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Help those in Haiti with Your Rewards Points

Created: 14 Jan 2010 • Updated: 14 Jan 2010 • 47 comments
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I'm sure you, like me, watch the disaster unfolding in Haiti and wish that there was someway you could help.  Now, users of Connect can help. Simply redeem your Connect Rewards points for the United Way donation, and your donation will go to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Relief Fund. Gifts to the Fund support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives and infrastructure devastated by disaster and to address educational, financial and health-related challenges.

In addition, Connect will match whatever our users donate through the rewards program* so your contribution really is worth double.

To help, redeem here.

For more information about the United Way Worldwide Disaster Relief Fund, or to make a cash donation, please visit here.

*up to $5,000.

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Vikram Kumar-SAV to SEP's picture

 This is really nice of Symantec to add this reward at the right time..

Vikram Kumar

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erikw's picture

I just donated, and I hope many of you will at least donate 100 or more points.
The people over there are really needing your help, and this is a very great initiative from Symantec to show that they care.
Please let us know in a few weeks how many points were donated.

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Stumpr2's picture

I just made my donation.
This is wonderful.
Thank you symantec.

VERITAS ain't it the truth?

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Frank019's picture

nice idea from symantec connect to add this to the reward list

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deepakf's picture

Its a very nice initiative.  Thanks Symantec.

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ianatkin's picture

Fabulous idea Leslie. A great initiative.

Kind Regards,
Ian./

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JT_T's picture

Great idea, thanks for this!

And some problems;

My reward point;

My Rewards
275 points in my account
310.0 career points

When i try to donate for Haiti, it says saving... and then nothing, it shows that i still have my reward point on my account. This is first time i'm using reward system, is there something else i should do to be able to use my points for Haiti? I've allready filled posting address and phone numbers...

Edit: And is there a way to use all my points for this?

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AngelD's picture

JT_T,

I just redeemed 1000 points and had to hit "New Order" 10 times.
My current points hasn't changed yet but I'm sure it will when the order has been processed.



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JT_T's picture

Yep, got email that my donation has been confirmed, hit four times order button, but only 200 points used, didn't have more points to donate.

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mbmillecam's picture

I just want to say how wonderful it is when the world can come together to help others.  The Symantec Connect community has been a great support so far in the efforts to aid Haiti.  We have been able to contribute $780 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund so far.  You can be assured that every donation will go a long way to help those in need.  Thank you for your contributions and service to those around the world.

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ayodeji's picture

Hi,

Nice idea, i wish to donate my reward points to the haiti disaster relief fund.

thank you.

Ayodeji Oni
NetApp/VERITAS/IBM/SCS

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mbmillecam's picture

Symantec Connect users have currently donated $1,290 (with the Symantec match) to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.  This amount will continue to benefit Haiti now and in the future.  If you wish to donate to help Haiti, please go to the Reward Catalog and place your requests through this link.

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Stumpr2's picture

It's been a couple of days and more people are becoming aware of this need. Please update the information.
Thank you Symantec!

VERITAS ain't it the truth?

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CraigV's picture

Hi,

How much are we donating with the 100 points?

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LeslieMiller's picture

100 points is a $15 donation. Added to that is the Connect match. As a result, your 100 points is $30.

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Jhon Apurillo's picture

Very Good Idea. But I think it would be better if can put some sort of a link at the very first page of connect or better if could put it at www.symantec.com, so people will know that they can extend their help thru Symantec forum.

Anyway, this really is Very awesome Idea. Way to go.

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Stumpr2's picture

There is a link at the top of the page as part of the "welcome back" statement :-)

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Kenneth Apurillo's picture

Ah yes I see it. However It is only visible when we log in though. ;)

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Vaibhav Tiwari's picture

I've also made my contribution for 100 points. Together we can make a difference :-)

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mbmillecam's picture

The Symantec Connect Community continues to surprise me.  We are again amazed at the support that can come if we pull together.

At this time... we have contributed a total of $1,770 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.

Thank you for all your great efforts.

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Pascal KOTTE's picture

thanks Symantec this idea.

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As of today you have helped us donate $1890 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.  They are sent us an email stating the many things that they are currently doing with their donations.  Know that you have had a great impact in many lives.

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Friends,

Once again, thank you for your incredible support during the past week. Thanks to you, United Way has been able to respond immediately to the Haiti disaster, and planning for the long-term rebuilding of the country is under way. Our response will focus on building back the educational and health infrastructure of Haitian communities and working to improve the income earning potential of Haitian families.

Here's an update on what United Ways across the USA and beyond have been able to accomplish so far with the support of many thousands of donors.

