CORE - Community Organized Relief Effort
CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is a global humanitarian response organization that brings immediate aid and long-term recovery solutions to underserved communities. When a crisis strikes, CORE responds immediately to fill gaps, mobilize resources, and establish trust and collaboration from within communities. For more information about our work on the U.S./Mexico border please visit our website:

Causes: Emergency Relief and Response , Hunger, Migration

On the evening of January 12, 2010, just before 5 p.m., 15 miles outside of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, the Earth trembled. A violent 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck, sending tremors across the Caribbean. In 35 seconds, Haiti was forever changed. 220,000 people lost their lives, countless more were injured, and 1.5 million people were instantly homeless.

Within hours, Sean Penn assembled a team and mobilized a dynamic network of doctors, emergency workers, and government officials to take immediate action. It was supposed to be a two-week aid mission to drop off supplies and help doctors provide urgent medical care. Not long after those two weeks passed, Penn had formed the beginnings of what would become CORE to manage the largest displaced persons camp in all of Haiti.

Over the years, CORE (then known as J/P Haitian Relief Organization) remained in Haiti, coordinating relief efforts fueled by local Haitians to recover, rebuild back better than before, and empower communities to be prepared for future disaster.This included using cash transfers from the start to support Haitian families afford the goods and services they need to recover and strengthen local markets.Our work continues in Haiti today with local Haitian staff working to rebuild and reimagine communities every day.

In 2020, that same ethical imperative to save lives and support the most vulnerable and marginalized communities drove CORE to fill gaps and provide urgently needed COVID-19 relief in the United States. By 2021, CORE’s efforts had expanded worldwide to Asia and South America and included operating one of the world’s largest vaccination sites at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Across all of our programs we use cash and vouchers to magnify the choice and dignity of the communities we serve and to maximize cost-efficient and effective implementation.

As CORE continues to respond to the world’s most pressing crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic, to the 2021 earthquake in Haiti’s Southwest, to Hurricane Ida in New Orleans and floods in Brazil, to the dire humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Haiti will always be at the heart of all our efforts.

It’s where we began and grew. It’s where we learned that crisis relief and recovery require a willingness to go where others won’t. That to help, to truly make a difference, you have to listen and learn. That there’s only one way to fight a crisis. Together, as a community.