#YolandaPH (Haiyan): Filipinos worldwide heed call to action


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Learning about the storm through international news and social media, Filipinos outside the country have heeded the call to help

MANILA, Philippines – Relief efforts began as soon as the devastating Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) had left the Visayas. In different areas of the affected region, government agencies, businesses, and NGOs, are trying to focus their efforts on providing relief for the millions left without food, water and proper medicine.

Learning about the storm through international news and social media, Filipinos outside the country have also heeded the call to help. (READ: #ReliefPH: Victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) need your help)

Here is a running list of overseas relief efforts of Filipino organizations around the world.

(as of 7:31pm, Tuesday, November 19, 2013)

(Disclaimer: This is a crowdsourced list. Please do your due diligence and ask before you give any money)


  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Omega, Alpha Kappa Omicron, PASA and Soulciety are hosting a typhoon relief drive at California State University, East Bay, in Hayward, Calif, for the victims from Nov 12 to 14. They are collecting monetary donations, non-perishable food items, toiletries and first aid kits. Contact Mason Ignacio mason@pasacsueb.org, Romer Penalosa romer.empath.100@gmail.com, Dalena Tran Dtran233@horizon.csueastbay.edu, or Ryan Medina r.medina724@yahoo.com for inquiries. 
  • The Ugly Kitchen at 103 First Ave. New York, New York is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday November 12 from 5 pm-11 pm. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross Philippines. 
  • The Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA) and the United States Action Against PDAF (USAP Coalition) are accepting monetary donations at this time. All monetary donations will go towards helping the affected communities in the Visayas and will cover the cost of wiring the donations. Donations of any amount are tax-deductible. Please wait for further announcements for in-kind donations. For more information call FACLA at 213-484-1527. Address: 1740 W. Temple St Los Angeles, Ca 90026
  • Ejay Legaspi along with friends initiated an online crowdfunding initiative through this website to be sent to a team in Northern Cebu and Leyte. He is currently residing in Los Angeles. The team is part of Saint Joseph College Cavite City Batch 1999. Contact Tashi Fajardo at (562) 912-5285 for inquiries.
  • Singing in the Rain: Benefit Concert for Philippine Typhoon Victims, 58 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA, organized by the Harvard Philippine Forum at Quincy Dining Hall, is holding a concert on November 15 at 8 pm. Suggested donation at the door is $5. For those who can’t go but would still like to help, you can through their Indiegogo page
  • See these comprehensive lists of fundraising events for typhoon victims courtesy of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) of fundraising events in Chicago, Boston, New York, Hawaii, Virginia, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Diego and San Francisco.
  • Donations are being accepted for Typhoon Haiyan victims at Jose Rizal Center on 1332 West Irving Park Road, Chicago IL. Donation can be dropped off and volunteers can help pack good from November 12, Tuesday to November 13, Wednesday 12pm. More details here.
  • The Philippine Consul General, Leo Herrera-Lim and Filipino-American Sunda co-owner Billy Decivente have joined forces to hold a fund raising lunch at Sunda (110 W. Illinois St. Chicago, Illinois) on November 15, Friday, 11:30-3pm. A special Filipino menu will be served and all proceeds will go to the Philippine Red Cross. Call 312.644.0500 or visit their website for reservations. 
  • Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service has set up a fund to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief work currently happening in the Philippines. Donations to the fund can be made through the CSJ website. All donations will be directed to the Society of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, which has a project on the ground in Ormoc, Leyte.
  • River of Life International Christian Fellowship in Baltimore, Maryland is accepting donations at 10939 Philadelpia Rd. For inquiries, call 443-317-8056 or 646-763-7454. Goods and money donated will be sent to Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Cebu, as a command center to reach out to local communities.
  • For individuals near the Gainesville, Florida area who want to send aid to Haiyan victims in Tacloban, Philippines, you can check this Facebook Page to learn about relief initiatives that are being organized in the area. 