  • United Way in Puerto Rico (Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico) continues to coordinate in-kind contributions (like food, water and medecine), working with partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to ensure safe delivery to and distribution in Haiti. Partners helping with logistics, transportation, security, storage and local supervision include Pepsi, UPS, Ricoh and Magic Transport, along with a number of faith-based and non-profit agencies.
  • United Way of Miami-Dade distributed $500,000 in grants last week. In addition, they have been coordinating American Airlines, UPS and Fed Ex with Project Medishare, which has medical supplies and doctors, but needs transportation.
  • United Way of New York City and several other United Ways are already working with their large Haitian communities in anticipation of an influx of refugees: assessing the needs of the local Haitian population, addressing the need for temporary immigration status changes for Haitian visitors, and planning for possible refugee re-settlement.

We will continue to keep you informed of our progress over the next weeks and months. Thank you again for your generous support.

We accept USA and non-USA credit card donations at unitedway.org/haiti. Please feel free to forward this update to anyone who may wish to know or contribute.

Thanks,
Michelle Zelsman
Worldwide Communications Director

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Symactecvsmcafee's picture

Let's work hand in Hand! Let's help!

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ohzone - CherylPeterson's picture

Contributing actual $$$ was a breeze! Thanks to the Connect community for stepping up and contributing your rewards points!

Cheryl

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Martin.G's picture

This is a really great way to help. What an awesome idea and I hope that there are going to be more companies that do this. The economy is bad and donating points may be a way for some who cannot afford to help to be able to do so.

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Dev T's picture

Hello,

I clicked on "Order Now" and the Window is stuck on Saving...     nothing is happening...

Please suggest...
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Gifts to the Fund support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives and infrastructure devastated by disaster and to address educational, financial and health-related challenges.

United Way Worldwide members in the Caribbean region have mobilized their staff, volunteer leaders and resources in response.

Let's Help 14 Jan 2010
100 points - Saving...

Its a best practice to have a "Support Contract" with Symantec...
 

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Hi Dev T,

What browser type and version are you using?

Thanks,
Kevin

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Dev T's picture

Firefox:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.0.3) Gecko/2008092417 Firefox/3.0.3

Its a best practice to have a "Support Contract" with Symantec...
 

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Kevin's picture

Would it be possible for you to upgrade to a newer version of Firefox?

You're using 3.0.3 and the current shipping version is 3.6

http://www.getfirefox.com

Thanks,
Kevin

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Looking forward to donate. I need More Points. LOL

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mbmillecam's picture

We have now contributed $2,230 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.  It is so good to know that we are gathering together to help others in greater need than our own. 

I am grateful for the support of the Symantec Connect Community.  When the news asks for your contribution, you can feel good that you have given.  We will continue to accept your donations, so keep working to help others.

Thank you

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NickW's picture

 Thumbs up - great initiative. 

Nick Wade

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Bit_Banger's picture

I made a VISA $15.00 donation to the http://www.liveunited.org/ but didn't have enough points to do a $15.00 donation. How can I make sure that it gets doubled and i qualify for the 100 point bonus?

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mbmillecam's picture

Here is where we stand on our donations toward assistance to Haiti.

As of 2 Feb 2010 we have donated $2,620 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund. 

Please remember that all of your donations are given directly to this cause and Symantec is matching your contributions.  If you can donate 100 or more points Symantec will match your point donation and we will continue to increase our support for the assistance to Haiti.

We appreciate all of you who are willing to work toward helping this cause.

Thank you,

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David McMullin's picture

Please vote for those who are donating - since they get 1 point for each vote !

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mbmillecam's picture

It is great our Symantec Connect Community User are still willing to contribute to those in Haiti.  There continues to be a great need and one that will last for quite sometime in the future.  I have heard that tents and other items are of great need with the rainy season on its way.  Don't forget to work a little to make a large difference in someone elses life.

As of today we have contributed $2,770 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

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As of today we have donated a total of $2,860 to the United Way Worldwide Distribution Fund.  This includes donations from Symantec Connect users and the matching contributions from Symantec.  The United Way has sent us an update of the activites they are involved in.

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Friends,

Once again, special thanks for your generosity these past weeks. Thanks to your support, United Way stepped outside its primary role of focusing on long-term recovery and also responded to immediate needs following the earthquake in Haiti. We're now focused on what we do best: planning for the long-term recovery and rebuilding of the country. We're working with our networks to assess the long-term needs and are exploring the best way to invest your contributions. Our focus will be on education, income and health: building the education and health infrastructure of Haitian communities, and working to improve the income earning potential of Haitian families.

