RELIEF FOR PUERTO RICO
The island of Puerto Rico has been devastated by a one-two punch from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The island's nearly 3.4 million residents are in desperate need of resources such as running water, electricity and food. There are several volunteers and many organizations who are helping with the crisis. We've also donated and have included the following excerpt from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/can-help-hurricane-victims-puerto-rico/ to assist you in making a donation or in receiving additional information regarding the relief effort.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:
United for Puerto Rico (spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico)
Former U.S. presidents have expanded their One America Appeal to include recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Save the Children, which focuses specifically on the needs of families and their children.
Global Giving has a $2 million goal for victims of Hurricane Maria
GoFundMe has also created a hub that includes all campaigns for Hurricane Maria. You can also find campaigns for individual families seeking help for loved ones.
Supplies. The government of Puerto Rico has also launched a guide that details how individuals or companies can donate emergency and construction supplies (from bottled water, hand sanitizer and formula to extension cords, tarp and safety glasses). The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is coordinating many of these donations here (and corporate giving here).
Volunteers. Once infrastructure is stable, the island will also need volunteers. VOAD is a good place to start. It can help match you with organizations with efforts already underway.
Spread the word. Part of the problem is that much of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean isn’t able to ask for help, due to loss of power and infrastructure.