Help Puerto Rico: A List of Trusted Organizations Offering Aid

Last updated: 11/27/17  

The updates on this page are being provided by CENADORES PR, a group of Puerto Rican diaspora professionals in the U.S. The group Cenadores PR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are constantly providing updates via Twitter and Facebook as well.

Related reading:
Nature Lovers: Here is How Yoo Can Help Puerto Rico
Donation Drop-Off Locations in the U.S. for Puerto Rico

You don’t need money to help Puerto Rico

If you donated and feel like you could do more, you are not wrong. There is a movement of concerned citizens who are committed to the island’s recovery and long-term economic development. The movement is called 100 DAYS FOR PUERTO RICO and they are committed to taking action by sharing easy-to-use tools and initiatives that help citizens become politically and socially engaged in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico.

Throughout the first 100 days after the crisis, they will share 35 actions so that people who have a desire to help have the tools to drive the changes and solutions that matter most to them. These actions will ensure that Puerto Rico stays on the congressional, economic, and social radar long after the media blitz has subsided.

Organizations fundraising for Puerto Rico


The following organization is my #1 for donations. I monitor every organization I list here to make sure they are meeting their deliverables and using the money for good. FPR is led by a Latina philanthropist. They are so active around the island, that they even made it to my town, San Lorenzo. They have all my trust.

Friends of Puerto Rico
Friends of Puerto Rico (FPR) has launched the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund that will allow individuals to make donations to help rebuild Puerto Rico after the most devastating storm to Friends of Puerto Rico is partnering with the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club and will work with faith-based organizations to provide aid to special projects and most affected areas. FPR is a  charitable organization approved by the IRS and the Government of Washington, DC. We also are also a certified non-profit organization by Facebook and Google.

Donate for the Puerto Rican Children

Other Organizations

Puerto Rico we Care
This moment consists of a group of volunteers and companies from the Pacific Northwest all working together to help expedite relief efforts for the Victims of Hurricane Maria. They have partnered as an umbrella organization under Puerto Rican Association of Washington State (501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) to ensure that all donations are tracked by IRS – giving reassurance to each contributor that 100% of funds will go towards the disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Go to to learn more.

Puerto Rican Family Institute
The Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc. (PRFI) was founded in 1960 by a volunteer group of twenty Puerto Rican social workers. Led by Agustin Gonzalez, they shared a dream to establish a service program to prevent the disintegration of Puerto Rican families who lived in New York City. 100% of your gift to goes to help children and families recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. You can donate here:

Casa Pueblo
Started in 1980, Casa Pueblo serves as a community, education, and outreach hub that advocates for sustainability in all of its forms. They are leading a solar lighting project in the town of Adjuntas while also maintaining communications in the mountain town through their local radio station.

You can send solar lights, chargers, and more to

Casa Pueblo
Apartado 704
Adjuntas PR 00601


Light and Hope for Puerto Rico: A Citizen Campaign
This campaign is a grassroots concerned Puerto Rican citizen effort (under the stewardship of Salvador Gabriel – a 15-year-old moved to action in the face of the devastation around, Marta Michelle Colon, Ricardo Rivera, Jean Tirri, Juan Guillermo Herrans, Kichi Beauchamp, Carlos Dalmau). Citizens are taking the power into their own hands, and responding to conditions they are seeing on the ground first hand. The campaign is supported by friends of C+Feel = Hope ( Brad Israel, Hollis Meminger, Jill Van den Brule and many more). Solar Sister and their partners like d.light are providing technical guidance and outreach support for ensuring that quality solar solutions reach the Puerto Ricans in need.

Providing solar powered lights, mobile phone chargers, and hand-powered washers, we can create an immediate positive impact for thousands of families affected by Hurricane Maria. For every $100, they can provide solar light, mobile phone charger and non-electric portable washing solution for a Puerto Rican family in need.

Americas for Conservation + the Arts
They are collecting donations for sustainable farmers and projects that need to get back to growing healthy food. More than supplies, they need long-term sustainability!

The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund
This fundraising is being organized by Taller Salud, Popular Democracy in Puerto Rico, and Caño Martín Peñain Puerto Rico. Funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working with these communities.

