As soon as he heard about the earthquake in Haiti, Matador member Jared Krauss decided he wouldn’t just sit around and hope for the best.

Jared Krauss is a 19 year old college student.

He could be out drinking on Friday nights, but he’s not.

He’s raising money for Haiti.

Within a few days after the earthquake, Jared reached out to Matador’s senior editor, David Miller, writing:

“I’m an avid reader of the Matador Network. When I read that Julie was organizing a trip of specialists to go to Haiti and help I could do nothing but want to go with. However, being a freshman in college doesn’t really result in being a specialist in any area other than drinking coffee, alcohol, eating, sleeping, cramming, and talking. I don’t really have the skills to offer right now.

However, I noticed the amount of people who wanted to help, but weren’t able to for lack of skills like me. Although I have an able body and mind, like many others, without the skills needed for the jobs, we would just be another mouth to feed in a world of starving people.

So, I took it upon myself to begin to organize a trip of my own for others, mostly college students, to travel to Haiti as an alternative spring break option.”

You can read more about Jared’s effort in his piece published on MatadorChange today.

We’ll definitely be keeping up with Jared and his Haiti Volunteer Project as it evolves over the next few months.

Community Connection:

What projects are you working on? I’d love to hear about them. Email me at julie[at]matadornetwork[dot]com.

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