Cloudera Cares: Natural Disaster Response

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Since Cloudera Cares’ inception, our goal has been to impact the lives of our local communities. As Cloudera has grown to a family of over 1,600 globally, Cloudera Cares has scaled alongside with it.

The slew of recent natural disasters around the globe has inspired us to partner with nonprofits to help bring supplies and funds to impacted areas – from Southeast Asia to Florida, USA.

We have organized a few drives that we invite you to participate in.

 

Southeast Asia Floods Fundraiser:

Feared to be one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years, the South Asia Floods have affected over 45 million people and left more than 1,200 dead.

Cloudera Cares has partnered with Mercy Relief, a nonprofit headquartered in Singapore that focuses on disaster relief. In the past decade, they have helped impact 2 million people in over 24 countries. Mercy Relief focuses on water and sanitation, shelter, sustainable livelihoods, healthcare and education.

With food shortages & water borne diseases on the rise, Mercy Relief will be distributing much needed supplies to help meet the needs of those impacted by the Southeast Asia floods.

We’re thrilled that we have already raised over $5,000SGD, we’re working on exceeding our initial fundraising goal. Your help can go a long way, please contribute here.

** Please note that all donations for foreign charitable causes are not eligible for tax deduction.

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive:

Hurricane Harvey drenched the Houston Metro Area with some areas receiving over 50 inches (127 cm) of rain in four days[1], which caused mass devastation – and resulted in 82 confirmed deaths[2] and over 30,000 evacuations.

With a large Texas based Clouderan family, we felt the direct impact of Hurricane Harvey. With feet on the ground, Cloudera Cares was able to identify many items that were needed in Houston and the surrounding cities. We quickly compiled an Amazon Wish List of items to be sent to our Austin, TX office as packages were not being delivered in the hardest hit areas.

A few items sent to the Austin office for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive

A few items sent to the Austin office for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive

Many Clouderans have volunteered their time to personally go out and distribute items. However the generosity has been so tremendous, that we have also partnered with Austin Disaster Relief Network. They’re hosting regular convoys comprised of volunteer workers to make relief deliveries to areas in need. They have graciously agreed to also distribute our donations.

Although we have many donations, our wish list still has many items that still haven’t been purchased. Send an item now.

 

Hurricane Irma Fundraiser:

Right on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma hit many islands in the Caribbean, and touched ground in Florida, leaving a path of disaster. Though Cloudera doesn’t have ties as strong as we do in Texas or Singapore, we still wanted to contribute.

On behalf of Feeding South Florida, Cloudera Cares is raising funds to help the areas in Florida who have been hit the hardest. Hurricane Irma not only impacted the surrounding areas, but the food bank has been left without power – meaning they have lost all of their perishable items. With most roads still compromised, the costs to move food and supplies from other parts of the state has skyrocketed. Every little bit helps, please consider donating here.

 

Additional Upcoming Cloudera Cares Events Open to the Public:

  • Strata Data Gives Back: Cloudera Cares will provide 400 kits to homeless youth in New York City through Covenant House. On Wednesday, September 27th at Strata Data Conference New York, we will be asking conference attendees to assemble the kits. During the conference we will deliver the kits to the New York chapter of Covenant House – a mere 0.6 miles from the Javits Center. Learn more.
  • Grace Hopper Conference Open Source Day 2017: We are partnering with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to build an interactive map to help disseminate information to law enforcement and the public around attempted child abductions. Open Source Day will take place on Thursday, October 5th. Register here.
  • JDRF One Walk San Francisco: Cloudera Cares will be walking with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help raise funds and awareness around Type One Diabetes on Sunday, October 22nd. Join our walk team!

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[1]Harvey marks the most extreme rain event in U.S. history | The Washington Post
[2] Texas officials: Hurricane Harvey death toll at 82, ‘mass casualties have absolutely not happened’ | The Washington Post

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