Solidarity Brigade in Puerto Rico (West Coast)
This is an opportunity to send direct help to the island: This registry was created in order to provide people in Puerto Rico with some essential articles in this time of desperate need. Puerto Rico is directly in the path of the strongest Hurricane to hit the island in almost a century. The articles donated will be sent directly to relief worker volunteers located in the town of Mayaguez, which is expecting the least damage from the Hurricane. These workers will work together to assess the particular needs of the communities and provide resources to those who need it the most. The address that comes up for the registry is: Christine Diez Correa’s Gift Registry Address. This is the community organizer in charge of collecting the supplies, it will be shipped to the address where they will receive and store the items to then distribute them.
Paypal account:
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Mayagüez: Eury Orsini
Calle Mariano Abril 101A
Barrio Buena Vista
Mayagüez, PR 00680

Sabana Grande: César Atresino
Colinas de Villa Rosa
Calle F casa B-48
Sabana Grande, PR 00637

Sagrado Corazón University
Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción and other Puertorican nonprofits have teamed up with Universidad del Sagrado Corazón to create a support center for its students, the town of Santurce, and other marginalized communities that need immediate help.  Its support center, named Sagrado Contigo, receives nonmonetary donations at the University.  Monetary donations are also encouraged through their Banco Popular account or Paypal.  For more information go to

POC: Vanessa Lugo, vlugoflores@yahoo.com787-502-5670

You can send material donations to

Calle Rosales Esquina San Antonio Parada 26 1/2
Santurce , P.R. 00907

Hispanic in Philanthropy Fund
Collectively the PR Foundations Network has vetted and funded hundreds of community-based nonprofits working in Puerto Rico. Hispanics in Philanthropy has created a fund to earmark resources to go directly to this network that best knows the short and long-term needs for getting the island on its feet.  (

Puerto Rican National Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber will also match every donation given.
Email: for local organizations that accept donations.

NY Mayor’s Fund
Donate: and
You can also text “unidos” to 41444.

Ciencia Puerto Rico
Are you a scientist? Well, maybe you would like to help the scientific community through Ciencia Puerto Rico! If you are outside of Puerto Rico, on this page you will find a registry to provide assistance to scientists and students impacted by the hurricane; vetted ways of donating and contributing; opportunities for medical and technical volunteersNIH and NSF disaster guidelines; and other ideas of how you can help with the recovery.

If you are a student in Puerto Rico and need to request help, you can complete their help request form online.

Univ. of PR Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA)
UPRAA has established a Disaster Relief Fund for Puerto Rico to offer all alumni and Friends Abroad an opportunity to donate.  All funds collected will be channeled to the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration’s United for Puerto Rico relief efforts.

Center for a New Economy
The Center for a New Economy (CNE) is an independent, non-partisan think-tank that advocates for the development of a new economy for Puerto Rico. You can donate to their Puerto Rico Relief Fund if you are interested in this organization based in PR.

Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico
The Club has established a fund to provide basic needs and repair their facilities which serve as community centers for different towns., 787-216-8406. 

Puerto Ricans in Action
A growing coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses in the greater Los Angeles Puerto Rican community have started a crowdfunding Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund that will benefit several local PR organizations such as ConPRmetidos, Iniciativa Comunitaria, and Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico. Their campaign ends on October 7. 

Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico #PRxPR 
I got an email from Jorge Silva-Puras who is also working with the PR diaspora, including Maria Celeste Arrarás and Carmen Báez. The #PrxPR campaign will use 100% of the donations to the most affected communities. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@PRxPRorg).

All donations to the Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund will exclusively support the victims of the catastrophic Hurricane María and Irma in Puerto Rico and provide relief and aid the communities affected by this disaster. The funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, shelter and water and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.

ConnectRelief is coordinated by Caras, an NGO located in Puerto Rico. Caras created, developed, implemented and validated the concept based on past experiences in post-disaster Guatemala, Haiti, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. I don’t know them, but I was just on a call with very trustworthy Puerto Ricans who said they trust them 100%.

Volunteering Opportunities


The best way to register as a medical volunteer is through the Department of Health and Human Services. There are three programs managing volunteers:

  1. Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) – you can sign up through your state’s Department of Health or by emailing
  2. Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) – MRC is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities and  accepts all types of volunteers
  3. National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) – a federally coordinated healthcare system and partnership of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), Defense (DOD), and Veterans Affairs (VA). They provide disaster relief training and coordinate recovery efforts during a crisis. Find out more about their Disaster Medical Assistance Teams.

We also encourage you to check out National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters. You can sign up to volunteer, even if your role is not as a healthcare specialist.

Tech experts needed

People in the diaspora with a tech-related background who want to donate their expertise are encouraged to fill out the Maria Tech Recovery Effort form. This form is being managed by a group organizing through Startups of Puerto Rico who will work to connect key people on the ground in PR with the best talent in the diaspora. In order to partner effectively, they are using the form to create an “inventory” of talent that can be leveraged to help stand up services and share resources. 



