I'm glad that they're organizing this CS Cares project. That should be very useful. Definitely unfortunate that there's not more that can be done right now to help displaced Japanese non-English speakers through efforts like this.
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I tried to contact CS people in the US about making CS top page more user friendly to non-English speaking, first time visitors - maybe with a special box for Japan Housing Crises.
Finally. This is the answer I got.
Sorry for the slow response. I've had no internet for the last two weeks. It's been pretty unfortunate timing. We're a very small team here at CS and sometimes things like this happen.
Unfortunately, on the communications team we don't have any way to put information on the page that a person would see if they visited our page without being a member. I'd be happy to do it if I had the ability. I will have to check in with the wider organization to see if this is possible, but I won't be back to a reliable internet connection until Tuesday.
Thanks for helping with the crisis, and sorry that I can't be more useful.
We're aware of the problem and we are actually developing a project specifically for connecting victims of disasters and other emergencies with people who would like to help them. It's called CS Cares and we're hoping to launch it soon. I think a lot of amazing generosity exists in this community and we're really hoping to give people the tools they need to do good.
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