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 On Friday, March 18 Governor Jack Markell announced a statewide effort to support Delaware’s Sister State in Japan, Miyagi Prefecture. Miyagi was the hardest hit by the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Delawareans can donate, volunteer or share their own activities at www.delaware.gov/HelpMiyagi.
 
“Our relationships with friends in Miyagi go back for many years, and these relationships run deep,” said Governor Markell.  “Our businesses work together to promote job creation.  Our teachers cooperate to promote cultural understanding.  And Delaware parents host Japanese students, welcoming them as a part of their families.  Parents in Miyagi have long done the same for our children.”
 
The Delaware Department of State worked with the Delaware Community Foundation to set up a nonprofit fund to accept donations and ensure that the funding meets critical needs in Miyagi.  Donations to the “Delaware Fund for Miyagi, Japan” are tax deductible. 
 
“Many of us, including students, parents and employers know the people of Miyagi personally through our Sister-State relationship,” Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock said.  “Miyagi has been a truly dedicated partner for many years, and we want them to know that we’re there for them when they need us most.”
 
Delaware Department of State officials have been in contact with Miyagi officials since news of the earthquake broke.  Emergency relief efforts continue and the government of Miyagi is still in the process of assessing the full impact, so more information on specific needs will be provided soon.
 
“Individuals, businesses and all types of community organizations can play an important role in supporting relief and recovery,” Governor Markell added. “I’m very proud of the outpouring of support that we’ve heard from Delawareans.  This shows that Delaware really is a state of neighbors, even when our neighbors are a world away.”
 
The State of Delaware has long had a close relationship with Miyagi Prefecture, beginning with Governor Mike Castle and evolving into a formal Sister-State partnership under Governor Tom Carper in 1997. 
 
More about the Delaware Community Foundation:
The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State. With more than 1,000 funds, nearly $225 million in assets and annual grants of up to $15 million, the Foundation provides a lasting source of charitable funding to benefit Delawareans today and for generations to come. For 25 years, the Foundation has been connecting people who care with the causes they care about, helping to make Delaware a better place to live and work. For information, please call 302.571.8004 or visit www.delcf.org.

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