Earthquakes yesterday shook Americans around the entire country — in the East, Midwest and West — and united us as awed spectators of Mother Nature. “I hope everyone’s okay” trumped all other afternoon priorities. Pittsburghers even called to check on family and friends in Baltimore, which says a lot for humanity only weeks away from the Steeler’s season opener against the Ravens.
We felt the earthquake on Penn Avenue and its uniting qualities, too. We thought of Haitians, who, even after a year and a half, are far from full recovery after the 2010 earthquake. There is an article in the Los Angeles Times today about Haiti and the long road ahead.
Haitian children walk to school.
For more information about Haiti and how to help, visit our website.
Sierra Club ranked
the greenest colleges and universities in the country and several institutions in the region fared well. The list included Penn State
(27), Allegheny College
(52), and Chatham
(61). Congratulations to the Western Pennsylvania schools that were recognized for their dedication to environmental sustainability.
Sarah Laskow, reporter for GOOD.com, covered the story and outlined three ways to prioritize your commitment to greener operations. She speaks specifically to schools, but the advice is applicable to any organization. Making it official, listening to our community and sharing with others will continue the virtuous cycle.
Rolf Rosenkranz, editor of Devex.com, wrote a frightening update about the challenges that some international nonprofit organizations are facing in the countries that they serve. The article discusses difficulties in several Global Links regions, including Latin America and Ethiopia, a country that recently received suture from us.
We have not had any trouble recently and don’t plan on it. Global Links works with governments and non-governmental organizations so we are sure to provide the right supplies to the right people.
You can read Rolf Rosenkranz’s story here.
We work tirelessly to support mothers and infants in Latin America and the Caribbean because no child should be endangered by where and when they are born.
Warning for volunteers and visitors: It is now almost impossible to visit us without craving French fries. New Years resolutions beware.
Thanks to green initiatives taken by local groups and government, Global Links trucks are running on biodiesel derived from used cooking oil, which smells like French fries when processed.
PAPCA volunteers sorting at Global Links (photo by Leah Thompson)
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers celebrated their organization’s 50th anniversary at Global Links on Saturday.
Global Links won first prize ($20,000) at the 2011 Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch Competition for social innovation!