The destruction caused by Hurricane Maria is intense, and Puerto Rico remains in a desperate state as houses have been washed away, the island’s electrical grid has been crippled, and highways have been damaged beyond repair. More than three weeks after the hurricane made landfall, entire communities are still isolated. The problems facing Puerto Rico are complicated and demand a deep, far-reaching response from us and our community. For this purpose, CAAP recommends giving through the following organizations:
- Hurricane Maria Relief and Recovery Fund was established by a coalition of New York City civic leaders including Mayor Bill DeBlasio, U.S. Congress Members Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. These leaders have joined the Hispanic Federation and its partners to launch “Unidos” (United), a hurricane relief fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. You can donate at http://www.hispanicfederation.org/donate.
- HIPGive is the first and only bilingual crowdfunding platform focused solely on advancing Latino social impact projects and promoting philanthropy across the Americas. You can donate at https://hipgive.org/project/hurricane-relief-fund.
- Founded in 2011, the Foundation for Puerto Rico’s mission is to transform Puerto Rico into a premier destination for the world by developing and implementing sustainable strategies that drive the visitor economy in the island. Give to the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund at http://foundationforpuertorico.org.
Natural disasters have a way of shining a light on the worst injustices that exist in society. We saw that after several recent natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. However, it is also true that these are moments that bring out the best in people: we see values such as unity, service and sympathy. These are the values that guide us and we hope you will be moved to support relief efforts by giving what you can for the people in Puerto Rico. Thank you!Learn more about disaster relief at CAAP