Super typhoon Rolly (Goni) may be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but what it left in its wake is still apparent in many areas of Luzon—and with the people. Dubbed the strongest storm to hit the world this year, the first of November was met with Rolly’s destructive winds, reaching 225 kilometers per hour at its peak. With a current death toll of 20 and hundreds and thousands of residents displaced, Bicol, Batangas and neighboring regions are some of the many areas greatly affected by this natural disaster.
Wherever you may be, folks—yes, even the younger ones—can help out those whose lives were heavily affected by the onslaught. Here are a couple of ways to start out.
Donate, donate, donate
If you have the means to do so, several orgs and foundations have opened their channels to help people in affected areas. Whether in cash or in-kind, these youth groups below are open for donations.
#RollyPH CALL FOR DONATIONS
In preparation for the devastation of super typhoon Rolly, Tulong Kabataan would like to ask for donations to provide relief to our brothers and sisters in the Bicol Region as well as for the setting up of soup kitchens in NCR. pic.twitter.com/08SWg5tYpA
— Tulong Kabataan Network (@TulongKab) November 1, 2020
I am helping our chapters, mems support their communities through setting up food, water stations and relief ops. Let me know if you're in! Volunteers can also help with delivery and distribution of ready to eat meals. Fresh produce for community kitchen is welcome. Salamat ? pic.twitter.com/LLtAUgmATX
— Sarah Elago (@sarahelago) November 1, 2020
Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines
Parts of the PH were recently ravaged by Typhoon Rolly, with another typhoon expected to hit the country soon. We are calling on our local & international friends for donations to help the affected.
— ??Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (@YACAPhilippines) November 2, 2020
UP Diliman University Student Council
Juan Spark Youth Leaders
SAAN AABOT ANG 20 MO?
In preparation for the aftermath and relief initiatives for #RollyPH and #SionyPH you may donate at least 20 pesos for the purchase of relief packs to be given to local communities and devastated areas.#ReliefPH pic.twitter.com/VASQ3wkB4Q
— JuanSpark Youth Leaders (@JuanSparkPH) November 1, 2020
National Union of Students of the Philippines
[CALL FOR DONATIONS]
The National Union of Students of the Philippines is seeking donations and assistance in order to provide relief to the Bicol community who have been affected by Typhoon Rolly as well as establish soup kitchens in NCR.#RollyPH#ReliefPH#BangonBicol pic.twitter.com/YMwXgPXIRF
— NUSP (@NUSPhilippines) November 2, 2020
[CALL FOR DONATIONS]
for the victims of Typhoon Rolly in CALABARZON and the Bicol Region
— UP Los Baños USC (@UPLBUSC) November 2, 2020
Certain orgs—like University of Los Baños’ student union—are accepting volunteer work, IRL or not. While on-site operations are only one side of it, organizations are also looking for folks who can work behind the scenes with publicity and remote research.
Buy art and other stuff (for a cause)
Support local artists, donate to the Typhoon Rolly relief and get cool art while you’re at it. Many folks over at the art side of Twitter are opening commissions for a cause, with proceeds going to typhoon survivors. Of course, this isn’t the first time #ArtPH showed their philanthropic side—several artists have also opened commissions for frontliners earlier this year.
Get the word out
Yep, that’s it. If you aren’t able to shell out goods, the best way to lend a hand is by getting the word out on what’s happening in these areas and what we can do about it. Share lists of donation drives and verified updated news—a lil’ retweet can do a whole lot.
Photo from Inquirer.net