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Friday, January 07, 2005

Seattle , USA Volunteers (Medical Assistants) willing to help - Directions Needed

--- From a blog reader---

My name is Ken Johnston. I am writing to you from Seattle Washington, United States.
I'm an Medical Assistant very concerned about the disaster in SE Asian. I have been trying to find out how our group can get over to SE Asia and help with the Tsunami disaster.

There are many other people wanting to volunteer. But this is my problem: I and a number of other people don't really know how to go about finding an organization we can join without months of waiting for applications to be completed.

We are asking anyone in SE Asia who might give us information for volunteers coming over there to help.

We are sending some people to Bankok in a week to establish an office to give us more information. But we feel that going to help in Sri Lanka might be needed more. But we are not sure.

We are concerned as well about the understandable disorganization around sending too many people and supplies to one place and not enough to many other places.

What we need are some solid contacts who can inform us as to what needs we can help with as far as sending volunteers.

I would be eternally grateful.

We want to help!

Thoughts? Ideas? Help? let me (us) know, please.

Ken Johnston
(Seattle, WA)

please reply to:


Also: Here's my number 206-478-4384 in the States, just in case.

As well, there are some links below to the group we associate with:

You can go here to see what's up with the group and join in the discussion:

and also go to:
United Volunteers
"...because I didn't want to just sit here and do nothing"

Travel Med Clinics for Vaccines in Seattle: http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/health/community/immunizations/travel.jsp
11 Comments Post a Comment
Blogger VM said :

Hi, Ken.

If you write to vm@volunteerministers.org or contact the Church of Scientology of Seattle 601 Aurora Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109 Tel: 206-284-0604
E-mail: cofsseattle@earthlink.net
Web Site: www.scientology-seattle.org, we are putting together teams of volunteers who are going out to all four disaster zones. We would be very happy to have your help.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

NMHA News Release February 15, 2002

NMHA Warns Public, Scientologists Not Qualified to Provide Mental Healthcare

Statement by Michael M. Faenza, President and CEO of the National Mental Health Association

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (February 15, 2002) Today NMHA warns people in need of mental health support to beware of Church of Scientology representatives claiming to provide mental healthcare. Almost six months after the Sept. 11 tragedy, with the economy in recession and the war on terrorism continuing, the Church of Scientology is using this time of uncertainty to recruit new members.

The Church of Scientology has announced a campaign to offer free assistance to those still troubled by the attacks of Sept. 11, with billboards publicizing their toll-free number and the message “Something Can Be Done About It,” in New York, Washington D.C., and other select cities across the country.

For a Church of Scientology volunteer to be certified as a minister, he or she is required only to read The Scientology Handbook and pass a short examination in a Scientology church or mission.

A qualified mental health provider has years of education and post-education training, a degree from an accredited program, and is usually required to be licensed by the state in which they work. NMHA advises people seeking mental health treatment to check their providers’ credentials and affiliations.

This isn’t the first time we at NMHA have urged the Church of Scientology to stay out of mental health. In the wake of September’s attacks, Fox News broadcast a toll-free help-line for “National Mental Health Assistance,” unaware that the number connected callers to the Scientologist’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Scientologists also sent 450 counselors to ground zero under the guise of providing mental health assistance.

Claiming to provide quality mental health support to people in emotional crisis for dubious reasons is unethical and can be harmful to those needing real assistance.

The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans through advocacy, education, research and service.

NMHA provides mental health assistance to American communities through its local affiliates. For mental health information and referrals contact us at 800-969-NMHA (6642) or www.nmha.org.

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Blogger bikash said :

I, Lion Bikash Ch. Deb, am zone chairperson of zone III, Region VI, District 324 C5, Lions Clubs International. My home club is Lions club of Secunderabad Diamond, situated at the city of Hyderabad, India.
We have taken up emergency relief work for victims.
Now we are making arrangements for rehabilitation of the victims. To raise fund, we are organising group-conducted tours for foreigners. The details are:
Sights to be covered - New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Chennai / Pondichery, Hyderabad. One-day tour will be to the rehabilitation center where visitors can see the work done in the center and also can interact with the victims.
Cities for sight seeing also can de designed for specific group interest.
No. of days - 15 days
Tour cost includes – 3-4 star hotel accommodation, Domestic airfare, European meals, air-conditioned coaches for local sight seeing.
Tour cost - US$3330
Min. no. of persons per group - 25
I request all the kind hearted people to come and visit India and also help us to take up rehabilitation work.
Please pass on this message to your neighborhood.

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