Tzu Chi is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to worldwide charity, providing disaster relief, medicine and education to those in need, bone marrow donation and environmental protection and more all through community volunteers.
Their presence in the U.S. was brought to my attention by my employer. As you’ll see in the following video Tzu Chi’s footprint in the U.S. throughout 2012 is astounding.
Please note that while Tzu Chi operates on Buddhist principles, it is a human organization.
People of all creeds, races, religions volunteer and are helped.
The organization was established in 1966, by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Hualien, Taiwan. Throughout the years since then, they’ve expanded to all five major continents, providing aide to over 69 nations.
In 1984, Tzu Chi was first registered in the U.S. as a non-profit organization. With more than 20 community programs, volunteers provide family services, services to the homeless, visits to senior homes, medical and dental services, recycling and reading to children. They also work with neighborhood schools and alongside organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and more.
2001: Cash aide to families affected by the 9/11 attacks, totaling approximately $2 million dollars to 3,164 families.
2005: Cash aide to families affected by Hurricane Katrina, totaling approximately $4.12 million dollars to 22,487 households. A fundraising campaign utilizing Tzu Chi networks in over 30 countries made this possible.
2008: The American Red Cross and Tzu Chi agreed to combine their efforts in disaster relief, emergency preparedness and response, cross training and other cooperative actions in the U.S.
2010: Food, medical and dental aide were provided to families affected by the devastating earthquakes in Haiti. Over 200,000 people were helped.
For Tzu Chi’s footprint in the U.S. during 2012, watch the video below. Tzu Chi continues to offer aide to previously assisted disaster areas. The efforts don’t stop at the initial need for help.
Additional News, Memberships and Honors (Recent):
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD)
Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)
Champions of Change: Hurricane Sandy, Tzu Chi recognized by the White House on 4/24/2013
Agreement signed for Tzu Chi to work cooperatively with the Vatican, 4/26/2013
For more information visit the US Tzu Chi website.
Enjoy the video! It’s touching!