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Press Release: ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO RELIEF EFFORT

MEDIA ADVISORY

ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO RELIEF EFFORT REINSTATED
TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FAMILIES AFFCTED BY THE RECENT EARTHQUAKES

Donations to go directly to non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico

(Para versión en español)

WHO:        Teresa A. Santiago, Chairwoman, Comité Noviembre … Puerto Rican Heritage Month
Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Dr. Edwin Melendez, Director, CENTRO de Estudios Puertorriqueños,
(Center for Puerto Rican Studies), Hunter College
Members of Comité Noviembre

WHAT:    Will re-instate the Estoy Con Puerto Rico, (I am with Puerto Rico), Relief Effort to raise funds to assist families affected by the earthquakes through non-profit organizations working directly with the community in the Southern region of Puerto Rico.  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York will serve as fiscal conduit for this effort. These recent earthquakes have weakened further the already fragile infrastructure of the island.  There is great fear of more building collapses, personal and property safety, food and water insecurity and electrical outages throughout the island.  A quick update will be given on impact of earthquake and what is the current need and requests coming in from the island.  First donation (s) will be awarded.

From September 2017 to September 2019, the Estoy Con Puerto Rico Effort raised over half a million dollars for the Hurricane Maria Relief Effort.  It has provided much needed aid and services directly to 59 nonprofit organizations and 39 small businesses throughout the island.  Today, the Estoy effort has aided 108 initiatives that have impacted 38 out of the 78 towns of Puerto Rico and 23 initiatives impacting all of the island.  These non-profit organizations deal with issues ranging from health and mental health, education, solar energy, water shed projects, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, suicide prevention and many basic human need services.  The small businesses and micro enterprises grants awarded were to assist in the creation of jobs and to stimulate the economy.  As in the previous effort, each of the organizations and businesses funded by the Estoy Con Puerto Rico effort will provide proof of nonprofit status or business registration certificate, as well as a full written report on how the contribution was used and the impact it had on the community.

Donations will be accepted by: catholiccharitiesny.org /estoyconpuertorico
Please make sure to earmark donation to ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO
By Check or Money Order: Make payable to: Comité Noviembre & mail to: Comité Noviembre Managing Office, C/O: TAS Communications, LLC, 45 East Hartsdale Avenue, Suite 3L, Hartsdale, NY 10530 please state in memo section of check ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO.

WHEN:        Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 11AM

WHERE:     Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library, Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 3rd Avenue, NYC
Photo ID required by building security

CONTACT:    Teresa A. Santiago, (914) 263-6599; tascommunicationsllc@gmail.com

BACKGROUND
Comité Noviembre…Puerto Rican Heritage Month

This year marks the 34th anniversary of Comité Noviembre, (CN) the celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month in this country. CN is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to commemorating and acknowledging the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to this nation. CN is composed of several of the oldest and most prestigious Puerto Rican organizations in the country: ASPIRA of New York, CENTRO de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College/CUNY; El Museo del Barrio, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College/CUNY, Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular, PR,  National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights --- Justice Committee and the Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts. The following past members continue to lend network support El Puente, LatinoJustice – PRLDEF; Musica de Camara; NACOPRW and National Institute for Latino Policy and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. This coordinating body plans and promotes CN’s annual programs and events. The charge of CN is to create awareness of our rich culture, language, and heritage and to acknowledge and take ownership of it every day but specifically during the month of November. The combined network and outreach potential of these organizations is over 750,000 people through its member lists and internet capabilities.

In September 2017, Estoy Con Puerto Rico, (I am with Puerto Rico), a hurricane relief effort was launched by Comité Noviembre and its consortium of Puerto Rican leaders and organizations with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York serving as fiscal conduit for this effort.

From the very beginning, Comité Noviembre worked quickly and diligently to provide assistance directly to non-profit and business organizations in Puerto Rico at the grassroots level.  To date this effort has raised over half a million dollars and has provided much needed aid and services directly to over 59 nonprofit organizations and 39 small businesses throughout the island.   The Estoy effort has aided 108 initiatives that have impacted 38 out of the 78 towns of Puerto Rico and 23 initiatives impacting all of the island.  These non-profit organizations deal with issues ranging from health and mental health, education, solar energy, water shed projects, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, suicide prevention and many basic human need services.  The 39 small businesses and micro enterprises were awarded to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Each of the organizations and businesses funded by the Estoy Con Puerto Rico effort provided proof of nonprofit status or business registration certificate, as well as provided a full written report on how the contributions was used and the impact it had on the community.

For eleven years, CN has conducted an annual cultural trip to Puerto Rico: “Buscando Nuestras Raíces.”  The trip has become an educational adventure into the richness of Puerto Rico’s culture, ancestral roots and history. Over the years, CN has surpassed its expectations making this trip not only an educational and cultural experience but an opportunity to support, sponsor and empower many humanitarian, environmental, cultural and social justice organizations and issues. CN has made a difference and will continue to invest, take action and affect change in Puerto Rico.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
Since 1917, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has been supporting New Yorkers in need by Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth; Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless; Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises; Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged; Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees.  Catholic Charities represents a federation of more than 90 agencies which provide help and hope for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

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