U.S. Chamber's BCLC Activates Help Desk for Businesses Responding to Earthquake in Haiti

January 13, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After yesterday's catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) immediately activated the Office Depot Foundation-sponsored Help Desk (1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP, bclchelpdesk@uschamber.com) to connect companies who are interested in providing relief to the victims. The Help Desk is a central hub for businesses to share information on the relief and recovery efforts and document corporate aid contributions in real-time.

"When disasters strike, businesses are prepared to be on the front lines in providing aid," said Stephen Jordan, senior vice president and executive director of BCLC. "Businesses recognize that it's not about dollars and cents, but about saving lives and rebuilding communities, and that is the goal of our Help Desk."

Similar response centers were activated by BCLC after Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, China's earthquake in 2008, the Gulf Coast hurricanes in 2006, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, and several other catastrophic disasters. In the coming days, BCLC will host coordination calls, share information, document corporate aid contributions, and inform the public and relevant partners about the current state of corporate disaster aid contributions. BCLC has already heard from dozens of companies that are providing everything from health care to emergency food supplies to support for nonprofits on the ground.

Regular updates about ground activity in the disaster zones are available on BCLC's website: http://www.uschamber.com/bclc/haitiearthquakeresponse.htm.

Stephen Jordan will be available for broadcast and print interviews throughout the coming days to discuss the business community's efforts to offer a coordinated response to the tragedy. To book interviews, please call Katie Loovis, director of Business and Society Relations at BCLC 202-463-5407.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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