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Wondering what you can do to help the people of Nepal, which was hit by a devastating earthquake this week? Here are a couple of options.
First, United Airlines is offering bonus airline miles to anyone who donates $50 or more to one of four organizations that are helping the affected region. You can earn up to 1,000 MileagePlus miles for donating $250 or more to either Airlink, Operation USA, Americares, or the American Red Cross before May 15, 2015.
Go here to donate and earn United MileagePlus miles.
Here are the full terms and conditions
- You must be a MileagePlus member to participate. To join MileagePlus, go to united.com.
- To receive award miles, MileagePlus members must donate via the CrowdRise website at crowdrise.com/UnitedNepalRelief. Donations will be collected via this tool. Members who donate $50-$99 USD will receive 250 MileagePlus award miles, members who donate $100- $249 USD will receive 500 award miles and members who donate $250 USD or more will receive 1,000 award miles. Your contribution may be tax-deductible.
- Donation must be made between April 27, 2015, and 11:59 p.m. (CT) on May 15, 2015.
- Donations are nonrefundable.
- The award miles relating to this offer can be earned a maximum of one time per MileagePlus account.
- An aggregate of 5 million total MileagePlus award miles are available for this program and will be given in connection with donations on a first-come, first-served basis.
- This offer is not combinable with other offers.
- This is a limited time offer and is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Unable to donate? There are other ways you can help!
Tomnod is a website that uses the power of crowdsourcing to comb through satellite photos. In the past, they have joined the search for missing planes, as well as for damage and survivors of other natural disasters. Tomnod has mobilized to help relief organizations get information to direct help to the areas of Nepal that need it most. You can join the hunt by looking at maps and surveying before-and-after satellite photos. When you see either damage buildings, neighborhoods, roads, or tents housing survivors, you can place a marker on the map. Marked locations can then be investigated even further by experts.
You can check out the Tomnod site and help the search here.
I have been doing this a bit myself, and the magnitude of the damage in some areas is just shocking. Nepal is going to need a lot of help after this devastating earthquake. Please help in any way you can, whether its with your money, your time, or both.