9/24/2017

Here's How to Help People in Puerto Rico Right Now

See updated list here.

Many other people in the US are still unable to get in touch with relatives on the island, including Jennifer Lopez, who released a video Thursday night asking people to donate to the efforts of First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló.
In addition to the First Lady’s fund, there are some other resources for people interested in helping out.  On Thursday, the Hispanic Federation, in partnership with Mark-Viverito, Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Reps. Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, launched “Unidos”: A Hurricane Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico, where 100 percent of the proceeds will go to hurricane relief and recovery efforts.
If you live in Miami , the Puerto Rican Leadership Council is accepting donations of nonperishable food, water, and clothing at several locations with details  at the Miami HeraldThe Miami Foundation created the US Caribbean Strong Relief Fund to raise money supporting relief efforts in Caribbean nations affected by Irma & Maria. Philadelphia-area nonprofit El Concilio has launchedUnidos PA’ Puerto Rico to raise money for hurricane relief. The Salvation Army is accepting hurricane relief donations, and GlobalGiving has a Caribbean Hurricane Irma & Maria Relief Fund, which will initially steer funding towards immediate needs like food, clean water, and shelter, & will later shift toward supporting local organizations’ recovery efforts. Volunteer disaster relief organization All Hands is headed back to the US Virgin Islands for Hurricane Irma and Maria ResponseConPRmetidos, a Puerto Rico-based nonprofit, is accepting donations here.
UPDATE: We’ll continue to add charities as necessary—another good fundraiser was spearheaded by former pro basketball player Tim Duncan and has already raised over $2.6 million for relief in the US Virgin Islands, where he grew up. The entire island of St. Croix is currently without power, according to US Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Map