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About Us

We are a global humanitarian organization that delivers immediate response and long-term recovery solutions to underserved communities across the globe.  

Founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) was initially established as J/P HRO in response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Since then, CORE has scaled exponentially as a global humanitarian organization working to meet the growing needs of vulnerable communities worldwide. We’ve worked on five continents responding to natural disasters, conflict, food insecurity, disease outbreaks, climate change, and public health emergencies. Powered by local staff, CORE adapts our programs to the dynamic needs of communities as they evolve in and beyond crises. 

 

When a crisis strikes, CORE responds immediately to fill gaps, mobilize resources, and establish trust and collaboration from communities to empower them to break these vicious cycles. We’re a nimble organization that quickly adapts to communities’ needs as they evolve. Our efforts are fueled by local hands, and we partner with local leaders, organizations, governments, and other stakeholders to bring equitable relief directly to those who need it most. 

Our Mission.

We empower communities in and beyond crisis. 

Our Vision.

We envision a more equitable world in which underserved communities are prepared and can effectively respond to crisis from within. 

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Our Values.

We envision a more equitable world in which underserved communities are prepared and can effectively respond to crisis from within. 

Our Pillars.

Community building is our north star and is at the heart of everything we do. Our programs focus on Emergency Response & Preparedness; Addressing Climate Change; and Health Access 

What sets us apart from other humanitarian orgs.

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CORE working sits on a roof, installing a tarp during CORE's response to Hurrican Ian

Our Story.

CORE’s journey began in 2010 out of instinct and an ethical imperative to save lives in the wake of one of the most devasting disasters in human history. Within hours of the Haiti earthquake, Sean Penn mobilized a powerful network to support those impacted. What began as J/P HRO nearly 15 years ago, CORE has evolved into a global humanitarian organization that has worked on five continents responding to natural disasters, conflict, food insecurity, disease outbreaks, climate change, and public health emergencies.

Our Team.

CORE’s ability to impact communities is driven by the inspired efforts of our team. From our staff and leadership to volunteers who rise up when disaster strikes, it’s the passionate individuals who come together that make it all possible.  

CORE employees in Haiti working around a table.
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CORE employees and partners, standing outside in discussion.

Our Partners.

Here are a few of our proud partners… 

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