Verónica Colón

Veronica is the mastermind behind the AMBULANTES blog. She was born and raised in a small town in Puerto Rico. Today, she lives in the Washington DC area and works for a large research organization. She also works as a content marketing consultant and volunteers with different Puerto Rican diaspora groups. She is owned by a small Maltipoo named Domingo who exists on Instagram as @mingomaltipoo.

190 thoughts on “Help Puerto Rico: A List of Trusted Organizations Offering Aid

      1. Saludos Verónica soy Puertorriqueña y mis hijos y mi mamá están en Arecibo, aún no se de ellos, vivo en Carolina del Norte, y quiero recolectar para mi Isla, pero no se que contactos buscar aquí, ya que llevó sólo un año en este Estado. Y por otro lado, en PR, yo trabaje para Fema pero aquí no se como hacer para buscar una organización donde yo pueda ser útil ya que soy Trabajadora Social con 20años de experiencia en situaciones de Crisis.

          1. Greetings, Veronica. I am Puerto Rican, and my children and mother are in Arecibo, though I haven’t heard from or about them yet. I live in North Carolina, and I want to collect (donate, help) my island, but I don’t know what contacts to look for here. I have only been in this state for a year. And on the other hand, in PR, I worked for FEMA, but here, I do not know how to look for an organization where I can be useful. I am a social worker with 20 years of experience in crisis situations.

        1. Hola Yaritza, escribí su mensaje en inglés. Español no es mi primara lengua, pero yo entendí su mensaje, y quiero ayudar compartir su mensaje. Espero que sus hijos y mamá estan bien. ¿Usted sabe Zello? Es un app, y mucha gente esta hablando y ayudando encontrar familia en PR usando este app.

      1. Thank you. This will be helpful for things we may want to send to relatives. I have a 95 year old aunt living with an uncle who is almost as old. They are thankfully well and they have running water but they aren’t too mobile so sending things directly to them would feel very comforting to us. I’ll keep on eye on when they start deliveries.

    1. Donating money is usually a better route (I know it doesn’t seem as personable, but it really is) so whatever they need they can get instead of an over abundance of left over supplies, clothes, etc. 🙂

    2. I sent a package of batteries from Amazon prime 2 1/2 wks ago along with some battery power fans from Academy Sports for my family and they still haven’t recieved it. I believe when I tracked is still in the main land! The post office is still not in work.

  1. Thank ou very much for this page. I’m in San Francisco, helpless like everybody else waiting for precious word from my family and friends. Ready to do my part…

    1. I think the best you can do is select one of these organizations that you like the most and start a facebook fundraising campaign for them. You can also try to do a fundraiser at a local restaurant or bar.

    2. Here are 2 good funds and I have researched that they are trusted organizations.

      1) ConPRmetidos: This real-time recovery fund is a crowdfunding vehicle to support the island’s recovery. 100% of the funds will be used for relief efforts and materials. They will provide immediate needs like food, water and shelter to the people as well as assist in long-term recovery efforts/ relief, such as rebuilding houses according to safety codes or giving energy generators for common areas in disconnected communities.

      2) Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund: This fund is in the frontline doing the work. It is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud and other local, grassroots organizations and will support organizations working with these hardest hit communities in Puerto Rico.

  2. Do you think that when the airport opens usps will start service again? What, if anything, do you know about that? I want to send some items to friends and family.

    1. I don’t know anything about usps at the moment. What I can tell you is that most roads are blocked, so it is best to wait and see what they say. Where in PR is your family? If they are in San Juan I think you will be able to ship them things soon, if they are in the middle of the island, it will be more difficult until they clean the roads.

      1. If you scroll up on this page it says Donation Events by city and has a google map with the locations. I saw this earlier on a website called Diasporicans **PLEASE CHECK IF THIS ONE IS LEGIT but it says one of them is at Tampa Executive Airport, (813) 626-1515 ***** NOT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT***** I did read an article about some of the commercial flights OUT OF TIA are taking necessities as well as people who are going for relief efforts but the supplies they take will be used for the flight crews and the relief workers and there families, I just want to make sure the things I have been collecting got STRICTLY to Puerto Rico and to the people living there through this devastation. my prayers are with them all!!

        1. I checked and they are very legit. I am talking to people who are on the team updating it. However, I do thank you for your concern and this is why this page and comments are open. We need to make these organizations accountable and besides having a whole team vetting these, I need people like you to always keep us on check!

    1. Unfortunately I do not have access to that information. But because there are many of us looking for family, I added some info on what to do if you are in the U.S. and need to find your family. Go all the way to the top!

