In response to the devastating earthquake that occurred in Haiti yesterday, musician/humanitarian Wyclef Jean has sent the clarion call for aid to his homeland. Wyclef has been working on a number of humanitarian efforts in Haiti for well-over a decade. In 2005 he established the Yele Haiti Foundation in response to Hurricane Jeanne.

This is how an artist with the social conscious of a Wyclef Jean responds to a crisis. As viral and immediate as we can make the most vile and totally unimportant information spread using social media, we can use these same tools for the greater good. Big ups to you Mr. Jean! It is a much more noble character to serve others than to be served.

Just text “Yele” to 501501 to make a $5 donation to Wyclef Jean’s relief effort via cellphone, and follow him on twitter @wyclef for more information!

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.