  • Friends of Sister Cities (FSC) is holding a fundraising event at Raja Sweets and Catering, 31853 Alvarado Blvd. Union City, CA for the affected cities of Baybay and Tacloban on November 16, Saturday from 3pm – 5pm. Donations will be sent to either the Philippine Red Cross or Rotary International (Philippine Chapter). Please make checks payable to Friends of Sister Cities and indicate: Donation to typhoon. Contact: Pat D. Gacoscos at (510) 918-7555 for inquiries. 
  • The following events will take place in the Fresno, Calif, area (c/o Fel Guzman: FilAm Association of Southern California, Email: FresnoFilAm@gmail.com, 1-559-417-6767):
      • Nov 17, 2:00 pm, Pangasinan California org, Fil-Am Center (Clinton Cedar)
      • Nov 22, 7:00 pm, PNACC (Philippine Nurses Assn. Central California), University Square Hotel
      • Nov 23, 11:00 am, Fil-Am Senior Day, Fil-Am Center (Clinton/Cedar)
      • Nov 29, 8:00 pm, Free concert at Cuvée, 1140 N Van Ness St (Tower District)
      • Nov 30, 6:00 pm, Pilipino Progressive Club, Tornino’s
      • Dec 6, 7:00 pm, Fil-Am Miss Philippines International banquet (Ashlan/West)
      • VisMin Christmas Ball, Radisson Hotel, Venture, St Fresno
  • Power ng Pinoy, in partnership with Philippine Red Cross, LBC, Island Pacific and Project PEARLS, is having a series of relief drives at the following dates and locations: Seafood City Milpitas Nov 16, Island Pacific Union City Nov 17, and Seafood City Concord Nov 23 
  • AT&T and Verizon are offering free calls and texts to the Philippines for costumers to contact their family and friends in the wake of Tyaphoon Haiyan until November 30. 
  • #Mixrelief was set up by a group of Las Vegas DJs donating their mixes to raise funds immediately for the American Red Cross. All proceeds go directly to Red Cross’ efforts to provide aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. 
  • YachtAid Global, based in San Diego, CA, will match dollar for dollar all funds raised specifically for Philippines Typhoon Relief. The organization delivers supplies to areas in need via yatchs. They also set up a travel fund for cover travel cost for verified Filipino crew to get home to the Philippines to search for family or to aid in the recovery effort. More details on their website
  • BAHAlA na tribe, a group of Filipinos in Texas, through AdoboHoeDown, is accepting donations and launching a t-shirt drive for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. 
  • The Angeles City Clark Bilabago Lions Club is having a donation drive for cash and in kind donations. The relief goods will be brought to the Haiyan affected municipalities of Sara and Ajuy, Iloilo; Bantayan and Madridejos, Cebu; and Merida and Ormoc, Leyte. Drop off point for goods is 24421 Shadeland Drive, Newhall, California (Contact Lellaine Flores-Vick +18186366106).
  • A “Typhoon Yolanda Relief Drive” under GivenTree.com (non-profit organization) is collecting funds for disaster relief efforts. The project involves the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER) and the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. Funds will be used to cover communication devices, as well as medical equipment and supplies the response team will use on the ground. For more information, click here.
  • GivenTree.com (non-profit organization) is also holding a benefit concert and silent auction as part of its Typhoon Yolanda relief efforts. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 22, 2013, 8:00 p.m and will be held at the Annex Building at 1105 Valpariso Ave., Menlo Park, CA. For more information, visit their page here.
  • KASAMA: the Filipino Club of Yale will be hosting a fundraising concert for the benefit of the victims of typhoon Yolanda on Thursday, November 21, 7-9:30pm at SSS114. Tickets are are $5 pre-sale and $7 at the door, with the proceeds going to the Yolanda survivors. The concert will be followed by a candelight vigil in the Siliman courtyard.
  • Wendell Mangibin created a booster campaign and selling shirts for the benefit of those affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). 100% of the net proceeds go to Red Cross. For questions and suggestions, email wmangibin@hotmail.com or message him at https://www.facebook.com/dinero.perro
  • The CSFA Benefit Program, a part of the Filipino community in Minnesota, is holding a concert called Giving Philippines Hope on November 24, 3-6pm at the Guardian Angels Church (8260 4th St. N, Oakdale MN). There will be a silent auction and a bake sale. Second plate collection for all masses will be given to the Philippine Red Cross.
  • The Filipino community in Minnesota will also be holding a Zumbathon Charity Event on December 1, 3-5pm, at Shape Me Fitness (2819 Hamline Ave., N Roseville MN)


