Where to Donate to Help Puerto Rico with Disaster Relief and Recovery after the Earthquakes
On the early morning of January 7, 2020, the southwestern part of Puerto Rico was struck by an earthquake measured at a magnitude of 6.4. One person was killed, several others were injured, and thousands have been displaced. Damages to the electrical system, buildings and infrastructure are expected to reach billion of dollars. Puerto Rican community leaders and elected officials in the diaspora are calling for a renewed effort to assist Puerto Rico with disaster relief and recovery as they so vigorously did after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Many families have lost their homes and need assistance with basic needs.
You can help by donating to charities in Puerto Rico that are leading the effort to mitigate the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Here are some proven organizations with direct access to the victims of these hurricanes. You can visit their online donations or send a check to the enclosed address.
In terms of a US-based solidarity group with a direct-support approach to organizations with “boots on the ground,” we recommend:
Estoy Con Puerto Rico Relief Effort
Donations to go directly to non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico. Managed by Comité Noviembre. Donations will be accepted by: CatholicCharitiesny.org/estoyconpuertorico
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.
The following listing of Puerto Rican organizations have "boots on the ground," with both staff and volunteers already operating in the affected towns. They welcome direct donations.
- Techos Pa Mi Gente. Preparation and distribution of supplies. Service for Yauco and Guayanilla.
Contact: Amarilis Gonzales 787-619-2039 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Helping Hands for Puerto Rico. Preparation and distribution of supplies. Shelter in Añasco, seving for Peñuelas, Yauco, Guánica y Guayanilla.
Contact: Raymond Collazo 347-907-3912 / email@example.com
- Sabana Grande Community & Economic Development (SACED.ORG)
Contact: Pepito Pietri Martínez firstname.lastname@example.org
- Casa Juan Pablo II [501(c)3] Serving Barrio Rosario, San German. Provides counseling services to at-risk children and youth.
Contact: 787-659-7112 / email@example.com
- Fundación Bucarabón [501(c)3]. Preparation and distribution of supplies. Service for Maricao and surrounding rural areas.
Contact: Jackie Perez, Fundación Bucarabón / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ponce Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.
To donate: https://www.facebook.com/PonceNeighborhoodHousingServices/
- Taller Salud will raise funds and serve as a fiscal agent for certain organizations that work in the impacted communities of the municipalities of Guánica, Guayanilla, Peñuelas, Yauco, and Ponce. Taller Salud will provide support to organizations in neighboring towns that currently work with displaced women and their families, victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence, and elderly and chronic patients. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/emergency-fund-sexual-and-reproductive-health/
- Committed to PR. After the first major earthquake hit on January 6, 2020, ConPRmetidos' team and volunteers went into action by going to one of the hardest-hit towns, Guayanilla, to provide $15,000 of emergency relief items like food, water, flashlights, cots, tents, gas canisters, and medical supplies, etc. While there, we also met with local leaders and residents to determine other immediate and long term needs. https://www.classy.org/campaign/stay-strong-puerto-rico/c267156
- Visit Rico is a 501 c3 a non-profit organization created in 2014, with the mission to strengthen the agricultural economy in Puerto Rico. For this, we make efforts aimed at supporting the food cycle process, from seed and sowing until it reaches the agricultural market and its consumption. We opened the “Hug Your Farmer” campaign and as a first phase, we reactivated the alliance with FarmAid and Segarra Boerman to donate $ 20,000 to Puerto Rican farmers after the telluric movements and aftershocks in Puerto Rico during the month of January 2020. Both will donate 10k dollars. The campaign begins with an open call to any family farmer, independent, small-scale or cooperative of Puerto Rico who suffered damage as a result of the earthquakes in January. Each selected farmer will receive $ 500.00 each; the funds will be awarded to those who have suffered the greatest damage. To apply, you must access www.visitrico.org/farmaid and you have until 5:00 pm on Monday, January 28, 2020.
- Sociedad Bíblica. Coordinates support to faith-based direct services, mental health counseling.
Contact: Reverendo Heriberto Martínez / email@example.com
- Iglesia Presbisteriana, Lajas, Pastora Erika Irrizarry, 787-519-6857
- Iglesia Presbisteriana, Guánica, Pastora Miriam Enid Santana787-382-8225 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Iglesia Evangélica Unida, Yauco, Rafael Garcia Toro787-475-2768 / email@example.com
- Iglesia Cristiana de la Familia, Ponce, Angel Esteban Martínez 787-284-7777 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Iglesia Evangélica Unida, Guayanilla, Minerva Ortiz, 787-384-8243 / email@example.com
- Instituto Nueva Escuela: coordinates community based direct services to children, "open space Montessori schools" during this time when schools are closed; "adoption of families and children" by community based public Montessori Schools in the North, East and Central part of the Island to provide Schooling to children of the South that will not have access this semester and mental health traditional and not traditional counseling through Casa Familiar (House of the Family) programs.
