Giving the Nurses’ Gift of Healing to the Philippines this Thanksgiving

RNRN volunteer provides care in the Philippines.
RNRN volunteer, Mary Ann Libeta, provides care in the Philippines.

Thanks to your donations and willingness to volunteer, RNRN now has mobile medical clinics up and running in the Philippines that hundreds of typhoon victims are lining up to use every day. Nurses have stationed themselves at a ruined chapel, a local gym, and other sites in Roxas City on Panay, one of the islands hard hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. They are providing much needed medications, wound care, vaccinations for tetanus and other shots, and assessing and treating all kinds of injuries and illnesses.

“What an emotional, gratifying day. Seeing kids debrief about their experiences with the typhoon was just heartbreaking,” said Melanie Crisologo, an RNRN volunteer. Our team was so diligent, efficient, and most of all, fun, which made our long day worthwhile. The first day of my very first medical mission was a true incredible experience I will never forget.”

We are preparing to send a third team of registered nurse volunteers, who will operate as a second advance team and be assessing future deployment sites. Thanks to all of the generous donations that we are continuing to receive, once they identify potential deployment sites we will be able to send our dedicated RN volunteers to help when they are needed most.

As many of us prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and count our blessings for all we have, please remember those in the Philippines who now have nothing and need basics like water, food, shelter, and medical care. Please give generously.

Please make a tax-deductible contribution, volunteer, and share!

1. Volunteer to help If you're a Registered Nurse willing to respond to the tragic situation in the Philippines, please sign up here and provide information on your availability for the next few weeks. RNs have been asked to provide their availability over the next month.

2.  Contribute to the RNRN fund established to support disaster relief services and to help send nurses and supplies.

To donate by mail: Make checks payable to CNF/RNRN and mail them to: CNF/RNRN, 2000 Franklin St. Oakland, CA 94612.

3.  Do you have family in the Philippines affected by the typhoon? Please share your story

4.  Share this PDF flyer with RN colleagues

5. See and share photos from this relief effort with your social networks and ask friends to help.


Thank you,

California Nurses Foundation
Registered Nurse Response Network
2000 Franklin St.
Oakland, CA 94612

RNRN Disaster Relief Fund: National Nurses United and the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) work to send nurses to disaster stricken areas both inside the U.S. and internationally. Please complete this secure donation form and share it with friends to ensure that RNs are among the first responders. RNRN is a project of the NNU and the California Nurses Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are secure, and tax-deductible to the extent of the law. RNRN is a project of the California Nurses Foundation (CNF)*, working in cooperation with National Nurses United (NNU). NNU is the nation’s largest and fastest growing union of direct-care RNs, representing more than 170,000 RNs in all 50 states. We are our patient’s safety net. RNs are in a unique position to continue our long and proud history as social advocates, fighting for and providing equitable healthcare for all. *CNF is a nonprofit, founded in 1971, dedicated to charitable, scientific and educational purposes.