Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time is unfolding on the island. Aside from the physical destruction, power, running water and even cell service are nonexistent. The over 3 Million residents of this US territory are in desperate need of basic necessities and there are several reputable organizations mobilizing to provide them. Here’s how you can help:
“Unidos por Puerto Rico” was set up by its First Lady Beatriz Rosselló as a concert and telethon event to air October 22 from Puerto Rico to Telemundo, Univision, and Mega TV and over radio stations. Featured performers include Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Juan Luis Guerra, Ednita Nazario, Gilberto Santa Rosa and many others. Donations can be sent through various ways including PayPal.
In New York, The Hispanic Federation, in collaboration with local city and state officials launched a hurricane relief fund to which you can donate via the Hispanic Federation website.
In the Miami, The Puerto Rican Leadership Council is accepting donations of nonperishable food, water, and clothing. Check in with their Facebook page for all ongoing efforts.
Presidents Obama, Clinton, Bush, Bush and Carter have expanded their One America Appeal initiative to include recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Go to the website One America Appeal
Other dependable groups include UNICEF, the International Medical Corps, and Save the Children. GoFundMe has also created a hub where all fundraising campaigns for Hurricane Maria helping individual families.
The Puerto Rican government has created a guide on how and where people can send it supplies – read it HERE – while The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is coordinating many of these donations as well as volunteers through their website NVOAD.org