Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Foundation last month to aid the fight against the Ebola virus, and the social network announced Thursday that it is joining the fight with three related initiatives — offering an easy way for users to donate to the cause, teaming up with UNICEF to provide information and working with NetHope to connect medical and aid workers in affected regions.
Not long after two explosions reportedly killed two people and injured several others Monday at the Boston Marathon, people started using Facebook to not only share news, but to share well wishes for those involved and donate to the American Red Cross. Runners and spectators on the scene have also used Facebook to alert family that they’re OK.
President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are asking their Facebook supporters to donate to the American Red Cross as states along the East Coast brace for Hurricane Sandy. The presidential candidates have essentially halted most political activity until the hurricane passes by the East Coast.
Wondering how you can help those affected by Hurricane Sandy? Facebook can help. The American Red Cross has been using its Facebook page to post information about shelters, as well as to accept donations for the cause. The social network also reminded its users on the East Coast that posting status updates on Facebook from mobile devices is a quick and easy way to let loved ones know they are safe.
New survey results released today by the American Red Cross finds that 18 percent of respondents use Facebook to gather emergency information in disaster situations.
As Hurricane Irene bears down on the southeast U.S., government agencies and disaster relief groups are including Facebook in their readiness plans for natural disasters and other potential hazards.
Help Causes reach its $50,000 fundraising goal for victims and survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.