  • Celebrity Tributes for Philippine Typhoon Haiyan Victims http://www.luisamarshall.com/celebrity-tributes-philippine-typhoon-haiyan-victims/ Thursday, November 14 at Grand Taj Banquet Hall, Unit 6, 8388 128 St. Surry, BC, V3W 4G2. Tickets are $30.  
  • Canada launches support for victims of Typhoon Haiyan through a matching fund. More information on donation criteria here.
  • Canadians may also donate through the Canadian Red Cross. Financial donations can be sent online, can be coursed through local Red Cross offices, or by calling 1-800-418-1111. 
  • Rescue Capiz is a group of volunteers in Canda and North America, who aim to assist victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Capiz province. They have an on-going relief drive to support communities in Pan-ay, Maayon, and Mambusao. More details on their website.


  • The Filipinos Association of Xiamen (FAX) is launching several activities in Xiamen, Fujian Province for typhoon and earthquake relief.
    • One Cause, One Heart, Nov 13: Donations in-kind can be dropped off at V58 restaurant on Hubin Bei Rd (beside KFC) and Bench at Hubin Xi Rd
    • Christmas Carol and Lantern Lighting, Nov 30: A special fundraising event at the Philippine Consulate
    • FAX Goes Caroling, Date TBA: Caroling at homes of OFWs and other expats for fundraising
    • FAX Christmas party, Dec 7
    • c/o Johnny So | email: Johnny@zzxinyan.net 

Hong Kong 

  • Students at Discovery College, Hong Kong have set up a collection box at the front of the school to collect donations for the typhoon victims. Collection period is from November 14 to next week. A dress casual day on Friday, November 22 is also set up for students to dress in colors of the Filipino flag and give cash donations that will be forwarded to approved organizations working in the typhoon affected areas. More details here.


  • Michael Genove and other overseas Filipino workers in Singapore are holding a relief drive for victims of Typhoon Yolanda. They have donation boxes prepared at 52 Choa Chu Kang North 7 Regent Grove Tower B1, nearest MRT is Yew Tee. Michael may be contacted at +65 81281590.
  • Triskelion Singapore Council is organizing a mass collection for people in Singapore who want to donate (clothes, food items, etc) but are unsure where to drop off goods. Donations will be directly picked up from your location and brought to the Bayanihan Centre where they will be packed and shipped to the Philippines via LBC and A-Freight Cargo. Donation drop-off dates: November 12 -19, 10:00am-4:30pm and Donation packing dates: November 20-23, 12:00nn-4:00pm. Contact +65-9007-6154 and tsc_infocomm@yahoo.com for more information.
  • Food Bank Singapore is organizing an Emergency Meal Packing activity to send 90,000 meals for the typhoon victims. Donors are needed to sponsor the meals which cost $0.50 each. The activity will be held on Sunday, November 17, at *SCAPE, The Tree Top level 5 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, contact nichol@foodbank.sg or shermain@foodbank.sg.
  • LBC (in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross) is collecting goods for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The relief drive will be until November 30. Drop off point is at LBC Lucky Plaza, #03-46, 304 Orchard Road. Contact number: 800-1012708.
  • Platitos SG is having a donation drive from Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17, 12nn to 12 midnight. Donations may be dropped off at 1 Tras Link, #01-08 (nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar). For more information, please contact Mai (90177411) or Maan (96884683).
  • Macoline (S) Pte Ltd is collecting relief goods at 31 Jurong Port Road, #05-20 Jurong Logistics Hub 619115. Goods may be dropped off from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm until November 20.
  • Bayanihan Centre is holding a donation drive from November 12 to 19, 10am to 4:30pm. Goods may be dropped off at 43 Pasir Panjang Road. For more information, call 64743700 (9am to 5pm only) or e-mail Bembit Villa (bembit.bosavilla@gmail.com).
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church at 301 Yoi Chiu Kang road is collecting relief goods on Sunday, November 17 from 8am to 8pm.
  • Proceeds of the GK Singapore 5K/10K Fun Run will be given to the victims of the super typhoon. It will be held on Sunday, November 24 at the Bedok Reservoir.
  • Sagip-Tulong 2013, a fundraising festival, will be held on November 24 from 10:30am to 7:30pm in Hong Lim Park. Donations in cash and in kind may be dropped off.