Here's a brief update on the immediate efforts and the long-term plans for rebuilding.

On the ground: United Way Worldwide has deployed staff in our Caribbean offices and Haiti, and they are assessing the situation to make recommendations for United Way's long-term recovery plan. Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico, our United Way in Puerto Rico, continues to raise funds and finalize plans to begin converting large transport containers, initially sent with relief supplies, into interim- and long-term housing for displaced Haitians. United Way of Jamaica is working closely with regional NGO partners, local government leaders and their Board to determine how best to support the eminent influx of Haitian refugees and orphan children. Other United Ways in the region have chartered a boat with relief supplies to be distributed through Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico, an immediate relief response, which will likely proceed longer term. All member United Ways in the region continue to coordinate fundraising and in-kind pledges such as collecting building materials and supplies necessary for the long-term recovery and reconstruction.

In the USA:Local United Ways in communities with large Haitian populations continue to work with local community leaders to provide direct aid to the Haitian evacuees arriving on relief flights and to assist them as they reconnect with friends and family members living in the United States. Those communities include: Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Boston, Chicago, Greater St. Louis and others. Read more about this

We will continue to keep you informed of our progress. Thank you again for your generous support.

Teresa Hall Bartels
Senior Vice President, International Network
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Thank you again for your contributions to this effort.

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Ajit Jha's picture

Its pleasure to be a part of it

Regard's

Ajit Jha

Technical Consultant

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Prashantt's picture

A great initiativevervvv

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mbmillecam's picture

We have had a few more contributions since the last update.

As of today Symantec and its Connect user have contributed $2980 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.

We are continually grateful for the great support the Connect users have provided to this worldwide effort.

Thank you.

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Kharen_22's picture

I do not have much points to donate but my prayers will be more powerful.Just hoping that they were all able to cope with the tragedy...

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We have been trying to keep you updated on the great support we have received from you, our Symantec Connect Users.  As of today, we will have donated $3,130 toward the United Way Worldwide Disaster Relief Fund. 

Again, the Symantec Connect Users have continued to come to the aid of others and help us contribute monies which will help not only the people in Haiti, but also those evacuees who are sent else where.  May you continue to think of others as you work in the Symantec Connect site.

Thank you for your great efforts and service.

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We have now donated $3190 to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.  Here is an update on the situation in Haiti from the United Way.  Again, thank you to all the generous Symantec Community Users.

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Friends:

As the horrific reality of lives shattered in Haiti continues, we are grateful for the outpouring of support from donors around the world. Thank you.

The response to the earthquake in Haiti is one of the largest the world has ever seen, and coordination of resources, personnel and aid has been challenging for many organizations. While the desire to do more and do it faster increases, it is imperative that we apply the wisdom of our experience. We must exercise the necessary caution to fully assess the needs in Haiti, vet potential partners and be deliberate as we consider how best to invest your donations to help those affected by the disaster.

While we've provided immediate aid--through our networks, United Way has distributed water, juice, over-the-counter medicines, first aid products, protein bars, canned foods and cleaning supplies--United Ways' most important role is to assist with long-term recovery efforts. We have made an initial grant to Project Medishare to transport medical volunteers and supplies, as well as food and water to Haiti, and we are developing a plan for how the balance of the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund will be invested.

Our experiences with the tsunami of 2004, the China earthquake in 2008, and Hurricane Katrina demonstrate the importance of engaging the people who are affected in identifying appropriate solutions that meet their needs. In fact, the possibility exists that this approach could help change community conditions in Haiti and create better opportunities for people going forward.

Our expertise in convening all sectors of a community will help the Haitian people determine long-term rebuilding priorities, particularly in the areas of education, income and health. This will help reestablish the educational and health infrastructure of Haitian communities, and work to improve the income-earning potential of Haitian families. Ongoing donations to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund will go toward long-term recovery and rebuilding in Haiti, as well as to meet the needs of Haitians affected by the disaster who have relocated to the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean.

Thank you again for your generosity. We will continue to keep you informed, and we invite you to read more at www.UnitedWay.org/HaitiUpdate.

Teresa Hall Bartels
Senior Vice President, International Network

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Vikram Kumar-SAV to SEP's picture

 Feels good to be able to help those with Reward Points.

Vikram Kumar

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The most helpful part of entire Symantec connect is the Search button..do use it.

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Rafeeq's picture

Very good initiative from Symantec ,feels good.

"Being human is more important than your identity on passport.Or your mode of prayer" 

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David Zhang's picture

Good idea,share more and you can get more help.

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