The CNMI Commonwealth Advocates in Recovery Efforts or CARE is encouraging members of the business community to join them in their long-term recovery work on Saipan.
Speaking at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting at Kanoa Resort yesterday, CARE communications committee member Glen Hunter said they are constantly seeking new members.
“The CARE group is open to everyone, it is very inclusive,” Hunter said. “It’s seeking new members and those members that we’re hoping to bring aboard…[are those] that can provide one of three things: money, manpower, or materials to address unmet needs.”
CARE was formed in August and is composed of non-profit, private, faith-based and other organizations to address long-term recovery as well as unmet needs of the community.
Hunter said Chamber members could help by joining CARE’s bi-weekly meetings or by encouraging volunteer work among their companies.
Some of the things that CARE is focusing on right now are debris cleanup, repair, and rebuilding of homes.
“These are huge tasks that CARE will be focusing on [and] attempt to address,” Hunter said.
CARE has seven committees: communications and resource development, donations and volunteer management, workforce recovery, spiritual and emotional care, disaster case management, construction, and public health.
“The group is continuously evolving based on the needs of the community,” CARE interim facilitator Gerri Willis said.
CARE will be having its next meeting on Oct. 13 at the third floor of the TSL Plaza in Garapan.
For more information on CARE, visit their website at www.cnmicare.com.
“I encourage you to go to the website. Let us know if your company would like to join,” Hunter said.