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Celebrity Volunteers Join AmeriCares Haiti Relief Efforts

  • January 19, 2010

Many of the thousands of caring and compassionate people who call to donate to AmeriCares Haiti Emergency Relief Fund have been unknowingly speaking with Hollywood heavyweights and media elites. To help with the influx of phone calls from people all across the United States who want to help earthquake survivors, celebrities have been manning the phones at our Stamford, Conn. Headquarters.

Acclaimed actor and director Tony Goldwyn and Susan Scarborough, wife of television and radio host Joe Scarborough from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and “The Joe Scarborough Show,” are taking donations from people all over the country who want to assist AmeriCares deliveries of medical aid.

“I’ve been a longtime supporter of AmeriCares because of how efficiently it’s run – over 99% of donations go to programs,” Goldwyn said in between fielding phone calls in the AmeriCares lobby. “When I heard about the situation in Haiti, of course my wife and I immediately wrote a check, but we also had time to give as well.”

“People just want to help somehow,” he said. “I’ve had people crying on the phone and telling me that they don’t have much to give. But every little bit counts, and the impulse to engage is a powerful thing.”

Susan Scarborough, who was recently in El Salvador with AmeriCares, has taken countless calls from generous donors.

I help AmeriCares not just because of its critical work during disasters such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, or Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti, but because as a successful nonprofit organization it has over 25 years of experience delivering more than $9 billion worth of critical aid throughout the globe.”

– Tony Goldwyn, critically acclaimed
actor and director

“Everyone is so desperate to help,” she said. “They’re watching the coverage and just want to do something.”

Susan Scarborough said she has been providing donors with up-to-date information about the AmeriCares emergency response team on the ground in Haiti.

“We’ve been letting supporters who call in know that our team on the ground is safe, and I think they’re comforted by that,” she said.

Goldwyn, a longtime friend of AmeriCares, is taking a time out from working on his upcoming film “Betty Anne Waters,” starring Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. Susan Scarborough, who volunteered on our recent disaster relief mission to El Salvador, has been active in AmeriCares social media efforts on Twitter.

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