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Excerpt: "With the island expected to go without power for months, Puerto Rico now needs our help. The US territory is in the midst of a financial crisis and already struggling in many ways."

Rescue workers help people after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. (photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)
Rescue workers help people after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. (photo: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)


Here's How to Support Puerto Rico as It Recovers From Devastating Hurricane Maria

By Remezcla

26 September 17

 

ategory 4 hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday. With winds of about 155 mph (nearly strong enough to be considered a Category 5), Hurricane Maria tore through the island before weakening to a Category 2 storm. (However, Hurricane Maria strengthened to a Category 3 storm as it made its way to the Dominican Republic.) The natural disaster brought torrential rain and flooding and knocked out power to the entire island.

Like many countries in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, which hit the island about two weeks ago. Immediately after, Puerto Rico began delivering supplies to countries in need. It also welcomed thousands of refugees, whose homes were destroyed by Irma, from the US Virgin Islands. On September 13, about 2,000 from St. Martin and the Virgin Islands made their way to Puerto Rico, according to Reuters.

With the island expected to go without power for months, Puerto Rico now needs our help. The US territory is in the midst of a financial crisis and already struggling in many ways. It’s predicted this storm will have long lasting effects. “Puerto Rico isn’t going to be the same,” lawyer Migdalia Caratini told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s going to be before Maria and after Maria.”

The road to recovery will be long, and we need to stand by Puerto Rico during these trying times. Here are some places you can donate money and time to.

  1. ConPRmetidos

    ConPRmetidos is a nonprofit organization committed to the people of Puerto Rico. The group will use the money it raises to help those affected by both Hurricane Maria and Irma. “We anticipate the funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, shelter, and water and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.”

    Donate here.

  2. Puerto Rican Leadership Council

    On Friday, September 22, the Puerto Rican Leadership Council in Miami will collect supplies, including bottled water, nonperishable food, diapers, and clothing, according to the Miami Herald.

    Stop by Friday at one of these locations:

    • Mana Wynwood at 2217 N.W. Fifth Ave., Miami, Florida 3312

    • Isla Del Encanto Restaurant at 12850 S.W. 120th St., Miami, Florida 33186

    • Ana G. Méndez University at 15201 N.W. 79th Court, Miami Lakes, Florida 33016

    Contact Luis De Rosa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

  3. Puerto Rican Leadership Council

    On September 22, Washington DC Puerto Ricans will raise funds and collect supplies for the United for Puerto Rico fund.

    Learn more here.

  4. Caritas Puerto Rico

    Launched in 1969, Caritas helps those most in need. Sign up to become a volunteer here.

  5. Emergency Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fundraiser

    The Puerto Rican Agenda and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center are hosting a benefit event on Friday, September 22. There is a $25 entry donation, but the organizations are also accepting money through checks and PayPal.

    Learn more here.

  6. New York Drop Off Locations

    In New York, there are several places collecting supplies.

    • Casabe Senior Houses, 150 E. 121 St., Manhattan, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • El Maestro, Inc., 1300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Also, firehouses across all five boroughs are accepting donations.

    Manhattan

    • Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)

    • Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)

    • Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

    Bronx

    • EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)

    • EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)

    • Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)

    • Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)

    Queens

    • Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)

    • Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)

    • Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)

    Brooklyn

    • Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)

    • Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)

    • Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park)

    • Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park)

    • Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)

    Staten Island

    • Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)

    • Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)

    • Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)

  7. Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund

    Save the Children offers emergency assistance to children and families.

    Donate here.

  8. Maria Fund

    This fun, run by the Center for Popular Democracy, is raising money for local, grassroots organizations. “One hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm,” the site reads. Donate here.

  9. Blood Drive for Hurricane Victims

    Coordinadora de Apoyo, Solidaridad y Ayuda (CASA) is hosting a blood drive in Orlando on September 23 and 24. Learn more here.

  10. Paz Para La Mujer

    Paz Para La Mujer is taking both donations and supplies. Learn more here.

  11. Carmelo Anthony Puerto Rico Relief Fund

    In a Player’s Tribune piece, Carmelo Anthony announced that he began a YouCaring page to raise $1 million. “Puerto Rico is very near and dear to my heart,” Anthony wrote. “Through my foundation, I have been actively working to bring hope and improve the lives of under-served communities on the island. Hurricane Maria has caused catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico and the residents will need our help and support to rebuild. Please join me in raising the necessary funds to get the much-needed supplies and assistance to the people of Puerto Rico. Your generous donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.”

    Donate here.

  12. Save a Sato

    As we work to help the victims of Hurricane Maria, we can’t forget about animals as well. Save a Sato needs food for animals. Send packages to Parcelas Falu #459 C, Call 35, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00924.

  13. Dogma Bakery

    Those in the DMV area can donate items to Dogma Bakery, a gourmet dog bakery and boutique. The bakery is making a trip to Puerto Rico on Saturday. It’s collecting items for dogs but also cleaning supplies.


  14. Voices for Puerto Rico

    Gina Rodriguez, Benicio del Toro, Rosie Perez, Luis Guzmán, and more are using their celebrity to draw attention to what’s happening in Puerto Rico. They have joined forces to launch Voices for Puerto Rico, an initiative to raise money for Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria. The proceeds will go to several organizations, including Niños Nueva Esperanza, Taller Salud, Casa Pueblo, and other brigades.

    Donate here.

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+20 # Farafalla 2017-09-26 17:31
Very useful. I'm sharing this link.
 
 
+24 # sweetbabbalou 2017-09-26 23:47
Great Info....thanks so much.
 
 
+31 # bdeja 2017-09-28 10:20
And we must pressure Congress to do the right things to help Puerto Rico recover.
 
 
+12 # lynncoles@gmail.com 2017-10-02 15:55
In all of these reports I have heard nothing about the US Virgin Islands. Thanks to Tim Duncan, former NBA player, he has taken much needed aide and funds. There were also wiped out.
 
 
+14 # Sunflower 2017-10-04 17:54
If we could get an organization, like 350.org to raise funds for solar cells,
and solar roofs, it would really improve the situation in Puerto Rico. The sad
truth is that another storm is very
likely, and the wires and transformers that are now being re-raised will be blown over again. Not the same for solar roofs.

https://www.tesla.com/solarroof

Maybe Tesla could contribute some roofs?
 
 
+5 # suzyskier 2017-10-14 16:36
That's a terrific idea Sunflower! It's usually quite sunny there so it's a great solution! Wind turbines might also be helpful.
 
 
+4 # Littlebird 2017-10-16 02:08
The way to prevent this type of tragedy again would be the use of solar and wind power. It will take planning and money, but what a great opportunity to rebuild better and safer infrastructure which could be a model for the world to follow.

If Puerto Rico becomes a state, which most of the people there want, it could become a world class destination for tourist to enjoy it's beauty and see solar power at work in the best way. Money that is being used for war machines could be used to build the energy efficient environment of the future. Instead of Puerto Rico being in debt, it could become a money maker if the right investments are made. There will be jobs for construction and instead of shacks with tin roofs, there will be solar roofs, wind turbines for electricity and the knowledge to make freshwater from sea water.

Surely, the people there need water now and food drops. Medical help is there, but they need to get to it. Hospital Ships are docked in ports, but not being used by the sick who need them, according to recent news reports.

Organization and planning will be the next step. The first is money, food, shelter and clean water.

To see a new Puerto Rico rise up from the destruction and become a new and and vital place that thrives will be worth every dollar spent and every effort to make it so.

Don't make more bombs, use our money to improve lives.
 

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