So you want to donate your hard earned money to those needing assistance in the wake of the natural disasters the past few months? We do too, so we did a little research to make sure we knew where we were giving what we can. As a group of food-loving parents, surfers, travelers, and yogis, we want to be certain that we are doing the best we can for those experiencing the devastating effects from the recent natural disasters.
We found a few natural disaster relief organizations that you may or may not know and our team is supporting them on our own:
- Direct Relief directrelief.org – 100% of designated donations are ensured to be used towards expenses supporting the designated program or response. Direct Relief’s website and the donation process are user-friendly. Payment is simple with any major credit card and they even accept PayPal. Besides, Direct Relief’s Goleta Headquarters are just down Hwy 101 from Ocean Ranch’s Global Command Center.
- Waves for Water wavesforwater.org – Waves for Water is focused on providing drinking water. As a California food brand, we know the importance of quality ingredients, with water being the most valuable for our active lifestyles. They go beyond just donating to a program, adventurers can even join a ‘Courier Program’ to distribute water filters along their travels, great for those of us already planning our next surf trip.
- USVI Recovery usvirecovery.org – The U.S. Virgin Islands were hit hard by both Hurricane Irma and Maria. Irma, Category 5, lashed its 185 mph winds on St. John and then St. Thomas, leaving large parts of these resort islands uninhabitable, let alone ready for the upcoming tourist season. Just as soon as the rainbows were overhead on the islands, Hurricane Maria, roared through the Caribbean, this time causing more destruction on St. Croix. Each of these islands relies heavily on tourism to support their island economies, and the likelihood of a profitable tourist season is bleak this year.
- Operation USA opusa.org – Operation USA is a Los Angeles based international aid organization operating without any government funding. By working with a hands-on mentality, Operation USA prides itself in being able to work as a “small ship that gets into the harbor where big ships can’t fit.” They are currently responding to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico.
- Team Rubicon teamrubiconusa.org – Team Rubicon was founded in 2010 as a dual-purpose relief agency. Veterans are given the opportunity to utilize their skills and talents with first responders to directly provide assistance in relief operations. Currently, they are working in Texas and Florida to help with Hurricane destruction. They also list all of their previous responses clearly on their website.
These are just a few of the many NGOs working to provide aid to the people that need it most right now. For many of us, day to day routine becomes so standard that it is easy to forget about what happens when disaster strikes, until it does. At Ocean Ranch, humanitarianism is alive and well (just like our tasty fig tree), and we encourage our friends around the world to help out with what they can.
When in doubt, be sure to check out Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org.
They rate and rank major non-profits as a third-party source and is a great tool to make sure your hard-earned money is being donated where you want it.