Every year Unite to Light makes a plan that includes providing our solar Luke Lights and Chandler Chargers to people experiencing disasters. We depend on your help and generosity to fund these response and recovery efforts. And while we have several long time partners (like Direct Relief) we can count on to help with distribution, we never quite know where those disasters will strike or how big the “give” will be.
2021 proved to be another tumultuous year with fires, floods, freezes, hurricanes and earthquakes that impacted us close to home and around the globe. Our supporters, like you, funded thousands of units to help people who had lost everything. Read on to hear about a few of the projects you helped support this year, and also grab your “Stay” or “Go” Checklist so that you’re prepared when a disaster strikes.
We are thrilled to announce our Fall Gift of Light Grantees. We chose these organizations to partner with Unite to Light and receive free Luke Lights and Chandler Chargers to help light the world. Each organization shares an overlapping goal with Unite to Light as they enhance education, improve global health, help in times of disaster and serve people experiencing homelessness. Below is additional information on each organization that was selected in our Fall grant cycle, including their mission and how they will be using Luke Lights or Chandler Chargers in their communities.
We are excited to announce our Spring 2021 Gift of Light Grantees! These organizations were selected from a robust group of applicants and have been selected to receive free Luke Lights and/or Chandler Chargers, as well as partner with Unite to Light through numerous other programs to enhance and amplify our efforts to light the world. Read on for information on each of the seven organizations selected and how they will be using the Lights/Chargers. If you’re interested in applying for our Fall Gift of Light cycle, please apply here before August 31, 2021.
Dwindling Resources and Lack of Electricity Impact People Experiencing Homelessness: HRTC Is there to help!
The year 2020 was a devastating year of natural disaster events. The United States experienced 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020, totaling approximately $93 billion in damages. California recorded 5 of its 6 worst wildfires, with 10.3 million acres burning across the country. There were 12 tropical storms that made landfall in the U.S., along with several tornado outbreaks and severe storms.All the while, the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the world at an unprecedented speed, costing the lives and safety of many.
In the event of an emergency, it is crucial to be prepared ahead of time, but thinking ahead about a possible disaster is unnerving, and it can be difficult to know where to start when getting supplies. For some disasters you will need to evacuate with little to no notice, while others can require you and your loved ones to stay put and wait things out. You should be prepared for either eventuality, and have the right supplies ready for each situation. Our guide will break down what to pack in a to-go bag when you have to leave at a moment’s notice, and how to supply a stay-box, in the event that you need to shelter at home.
Unite to Light (UTL) is excited to announce the addition of Greg Padgett and Kaitlyn Coakley to its Board of Directors. Leadership is essential for UTL to flourish and continue to grow. UTL works as a team to bring light and energy to those living without electricity. Passionate, team-oriented, and intelligent leaders are what helps UTL work together to bring light into the world. UTL is very excited to introduce two new board members, Greg Padgett and Kaitlyn Coakley who are both committed, driven, and dedicated to their work to carry UTL’s mission into practice.
We are excited to introduce three new interns who will be working with us this Winter Quarter. They are all attending the University of California, Santa Barbara and earning their Minor in Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice. Read on to learn about them and what they will be working on this quarter.