After the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, local Boston-based organizations are finding ways to provide aid relief to the victims.

After the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, local Boston-based organizations are finding ways to provide aid relief to the victims.


Serving a large Haitian community in Roslindale, Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo also established a relief fund.


“My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families during this perilous time. I encourage residents to join with me in supporting this worthy effort,” said Consalvo. 


Individuals who want to contribute to the fund can make check or money orders payable to: Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund, Hyde Park Savings Bank, 1196 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136 or Haitian Earthquake Relief Fund, Committee to Elect Rob Consalvo, PO Box 84, Boston, MA 02137.


The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) also released a press statement extending its support and condolences to the Haitian community.


“After the devastating hurricanes of 2008, Haiti is obviously in extra special need of our support,” said Eva Millona, executive director of MIRA. In the press statement she added that aid should include extending Temporary Protected Status to Haitians.” If granted, TPS would allow qualified Haitians to remain and work in the U.S. legally until the situation improves in their homeland. “It is the most immediate relief we can offer,” said Millona. 


Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has authorized a second collection in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston, which will then be sent to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). In coordination with local and international agencies, the CRS will then decide how to best use the funds for relief. The parishes can choose either Jan. 16 and 17 or Jan. 30 and 31 to take the collection.


“The human tragedy unfolding in Haiti is heartbreaking and it calls all of us to help the people impacted by the earthquake. We pray for those who have perished, for the injured, for the displaced and for relief personnel who are courageously working to assist the people of Haiti at this difficult and sad time,” said O’Malley.


The cardinal added that Catholic Charities Boston is also working to assist the local Haitian community with loved ones in Haiti.