Monthly Archives: February 2010

HT article: Bloomington pastor part of group in Haiti

From today’s Herald-Times, an article by Dann Denny:

Bloomington pastor part of group providing aid after Haiti quake
Survivors of Jan. 12 earthquake living in tents, makeshift huts

“Tents everywhere. People pleading for food and water. Rubble as far as the eye can see.

“This is the scene in Fondwa, Haiti, as described by Bloomington pastor Frank VanAllen this week.

“VanAllen is one of a group of five Hoosiers who arrived Monday in the small village, about 45 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince. They are doing relief work there following the catastrophic earthquake six weeks ago that has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people….”


Continue reading about Pastor VanAllen’s observations in Fondwa, Haiti in the February 24 Herald-Times, or read the story online at (Subscription required.)


Rachael’s Cafe Haiti benefit tonight!

A message from the IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies:

Join the Bloomington and IU communities TONIGHT for a great opportunity to support the recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti and build camaraderie with your community.

A Mardi Gras Fundraising Party
featuring roots music by Coyaba and Baraka
at Rachael’s Cafe
TONIGHT! Tuesday, February 23rd

This evening’s benefit, featuring live local music and Caribbean food at Rachael’s Café, will generously be donating their earnings to the Cram the Container Campaign! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to get some additional funding to buy some much needed supplies to send to Haiti and to complete our Cram the Container efforts. The money raised from these events will be spent on tents and camping gear from Bloomington dealers who have agreed to generously extend their wholesale prices to the cause. In addition to great food and music, there will also be $2 domestic beer specials.

Please help spread the word about this event and feel free to forward our message. We hope to see some of you there!

(More information about this event on the Bloomington for Haiti Events page.)

Donate your change to Haiti through Coinstar

Turn spare change into a cash donation for Haiti relief. Look for the ‘Donate to Haiti Relief’ screen on Coinstar machines at your local retailer. The money you donate will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and is fully tax deductible.

In downtown Bloomington, a Coinstar change machine can be found inside the Kroger store at 2nd and College (528 S. College), to the left of Customer Service. Other machines can be found at local Kroger, Marsh, CVS, O’Malia’s, and Wal-Mart stores.

For more information, or to locate Coinstar machines near you, visit


Students for Haiti Challenge

Social justice organization Partners in Health is challenging students, staff, and faculty at colleges and universities around the country to help them raise $50,000 from February 22-28 for health care services in Haiti. The total raised during the challenge week will be matched by the Entrepreneurs Foundation Help Haiti Fund, so that $50,000 could become $100,000.

The Challenge states:
“If you succeed in raising $50,000, Partners In Health will receive a grand total of $100,000. The value of this donation is enough to purchase an ambulance to transport critical patients to PIH health facilities AND cover delivery of life-saving medical supplies by cargo plane from Miami AND outfit 125 households with water purification systems AND support a mobile clinic in Haiti for three weeks – serving hundreds of patients with basic primary care, triage, and referral services.”

Unaffiliated donations are being accepted, but PIH is encouraging students to register their schools by emailing

More information about the Students for Haiti Challenge can be found on their Facebook event page at

You can also track Challenge week donations at


Updates from the Monroe County Red Cross

The Monroe County/Bloomington chapter of the American Red Cross recently announced the donation of $20,500 in funds raised by COOK employees around the world for the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

Follow Monroe County Red Cross updates, learn about upcoming events, and get more information on Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti at:

Bloomington Salvation Army officer serving in Haiti

From a post dated February 17, 2010 on the Bloomington Salvation Army website, here is an update on Lt. Jonathan Fitzgerald, currently overseeing food distributions in Port-au-Prince:

“Lt. Jonathan Fizgerald, the Bloomington Corps Officer, works in the brutally hot heat of Port-au-Prince where he is in charge of logistics and distribution for food and other supplies in the tent city of 20,000 that The Salvation Army oversees. Helping the local economy, he hires local Haitians to assist.”

The story continues at:
Bloomington Officer is Working Hard

Local lieutenant serving in Haiti

From a Feb. 11 post on the Bloomington Salvation Army’s website:

“Lt. Jonathan Fitzgerald has been called to duty in Port-Au-Prince Haiti for The Salvation Army’s relief efforts after the devastating earthquake. He is charged with directing food distributions there.”

Story: Lt. Jonathan to Serve the Suffering in Haiti

Lt. Fitzgerald will be in Haiti for 30 days directing Salvation Army food distributions. The Salvation Army had already distributed more than a million meals by February 4.

Story: Salvation Army in Haiti Distributes More Than a Million Meals

Lt. Fitzgerald is expected to send reports on his experience back to the Salvation Army, where they will be posted on the Bloomington/Monroe County chapter’s website.

For more information on Lt. Jonathan Fitzgerald or the Salvation Army’s work in Haiti, see