    1. Yes! I am waiting for the team to confirm the ones we got and confirm that they are all legit. There is also a spreadsheet above with different cities and I’ve seen a lot on FL. Maybe you will find something there!

      1. Anywhere in Virginia? I am in Charlottesville Virginia where that horrible rally took place
        I am sure if something was set up that was legit they would be willing to help

  3. Saludos! Excelente pagina!! Quiero empezar un fundraiser en Atlanta con mi equipo de balonmano y quiero asegurarme de tener una organización de confianza al cual le pueda hacer llegar el dinero y lo pongan en buen uso. Thoughts?

    Pienso que si tengo la organización identificada, pueda que tenga mejor éxito cuando recuade fondos y presente mi caso.

    Otra opcion que se me ocurre es conseguir a algun contacto en Atlanta para enviar algun vagon/vuelo/paquetes desde Atlanta y organizar un drive desde aca (en la lista que tienes arriba no vi nada en Atlanta y creo que desde aqui podemos ayudar!!)

    1. Hasta ahora no tengo nada de Atlanta, pero sigue mirando el spreadsheet que aparece en uno de los links de arriba que a lo mejor sale algo. Pendiente que si veo algo te aviso!

    1. Laura, thank you for your help!! You and me both have the same concern. This is why I am working with a team to check on these organizations and I will try to get reports on how the money helped. I promise you I will do my best to keep everyone accountable. But I know they will!

  4. I am trying to do a Community event here at the University of Minnesota. I am planning to sell tostadas de tinga and with that money collections from the sells, I will have a person designate to be in-charge to put the money towards a trustworthy organization their in Puerto Rico.

    1. Thanks for your efforts! There are two events happening in Minneapolis already. Let me wait for the team to get more information and then I’ll post it here. Maybe you can join efforts!!

  5. New York people!!!!!

    Puerto Rico needs food and materials for our people. Please help in any way you can. The devastation is heartbreaking.

    The following locations have generously agreed to serve as drop off locations for Hurricane Maria relief supplies:

    MANHATTAN: Casabe Senior Houses 121st St and Lexington Ave. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

    BRONX: El Maestro, Inc. on Southern Blvd.
    Take #5 to Freeman Street. Mon-Fri, 2-8pm.

    BROOKLYN: Paul’s Parish Hall 334 South 5th St. Sunday, 1-5pm.

    1. I have a friend giving updates on Orocovis. People are starting to communicate. At the moment I don’t think shipments will get there. hopefully I will have a USPS update soon!

  6. There are 2 gofundme accounts set up forVieques.
    ViequesLove and ViequesStrong
    Vieques Humane Society and Vieques Island Animal Sanctuary will Aldo need help.

    1. THANK YOU for this info – I am worried and concerned about the Vieques Animal Sanctuary which I have supported before and hadn’t seen anything about it until your post! I pray that the owner is ok and all her animals and volunteers! I know they needed a lot of things before Maria- to help with repairs from Irma, plus ongoing food donations for the animals etc.

      1. I would like the links as well. i only know of the ongoing one from 2016 (, to help w. rebuilding and supplies, animal food etc. but i haven’t seen any updates or recent info on any Go fund Me. Not having any communication from the owner I don’t even know if she is able to receive any donations or pick up any supplies. We are all concerned about the animal rescue groups and their needs, and ongoing dire situation of the animals in PR, as well as the people and families.

    2. Can you leave the links for these- have you been able to hear any news as yet? There has been no communication from Vieques Animal Sanctuary owner (Wendy Price). I am very concerned.

    1. Kathy, you and I are on the same boat. All I can say is use the information we wrote above on finding family members and just keep checking el nuevo dia. At this point almost every town has a facebook page to update people on their loved ones. i would do a search.

  7. Great info. At least two groups in Miami. Here is one:
    🔴🔴🔴South Florida friends – please share or copy/paste! 🔴🔴🔴
    The Puerto Rico Relief Committee in Miami is announcing that the following items are urgently needed in Puerto Rico:
    1. Non-perishable food goods
    2. Baby Food and diapers
    3. New baby clothes
    4. Batteries
    5. Medical Supplies
    6. Water

    The following are collection points in our area:
    Isla Del Encanto Restaurant
    12850 SW 120th Street
    Miami, FL 33186
    Friday 12 noon through 10 p.m.

    Ana G. Mendez University
    15201 NW 79th Court
    Miami Lakes, FL 33016
    Friday: 3p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. 0 5 p.m.
    Sunday : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Mana Wynwood Warehouse
    225 NW 2nd Avenue
    Miami, FL 33127
    Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Ay Bendito Food Truck
    9225 SW 137th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33196
    Sunday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    In Broward County:
    Casa Borinquen
    6519 Taft Street 33024
    Hollywood, FL 33024
    Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    1. Two TV stations are having a teleton this weekend. Also, please don’t forget the plight of the satos in PR. The Sato Project and the like groups need help too! Animal items for the pets also.

