Hurricane Maria: How You Can Help Puerto Rico

In the devastating wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, these American citizens need help to rebuild now. 

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- Posted on Sep 26, 2017

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - SEPTEMBER 25: Power lines and trees are seen knocked over by the winds of Hurricane Maria as it passed through the area on September 25, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through.

There are 3.5 million Americans in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, suffering what local officials are calling “apocalyptic” conditions after category 4 Hurricane Maria hit the island recently. In the wake of catastrophic rain fall and wind at 155 miles per hour, at least 16 people have died and most of the island is without electricity and clean water.

“There is horror in the streets,” the mayor of the capital city San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, told the Washington Post. “People are actually becoming prisoners in their own homes,” she said, describing the 10 feet high waters that have flooded homes and streets.

This devastation comes on the heels of Hurricane Irma, which had already caused $1 Billion worth of damage to the financially stressed island. Officials estimate it may take up to six months for electricity to return to the island and a year before the island can return to a sense of normalcy.

These American citizens in the Caribbean need help now. Here are some organizations you can donate to who are playing a role in Puerto Rico’s recovery.

Hispanic Federation

A leading non-profit Latinx organization has established the Unidos Hurricane Relief Fund for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and in Dominican Republic. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to help victims recover. You can donate via text, at your local bank, via check, or online here.

New York City Government

The city’s large Puerto Rican population has prompted the local government to take immediate action. Partnering with the Hispanic Federation, the city is collecting funds here as well as diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products” at 18 different firehouses and locations across all 5 of New York’s boroughs. 

Volunteers of America

This non-profit organization and Guideposts partner has provided housing and supportive services to low-income families in Puerto Rico for decades. Their Hurricane Irma and Maria Fund will help provide immediate recovery and rebuilding assistance for those in need in Florida and Puerto Rico. You can donate here.

United for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s first lady Beatriz Rosselló has partnered with private businesses Coca-Cola, Church’s Chicken, Walgreens and more to establish this fund to support Puerto Rico’s recovery after Irma and Maria. You can donate via Paypal or directly to their 1FirstBank account here.

Save the Children

This top-rated charity is currently on the ground in Puerto Rico and has set up the Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund to support children and families in this distressing time. They’re collecting monetary donations to provide services for vulnerable children and families here.

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