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By now I’m sure that you’ve all heard about the earthquake in Haiti. It’s the kind of tragedy that most of us will never be able to understand no matter how much we see about it on television or read about it in the newspaper. It is a worst case scenario for millions of people. The one positive thing to come out of this disaster is the response from the rest of the world—it shows that compassion is an overwhelmingly human trait. One of the organizations that is most associated with disaster response is the American Red Cross; in fact, “compassionate services” is what they do. In addition to disaster relief, they also work on: “community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.” While headquartered in Washington, DC, the American Red Cross has hundreds of local chapters across the country—it’s almost a certainty that there is one near you.

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If you look hard enough, you can find opportunity in nearly every situation. The earthquake in Haiti provides a tremendous opportunity to make a difference. There is so much that needs to be done, and, thankfully, the outpouring of donations from concerned people around the world will help to fund the work. The world of non-profit work has changed over the past week as projects directed towards helping Haiti have taken priority over other work. If you’ve been motivated by the earthquake in Haiti to look towards a non-profit career, then the American Red Cross might be the place to look. They have numerous opportunities at the local level (way too many for me to list here), along with opportunities at their headquarters in DC. If you’re interested in working at a local chapter, then check out this page to help you find the chapter closest to your desired location. You can also use the Red Cross’ job search function to sort through the 322 positions that they currently have listed. There are plenty of jobs for new college grads all across the country, so use this terrible situation to motivate yourself to make a difference.

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