"The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers."
As human beings, it is in our nature to aid those who suffer. But do businesses have that same innate sense of responsibility, or even obligation? Whether you feel the answer is yes or no, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is quite necessary. CSR is a term that holds a dozen different meanings, but nevertheless, one meaning will always stand true: Corporate Social Responsibility is the act of giving back to the community. And, as the human elements of an organization, it is our duty to implement these CSR programs that assist our neighbors, our community and our world, whenever and wherever possible. As tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, it is time for people and organizations alike to step up and renew their commitment to give back.
First, on this anniversary, let us remember the ones who were lost, the ones who survived and the ones who still need our help. Also, let us thank the ones who are already donating their time and energy.
On January 12th, 2010, Haiti was overwhelmed by an incomprehensible earthquake that left millions of people in the midst of despair. In response, individuals volunteered their time, international groups sent aid shipments, and corporations sent donations. Dee Flores, an iCIMS Opportunity Consultant living in the Dominican Republic, joined in the effort and offered her assistance.
Living only a few hours from the epicenter, Dee was in her Santo Domingo home when she felt the effects of the quake, which locally registered 5.4. As she turned on the news, she saw just how destructive that same earthquake was only a short distance away. Haiti: 7.0. Instead of sitting and watching, Dee made a difference.
Due to the Dominican Republic’s proximity to Haiti, the wounded country turned to the DR for help. In Dee’s case, she took an "iCARE" volunteer day at work and devoted her time to the people who needed it most. Dee volunteered at local Santo Domingo hospitals where American and foreign victims were being treated. There she saw pain, love and hope: a French man searching the Santo Domingo hospitals for his love; a Haitian-American baby in surgery to recover from painful wounds, while the parents sat and hoped; and an American searching for clues to his uncle’s whereabouts. Bearing their suffering on her shoulders, she stood by them.
One month has passed since that heartbreaking day, and help is still needed. While we can’t all participate in onsite relief efforts, we can help in other ways. We can increase awareness with online announcements, offer support, and donate.
With an estimated 3 million people in need of emergency care, it is important that we and the businesses we work for follow in Dee’s footsteps. Be socially responsible: give back to the world and those in need.
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