  • Party for a Cause is charging a 5-euro entrance fee per person on November 16, 7 pm onwards at Valentino, Avenida de Bayona 32 Bajo Trasera 31008 Pamplona, Spain. All proceeds will be forwarded to the Philippine Red Cross.

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United Arab Emirates

  • Brunch for a Cause. This will cost AED50 and will be happening at the Philippine Consulate General and Philippine Overseas Labor Office Compound on November 15 from 11 am to 4 pm. Those who would like to attend are urged to bring relief goods such as canned goods, noodles, medicine, towels, soaps, and blankets. For more information, contact: FilCom President Matilyn Bagunu at (050) 213-1481.
  • Aid of Hope is a charity event with several activities such as a charity lunch, walk for a cause, and a bazaar. It will be on November 15, at the Zabeel Park Ampitheater from 8 am to 5 pm. Filipinos Unite for a Cause will be working with the Red Crescent Society in this event, providing donation cans and boxes. All proceeds of the collection will go to the Philippine National Red Cross.
  • Filipino Fun Fiesta will be for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda and Bohol Quake victims. This will be at the Wonderland Theme and Water Park on November 22 from 11 am onwards. For more information, click here.
  • Lunch for a Cause fundraising will be held at the Wonderland Theme and Water Park on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 11am. The lunch costs UAE50 a plate and all proceeds with go to the aid of the earthquake and typhoon victims in the Philippines.
  • Volunteer in UAE, a non-profit organization based here in Dubai will be collecting in kind donations from various places in Dubai, on Thursday November 14. Volunteer UAE is coordinating with the Phil Consulate for this campaign. Check their Facebook page for the list of drop off location and more details on how you can help.

United Kingdom

  • Refresh this page for upcoming fundraisers in London.
  • Rise Philippines, organized by a group of London based Filipinos, set up the Just Giving page for donations. Over the next month they will also be doing different events in London to gather donations and relief aid for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
    • Rise Philippines is holding a fundraising event on Monday, November 25 at Tonteria, 7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG, London 
  • ONE NATION: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Operations organized by the Philippine Nurses Association of United Kingdom is holding an an open charity donation day drop-in centre event at the Philippine Embassy London, 6-8 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HG, on November 15, Friday and November 16, Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Contact 447449899212 or admin@pnauk.org.uk for more details. You donations will be distributed to the affected areas of Leyte, Tacloban, and Samar. 


  • Cooperating Aid Organizations (Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties) is a cooperative effort of aid organizations (Red Cross, Oxfam, UNICEF, World Vision, Save the Children, etc.) will have on Monday, November 18 a whole day of nationwide televised fundraising for the Phlippines with well-known Dutch personalities – tune in and call to donate or donate now via iDeal, Credit Card or Bank Transfer.


  • Australian Catholic University Postgraduate Association through “Donate Now Give Hope” aims too provide humanitarian services to the victims of the world’s strongest cyclone in the Philippines and to put into action our University’s mission and values of making a difference toward alleviation of human suffering and restoring dignity of every human being. For details, click here
  •  Australian College of Nurse Practitioners launched a fund campaign for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. 
  • PLR Balik Bayan Boxes in Perth, Western Australia, is organizing shipping containers for relief goods to be sent to Philippine Red Cross. More details on their facebook page. 
  • Filipino communities in New Zealand are also holding relief efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Sint Maarten

  • The Filipino Community Foundation of Sint Maarten, Dutch Caribbean is organizing different activities for fund raising. Donation boxes will be set up in various groceries and supermarkets and on November 17, Sunday, Filipino children will have a lemonade sale in Grand Marche supermarket in Bush road. Contact Ferdie Odono odonofer@yahoo.com, Jovito Hermoso joven55@gmail.com, Gilda Jadongan gmjandongan@yahoo.com, or Marlon Guerina marlonguerina@yahoo.com for details and inquiries.