- All Hands And Hearts: is a volunteer-powered nonprofit that works to address the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters around the world. All Hands and hearts has been on the ground in Puerto Rico since September 2017, helping remove debris, repair roofs, and rebuild infrastructures damaged by Hurricane Maria. All Hands and Hearts, a non-profit, has provided volunteer efforts in the wake of damage caused by Hurricane Maria, which likely will continue after the recent earthquakes. To donate to Puerto Rico volunteer efforts, be sure to specify that you want your contribution to benefit Puerto Rico earthquake relief while completing the form online.
- American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is on the ground in Puerto Rico, working with local and federal workers at government shelters to provide emotional support and distribute emergency supplies to those impacted by the earthquakes. To donate to the Red Cross click here or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. https://www.redcross.org/donate/cruz-roja.html/
- Americares: The Stamford, Connecticut-based nonprofit has been on the ground in Puerto Rico helping the island nation's health services recover from Hurricane Maria since 2017. Americares trains local health workers to help people cope with the trauma of natural disasters and provides medical assistance to health facilities throughout the country. Americares has deployed a relief team of mental health experts to assist displaced families in Puerto Rico. Donations may not specifically go toward these efforts but may be allocated to any of Americares’ causes, including Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas. https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2?df_id=24507&24507.donation=form1
- Direct Relief: The organization offers support to healthcare providers across the island, in coordination with the Puerto Rican Department of Health, the Puerto Rican Hospital Association, the Puerto Rican Medical Reserve Corps, and the Puerto Rican Primary Care Association. Direct Relief will be organizing teams of doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors to offer medical and mental health services to residents and those staying in shelters. Direct Relief is providing both mental and medical healthcare to those affected by the earthquakes, including the sending of emergency medical kits. To donate to Puerto Rico relief efforts, select “Puerto Rico Earthquakes” when given the option to direct your donation. https://secure.directrelief.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2924&mfc_pref=T&2924.donation=form1
- Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico's the Puerto Rico Community Recovery Fund. La Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico activa el Fondo de Recuperación Comunitaria para Puerto Rico para ampliar el alcance de su intervención estratégica a través de donaciones. Enfoque en apoyar mediante donativos expeditos a organizaciones sin fines de lucro que están ofreciendo ayuda inmediata y/o apoyo sico-emocional a comunidades afectadas. El Fondo de Recuperación Comunitaria para Puerto Rico apoya que individuos, fundaciones y corporaciones realicen donaciones que permitan ampliar el alcance de la inversión social, permitiendo que más organizaciones y personas afectadas se beneficien del esfuerzo filantrópico.
- Hispanic Federation: The nonprofit oto PRrganization launched the UNIDOS initiative for disaster relief in Puerto Rico in response to Hurricane Maria. Hispanic Federation said that through contributions to UNIDOS thousands of solar lamps are being made available for distribution, as well as emergency funds for local health and human service providers working in communities affected by the earthquake. Hispanic Federation has also partnered with the University of Puerto Rico to provide mental health services across the island focused on trauma therapy after natural disasters. https://hispanicfederation.org/donate/
- Para la Naturaleza: agrupa a todas las personas que buscamos un futuro sustentable para Puerto Rico, donde nuestros hijos puedan crecer en ciudades habitables, nadar en ríos de agua cristalina y alimentarse de los frutos de nuestra tierra. Estamos trabajando con un fondo para ayudar a las personas afectadas por el terremoto en el área Sur.
- Centro Para Puerto Rico Fundación Sila M. Calderón: El Centro para Puerto Rico ha trabajado en reducir la pobreza y la desigualdad social, cimentados en principios de autogestión que redunden en iniciativas empresariales y en el apoderamiento de nuestras comunidades, y así aportar al desarrollo económico sustentable de Puerto Rico.
- Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen is serving meals to those in need in Puerto Rico right now. To donate, visit the organization’s website. World Central Kitchen Hot meals being served in Guanica and Yauco tonight for hundreds of families displaced by the earthquakes! We ran low on food at the Yauco shelter so the WCK Relief Team did what we do — started cooking on site
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