Help Puerto Rico: Where to donate and how to volunteer 3

Help Puerto Rico where to donate and volunteer

Help Puerto Rico (Photo: / Margarita Persico)

Updated November 3, 2017.

Since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, it created havoc. Imagine being a day without drinkable water nor food. Imagine no electricity nor potable water and that day became a week, then two weeks. The damages are so immense it could take six months to a year to restore electricity to all the Island.

Just two weeks after hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico, Dominica, and the Virgin Islands, a second hurricane, Maria, struck Puerto Rico again. The eye of this cyclone crossed over the central mountain range covering all of Puerto Rico. It entered through Yabucoa on the southeast coast, passing diagonally through El Yunque rainforest and exiting through the northwest. The hurricane devastated the Island of Puerto Rico, caused floods, destroyed homes and businesses, and crippled the whole infrastructure. Hurricane Maria was a Category 4, short of a Category 5 (just for you to get an idea, hurricane Katrina was a Category 3).

Maria is “the fifth strongest hurricane to hit the United States,” according to NASA. This hurricane is Puerto Rico’s most massive natural disaster in 85 years (hurricane San Ciprian in1932 devastated the island’s agricultural economy). It took down the entire power grid and water system and destroyed roads. Yes, it’s a miracle there were so many survivors on the island, though the exact death toll is unknown at this time and it will take years to understand the extent of the damage. Many houses in Puerto Rico are built to withstand hurricanes, but floods, damage to agriculture, livestock, nature, bees, and wildlife that was at the mercy of mother nature. Now Puerto Rico needs your help; below are several ways to help.

Nurse deployed to Puerto Rico: ” unconscionable that the people are being left to suffer.”

(Video Published on Oct 26, 2017, added here as part of update to this post.)

The children and people of Puerto Rico will appreciate your kindness! Thank you! Gracias!

This post is in response to many readers, friends, family, and colleagues who have asked me how they can help Puerto Rico. Below I share where to support the Enchanted Island, La Isla del Encanto.

The video below: Many artists bring hope to the people of Puerto Rico through this video below. The song “Isla Bendita” (blessed Island) is part of an initiative “United for Puerto Rico.”

“Isla Bendita”

How to help Puerto Rico: Where to donate and how to volunteer


According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the preferred is cash through reputable organizations since food, water, clothes and other goods need transportation and will take longer to arrive.


MA for Puerto Rico BenefitUpdate: though event past, you can contribute (see link below). Sol y Canto, Rosi and Alisa Amador and Christian Figueroa (this event this Friday in Boston, MA), if you can’t attend you can donate. (Register at link above for Fri, October 20, 2017, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM EDT). All proceeds were raised for The Boston Foundation. There is the link if you like to make a contribution: 

The Wheelock Family Theater in Boston is presenting IN THE HEIGHTS, a musical by Lin Manuel Miranda. On Sunday, November 19, at 2 P.M. 50 tickets have been reserved for a fundraiser for Puerto Rico. Please contact Elsa Mosquera for this function in which you will enjoy and at the same time help Puerto Rico. If you are interested, please contact Elsa at: ‭(787) 662-1055‬

Join Masterpiece Art Bar as we raise funds to support the North Shore MA for Puerto Rico relief efforts!

“100% of ticket sales will go to the Puerto Rico Relief Effort being organized by North Shore MA for Puerto Rico.” Location: Stonewood Tavern, 139 Lynnfield Street, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960 (Mon, November 6, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST. To register Click here )

Casa Pueblo, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
“Casa Pueblo is a community self-management project that is committed to the appreciation and protection of natural, cultural and human resources. It was born in 1980 when the government of Puerto Rico wanted to start a mining operation in 17 silver, gold and copper deposits. Mining would have caused an ecological and social catastrophe …” Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

Love in motion
They concentrate their efforts through four core steps:
1) Relief, providing basic needs such food, clean water.
2) Fundraising, to donate visit:
3) Sustainability (they develop educational program and workshops on health, nutrition, CPR, survival skills, solar power, recycling, home gardens, etc..
4) Blooming sustainable tourism by the end of 2017. For more information check their website.

Unidos por Puerto Rico is direct support for Puerto Rico, a fundraiser started by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosello. Donations made to them are “managed with the support of our accounting partners,” BDO, Deloitte, EY, and KPMG, according to their website.

Direct Relief (select “Direct my donation to” and pick Maria or Puerto Rico)

ConPRmetidos Maria: Puerto Rico Real-Time Recovery Fund:

“100% of donations to this fund will go exclusively to long-term relief for the victims of catastrophic Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.”

Habitat for Humanity, Puerto Rico

Click here.

Hispanic Federation y Coalition of Community Organizations

UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program.

Click here.

Project HOPE

For medical care.

Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund

Click here.

Bori Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
“We are a grassroots effort inspired to help the people of Puerto Rico directly after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”
On Facebook:


They provide emergency medicine, supplies, and medical outreach.

Click here.

American Red Cross

Click here.

Unidos Por Puerto Rico – Isla Bendita



Once the situation is stabilized in Puerto Rico, volunteers will be needed. Check with FEMA for more information.

For volunteer opportunities, you might want to check with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands recommend not to self-deploy as a volunteer since it could affect communities already in crisis and created an additional burden. For more information click here.

For more information, click below:

FEMA/Puerto Rico

FEMA/Virgin Islands

The children and people of Puerto Rico will appreciate your kindness! Thank you! Gracias!

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