Mar 13

ShelterBox Fundraiser for Sendai*

As you may know, Sendai, the largest Japanese city closest to the epicenter of the recent 9.0 earthquake and capital of one of two prefectures ravaged by tsunami, has been a sister city of Riverside, CA for more than 50 years. Tens of thousands in Sendai and what is now estimated at more than 300,000 in the surrounding area have been left homeless – lacking even the basic necessities to get on with their lives.

Jurupa Citizen Corps is partnering with a growing number of groups and organizations in raising funds from what was originally the people of the new cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley, but has now been expanded to include the entire Inland Empire, to provide ShelterBox disaster relief supplies to the Japanese quake and tsunami victims.*

Please join us in this effort.  Add your organization or group or even yourself as a partner in our Team Inland Empire fund raising or  donate and help us reach our goal to send at least 15 ShelterBoxes (at roughly $950.00 each – which includes transportation and set up assistance) to the victims of this disaster. Any amount you can spare will help make an immediate and tangible difference to some displaced family. To become a fund raising partner, donate or establish your personal fund raising goal as part of our overall Team Inland Empire, please click here: https://shelterboxusa.myetap.org/fundraiser/reps/team.do?participationRef=1056.0.448193506

Why ShelterBox?

Please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/user/ShelterBoxUK

The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective. ShelterBox delivers the essentials a displaced family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.  In the U.S. Shelter box operations are headquartered in Florida. You can follow ShelterBox deployment activities and responder updates at: http://shelterbox.org/

Sample ShelterBox Contents

Sample ShelterBox Contents

* ShelterBox is almost always responding to multiple disasters simultaneously around the world.  As they are doing in Japan they respond immediately, even before any funds are donated in public response to a new disaster.  They can not promise that your particular donation will go to any specific disaster or location like the city of Sendai, yet do promise it will go where the immediate disaster relief need is great and/or to purchase supplies to have an inventory of ShelterBoxes on hand so they can immediately respond to the next major disaster – which, as we all know, will one day be right here in southern California.

To see details of what’s in a typical box click here.  If you would like to learn about becoming a ShelterBox Response Team member please click here.

ShelterBox Tent

ShelterBox Tent provides housing for up to 10 people


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  1. Nancy De Soto

    Hi Irene and Chris,
    The site looks really great! You did a nice job on it. Nancy

    1. Irene Long

      Thanks Nancy. It’s a work in progress, but we’re glad you like it and hope it will be an effective tool for community outreach education and team building.

  2. Michele Nissen

    Irene, the Shelter Boxes sound like a great idea but how are they being transported to Japan? What agencies are you working with to make sure that they get to where there is the most need and not caught up in the red tape? What happens if you don’t reach your fundraising goal?

    Thank you,

  3. Irene Long


    Your/our “goal” is just that. It is not a “commitment”. ShelterBox operates off of actual contributions received.

    The cost of and logistics associated with transporting the boxes is all handled by ShelterBox and funded out of donations. They have teams of trained volunteers around the world. Their point teams go into the country within the first couple of days after the disaster to assess the areas where help is needed and identify the logistical challenges that need to be addressed in order to get the ShelterBoxes from where they are assembled to where they need to go. In Sendai that point team arrived with 200 ShelterBoxes. As of yesterday’s update they had another 5,000 ready to be transported where needed once the Japanese government approved shelter as a kind of relief that they need and want.

    When the ShelterBoxes arrive in the affected area additional teams of volunteers who join the point teamsin the affected area then train and engage the recipient families in how to set up, use, and maintain their tents and other equipment. (The video link above gives you a good view of that happening in other disasters.)

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