  • Towards the Pacific, a coalition of Israeli civil society organizations, is accepting donations for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Funds allotted for the relief mission are used to cover volunteers’ expenses and include their preparation for the mission, dispatch and living expenses during the mission. The delegation headed by Sauveteurs Sans Frontieres – Rescuers without Borders, includes a professional medical team of 7 volunteers that will carry out initial rescue from the debris and life saving medical aid. The following delegations will give life preserving medical aid, psycho-social and community rehabilitation. For online donations, click here and here. To contribute directly to Sauveteurs Sans Frontieres – Rescuers without Borders, click here.



  • Solidatrity Overseas Malta (SOS Malta) is accepting donations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan  through their website.


  • World Food Programme Philippines is accepting donations through their website
  • For the Ayala Foundation’s “Laging Handa Fund,” overseas donors can use this online portal for donations.
  • ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families around the world who are affected by disasters. Donations are welcome through its website. Know more about their efforts in the Philippines for victims of Typhoon Yolanda here.
  • Save the Children is collecting donations through its website. Save the Children has a team on the ground in Tacloban working to respond to this emergency. They are focusing on blankets and mosquito nets for the affected families.
  • UNICEF is accepting online cash donations through its website.
  • The UN High Commissioner for Refugees or UNHCR is accepting donations through their website.
  • Habitat for Humanity is accepting online donations to help raise funds to provide cleaning kits to 50,000 families, shelter repair kits to 30,000 families and 10,000 core houses. to all the affected areas of Typhoon Haiyan. You may donate on their website
  • ANCOP USA Foundation for international donations through this website.
  • United States residents can make tax-deductable donations through the US Philippines Society.
  • Disasters Emergency Committee is accepting donations online. More details on their website. 
    The Olahay Family from Sweden started an online fundraiser to help recover the homes of the children of San Roque, Tanauan, Leyte. You may support their campaign here.
  • The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada is appealing to members of credit unions and cooperatives across Canada for financial support to aid victims of Haiyan. Donations can be made online or by mail to the Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada, 275 Bank Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2L6. Please indicate that your donation is designated for the Philippines Flood Relief Fund. Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $10.
  • The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, an alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States, is collecting monetary donations for the relief and rehabilitation of typhoon victims. More information can be found in their website.
  • Give2Asia, a US-based social enterprise that serves as a catalyst for philanthropic investment in Asia, is collecting funds online for the Typhoon Yolanda victims. More details can be found on their website.
  • Thresher Shark Divers is accepting donations to help the victims of the recent typhoon on Malapascua Island through a fundraising website.
  • Groupon Philippines is accepting donations through its website.
  • Streetlight Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Tacloban, Philippines, was directly in the path of the typhoon. You can help by donating by Pay Pal to:help@streetlight.org. Or via bank: 4202 31 56606. IBAN: NO42 4202 31 56606 SWIFT: SPTRNO22
  • Soshified’d Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund will be forwarding all donations to UNICEF, which is providing children and families in the Philippines with clean water, nutrition, and vaccines. 
  • Towards the Pacific, a coalition of Israeli civil society organizations, is accepting donations for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Funds allotted for the relief mission are used to cover volunteers’ expenses and include their preparation for the mission, dispatch and living expenses during the mission. The delegation headed by Sauveteurs Sans Frontieres – Savers without Borders , includes a professional medical team of 7 volunteers that will carry out initial rescue from the debris and life saving medical aid. The following delegations will give life preserving medical aid, psycho-social and community rehabilitation. For online donations, click here and here.
  • Back to Basics (back-to-basics.org) is selling recycled shirts with designs that support the Philippines online. Profits will fund around three shelter boxes containing food, water and shelter. A box can provide relief for 10 people for 30 days. Shirts will be available for pre-order until November 27, and will be mailed out by December 11. Designs can be viewed here.
  • Quickcauses.com is a transparent crowd funding platform aimed at empowering local citizens to solve problems in their own localities with credible projects with international funding support. Recently they have been helping a doctor in Manila to raise funds internationally to purchase medical supplies for the victims of Haiyan typhoon. At the moment, the platform is non-profit. For inquiries, contact Vivian at vivianc@quickcauses.com.
  • You may also contribute to the Red Cross Haiyan relief efforts through iTunes. 100% of proceeds will go to supporting the Red Cross relief operations. 

Are there relief efforts going on where you live? Let us know. Email move.ph@rappler.com or comment below. – With reports from Michaela Romulo/Rappler.com

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