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The world is watching in sorrow as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, and loss of electricity are devastating people’s lives, homes and cities. Texas, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Mexico are in most need of disaster relief as of this writing.

The biggest need is for monetary donations, to provide the most basic human needs; fresh water, food, medicine, personal care items, soap, diapers, hygiene products, clothing, cleaning supplies, and construction materials to rebuild living areas. The cleanup task is monumental and the need is great. Financial assistance and volunteers will be needed for many months to help restore people’s lives and living conditions.

If you would like to send a donation or goods to help people piece their lives back together, here are suggestions of charities with high rankings for their use of nonprofit funds at CharityNavigator.org and Guidestar.org.:

International Relief Teams
This nonprofit provides global relief efforts year-round. CEO, Barry LaForgia is hands-on to help at any disaster.

The Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
Providing clothing, meals and sleeping arrangements for victims of catastrophe.

PROJECT HOPE This worldwide charity is helping in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas and Louisiana on the ground, and in the Caribbean partnering with cruise ship lines full volunteers delivering food and supplies to affected victims.

Texas Coastal Bend Food Bank Serving 11 counties in South Texas with backpacks of food items, meal kits and more.

Hope South Florida is offering housing assistance to displaced families and veterans. Contact Ted Greer at 305-301-9380. Food pantry and Mobile Showers are available.

Airbnb is offering some of their listings to people displaced from recent storms. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article173405406.html

Animals at Risk
The San Diego Humane Society rescued over 600 cats, dogs, and other animals in Texas after Hurricane Harvey. These animals are in California, available for immediate adoption.

Vietnam is no stranger to typhoons, floods, landslides, drought and natural disasters. Agencies in the country have been making improvements in every region over the past few years to strengthen existing infrastructure, build stronger roads, bridges, homes, and buildings to help withstand extreme conditions. Flood warning notifications and disaster preparedness measures have also been implemented throughout the country to provide notice to citizens ahead of storms.

VNARP, the Vietnamese National Association of Real Estate Professionals, is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to providing foreign affairs and economic development between Vietnam and the United States. Recently, 33 official delegates went on a 10-day real estate trade mission to Vietnam. Members of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) with VNARP aimed to foster mutual investment opportunities between real estate stakeholders in Vietnam and the United States. The group visited Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi and Da Nang — cities that rank in the Top 10 of the World’s “Most Dynamic Cities of 2017” according to the JLL City Momentum Index. Delegates included Ron Gonzales, former Mayor, City of San Jose, Lieu Nguyen, the President’s Liaison to Vietnam for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Hilda Ramirez, the Director of Public Relations/Events/Education for SCCAOR.

“The purpose of our trade mission is to mutually provide unique and professional insights to potential investors for the investment and real estate opportunities in Vietnam and the U.S. The mission’s primary objective is to attract and encourage foreign investments and create strategic cooperation with local and foreign companies, organizations and government agencies with relevant counterparts and exist as a gateway between both countries.”

These professionals are raising funds and awareness for areas in both Vietnam and in the US where Vietnamese communities need help. Currently, Hurricane Harvey victims are their focus.

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