Unemployed see opportunity to help in Haiti | SkyHiNews.com

Unemployed see opportunity to help in Haiti

The dearth of jobs in Grand County will pay dividends for some families in earthquake-stricken Haiti if Bradley Hilton’s plans come to fruition.

Hilton, a lifelong Grand County resident and 2009 Middle Park High School graduate, is trying to raise enough money to fly to Haiti so he can work for the nonprofit organization Hands On Disaster Response (http://hodr.org).

“I figured in that in my youth, I could go down and help out,” Hilton said.

And, he added, since he knows he will be between jobs during his scheduled work period of April 2 to May 10, he thought it would be an opportune time.

“Part of it is that unemployment is so bad right now … it’s kind of a gap between jobs,” Hilton said.

He is scheduled to work in the town of Leogane, about 18 miles from the capital Port-au-Prince. The town was two miles from the epicenter of the quake, which damaged nearly 90 percent of the structures in the town, he said.

Although his precise mission remains flexible, Hilton said he thinks he will be working primarily to clear rubble out of homes and “to help families rebuild.”

HODR provides volunteers with food six days per week and shelter, but Hilton said he needs to raise money to cover expenses such as a round-trip plane ticket, transportation within Haiti, travel insurance, vaccinations, and personal supplies for 40 days in “in a devastated Third World country.”

He said any surplus money he might raise through his efforts “will be donated directly to Hands On Disaster Response. Your donation will go 100 percent toward putting a relief worker into action.”

How to help

Bradley Hilton has established the Bradley Hilton Haiti Volunteer Fund at US Bank. Donations may be made directly to the account at any branch or may be sent to the fund via Hilton at PO Box 1402 Granby, CO 80446-1402. For more information, he may be reached by emailing him at sendbradleytohaiti@yahoo.com or by calling 970-531-7330.

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