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Important Volunteer Update

August 14, 2009
Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your continuing concern for the Typhoon Morakot victims. So many people from all over the world have volunteered to help, which touches us all!

We would like to share an important volunteer update at this time.

Many regions have already started to recover, bit by bit. The need for basic essentials, such as food and water, has dramatically decreased. People are now beginning to clean up their homes, as well as dispose of damaged property and garbage on the streets. Some major exceptions are in hard-to-access mountainous areas of Taiwan, chiefly in Kaohsiung County.

There is certainly much left to accomplish – we are not seeking to underplay the severity of the situation – but we have decided that from this point forward, local relief efforts will run much more smoothly if local governments take the lead. They will thus coordinate further volunteer efforts, and DPP teams will return from their stations in Tainan and Pingtung.

If you would still like to travel to southern Taiwan to help with the ongoing relief efforts, please utilize the following contact information provided below.

Please keep in mind that there are many more people in the south who speak predominately Taiwanese, rather than Chinese. In addition, it is unlikely that many local government officials on the ground will be able to provide foreign volunteers with English-language assistance. Therefore, we highly recommend that potential volunteers possess excellent Taiwanese or Chinese language skills.

Once again, thank you for your outpouring of support. We will continue to post frequent updates on this blog to keep you informed of all major developments.

Warmest regards,

The DPP Department of International Affairs

Local Government Contact Information:

Tainan County
台南縣20090813
台南縣政府中正堂:台南縣新營市明治路36號
聯絡窗口:曾淑如課長,電話:0937-303398

Pingtung County
屏東縣政府20090813
請預先報名以利文化局調派車輛與工作email:a250522@oa.pthg.gov.tw
洽詢電話:08-7365600、08-7365012

Chiayi County
嘉義縣20090813
志工專線電話:05-3622914、05-3625342
聯絡人:老人福利科劉小姐
地點:嘉義縣政府社會處:嘉義縣太保市祥和新村祥和二路東段1號

Kaohsiung City
高雄市20090812
志工報名區,88水患高雄志工報名網,可以自行前往的志工可先行報名
高雄市政府負責人:小龜0922456341

Taitung County
台東縣20090812
陳瑩委員台東設立捐贈中心 招募志工站 專線:089-360612
台東市廣傳路263號

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