UC Irvine Reaches Out to Japan


IRVINE — UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake on March 17 posted a message to the campus community about the disaster in Japan, including ways to help the victims.

“We have all been horrified by the destruction and human misery that have occurred in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” Drake said. “The evolving and unstable environmental challenge emanating from the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant and other effects of this disaster have appropriately garnered the attention of the world.

“Several organizations, including some on our campus, are receiving and channeling aid to victims. We have appended links below. For now please join me in sending our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to those affected by this tragedy.”

On Campus:

Origami crane sale

To show support for our Japanese friends and relatives and for surrounding countries, Tomo no Kai (Association of Friends) will sell origami cranes March 23-April 8 for $1 each. The organization hopes to make more than 1,000 cranes to send our wishes of safety and quick recovery, as well as financial support to the people of Japan and those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. This event is open to all clubs.


T-shirt and wristband sale

UCI’s Greek community is taking orders for T-shirts and wristbands with proceeds going to Japan relief. Orders will be available for pick-up on Ring Mall March 28-April 1. Last day to order is April 8.


American Red Cross collection sites

In support of relief efforts in Japan, Parking and Transportation Services has teamed with the Center for Service in Action to collect donations from the UCI community. Donations will be sent to the American Red Cross, which provides first aid, emotional support and relief items to those displaced. Stop by an information kiosk to make your contribution today. Cash donations also may be dropped off at the Center for Service in Action, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 301 G Student Center.


University Extension

University Extension’s International Programs have contributed greatly to the cause. A donation table is available just beyond the University Extension archway. The team has raised more than $2,450.


Off Campus:

Below is information from various organizations’ websites. For tips on giving to charities, see www.charitynavigator.org.

Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake

Donations to its Children’s Emergency Fund will help support outreach efforts.


UNICEF: Disaster in Japan

The world’s leading organization for children has extensive experience helping children who have survived trauma related to natural and man-made crises.


International Medical Corps

A team in Japan is assessing post disaster conditions and prepping critical supplies for delivery, focusing efforts on communities that have not yet been reached.


The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief

Donations will support Red Cross relief efforts throughout the Pacific.


The Salvation Army: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

Teams in Japan are distributing basic necessities to survivors and assessing damage to determine next steps.


Doctors Without Borders

Staff is working in evacuation centers and starting clinics.


Global Giving: The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

This project disburses funds to organizations such as International Medical Corps and Save the Children that are providing relief and emergency services to victims.


World Vision: Japan Quake and Tsunami Relief

This organization is focusing its efforts on responding to the emotional needs of children suffering from trauma in Japan.


Japan Society of Southern California: Japan Relief Fund

Donations will go to organizations in Japan supporting the relief and recovery efforts.


Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California: Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

All donations will go directly towards citizen relief efforts in the most affected areas.



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