Monday, January 25, 2010

Like a $10 check

Today I volunteered two hours of time to make sure money meant for Haiti goes directly to Haiti. I spent two hours entering data for checks written to the Clinton Foundation for the Haiti relief fund. The 50 checks I entered ranged from $10 donations to $1,000 donations. My two hours of work resulted in somewhere between $7,500 and $10,000 worth of donations being processed.

I am one of many folks who have given their time so the money donated doesn't get channeled into overhead costs and can proceed to the organizations assisting Haitians as quickly as possible. In comparison to the people who are on the ground in Haiti dealing directly with the devastation, my two hours sitting in an office at a computer seems a bit like $10 check: a very small solution to a very big problem. Realizing how that one $10 check added up with the thousands of other large and small checks was inspiring though. It made those two small hours seem like time well spent.