Last Chance to Double Your Donation to Aid Local Refugees

Contributed by: Steve Welch, Canon for Communications

ECS Announces Matching Funds for Donations to Haitian Refugee Relief: Donate Now

Damage from the Aug. 14, 2021, earthquake in Haiti.

Episcopal Community Services of New Jersey has less than $1,000 left to its goal of raising $10,000 to aid refugees coming to the state from New Jersey.

Through Sunday, an anonymous donor will match all gifts up to $10,000 in donations to New Jersey efforts to aid refugees coming from Haiti.

To donate, visit the ECS–NJ donation page and be sure to select the “Haitian Refugee Relief Fund.”

In addition to a vibrant Haitian congregation at St. Elizabeth’s in Elizabeth, the state of New Jersey has the fourth-largest Haitian immigrant population in the United States, behind Florida, New York, and Massachusetts area. Thousands of refugees have begun arriving at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst outside Trenton, and the military has been seeking local help for aiding the refugees.

Haiti has a long history of political unrest and repression, as well as natural disasters such as the earthquake of 2010. In August, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the small Caribbean nation. More than 2,000 people were killed, more than 12,200 were injured. At least 137,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed. The quake is the deadliest natural disaster of 2021.

The earthquake added to the turmoil and political unrest set off by the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in July.

Donations to the ECS–NJ Haitian Relief fund will directly aid refugees settling in New Jersey. The fund has already raised more than $18,000.

You may donate here and select the fund for Haitian refugees.