    1. This question is being asked a lot and I have to say I am not sure. Most of the collections I know are working with United for Puerto Rico who DO have a way to get stuff there. I will soon post a FAQ that will have this answer!

      1. I was able to make contact with my sister in San Juan. She & my mom are OK, but I need to find out where they can go for help. My mom is 91yrs old with breathing problems & uses a machine for her servere apnea. They are in need of a generator plus supplies.

  8. It seems to me that the fastest way to reestablish power would be to use small, stand-alone solar panel powered units. These units would consist of a rack that can stand on the ground, a solar panel or panels, a deep-cycle battery or batteries, a charge controller, and an inverter. These units could be deployed in any type of area, either outlying or urban, and provide power for LED lights, a radio, a small water pump or whatever is needed. A large unit could even run necessary hospital equipment. These units could be assembled either on-site or pre-assembled and flown in for a plug-and-play solution. The bottom line is that these units could be put into operation very quickly by motivated people.

    Please pass this idea on to any groups that would be interested in and capable of realizing such a solution.

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you. I completely agree with you and have been hearing this recommendation here and there but am not aware of an organized effort to accomplish this. Please follow up if you hear of anything and I will do same.

    Saludos, les escribo con una idea y con un mensaje importante.
    Acabo de enganchar con mi amigo Carlos R. Bellavista Rolón del Search & Rescue de Fort Buchanan. La situación aún es delicada, sobre todo para los pueblos del norte cuyos ríos desde Ciales a Utuado se salieron del cauce. Dicho eso, aún hay mucha gente en techos, MUCHOS!
    Aquí la idea, yo puedo coordinar através de el o con el Director de Manejo de Emergencias en PR. Tenemos que comprender que el gobierno no va a dar abasto para rescatar y asegurar la vida de tantas personas en un corto lapso, ellos están haciendo todo lo que pueden al máximo y arrriesgando su propia vida. El pronóstico de lluvia continúa y el caudal aún ruge.
    1. Algún pana, conocido, vecino que tenga guaguas escolares intactas? Que voluntariamente pueda al menos proveer una. 40-50 personas.
    Para organizar un equipo de cueveros, rock climbers, cañonistas, guías de excursiones, expertos en rappelling, en espacios cerrados, rescate y búsqueda. SÓLO PERSONAS ADIESTRADAS, con equipo, sierra, sogas, carabineros, GPS, radios, etc…
    Una vez se coordine con el gobierno las vías aseguradas, se puede hacer un plan para asistir como unidad móvil anexada a manejo de emergencias, con tareas específicas.
    2. Quisiera que las personas que son los duros en ésto en el area recreativa y/o profesional alcen su voz, yo les pido que hoy si están bien y sanos se levanten y se nos unan.
    3. Le hago un llamado a la comunidad de Vista Mar, Carolina. Si a usted le queda algún bote de bass fishing los necesitamos en el NORTE, POR FAVOR, únasenos si usted puede y si los suyos están bien.
    4. A la comunidad obrera de farmacéuticas en PR, cuales están adiestrados en todos los SOP de espacios cerrados y mantenimiento con uso de sogas, body arrest, extracción, entre otros. Únasenos.
    5. Una persona que me ayude a hacer un excel spreadsheet en google drive y que administre la data, horario, información de los voluntarios, tareas, entre otros.
    Una vez más públicamente emplazo a los compas del deporte extremo, si usted está sano, vamos a hacer un movimiento cónsono. Considere abrir su tienda, si este equipo se forma, de ser necesario más equipo, jamás le faltará ningún cliente.
    Rocaliza Adventure Tours
    Ruta Nativa
    Adventure Discovery Puerto Rico
    Canyoning Puerto Rico
    Aventuras Tierra Adentro
    Acampa Store
    Asociacion de Escaladores de Puerto Rico (A.E.P.R.I.)
    PuertoRico Climbing
    Climbing Puerto Rico
    ClimbingLife Guides
    La Tribu Contribuye
    Para la Naturaleza
    Federación Espeleológica de América Latina y el Caribe (FEALC)
    Toroverde Puerto Rico
    Radio Isla 1320
    NotiUno 630
    Univisión Noticias
    The Home Depot
    Ferretería Maderas 3C
    Agencia Estatal Para El Manejo De Emergencias
    Policía de Puerto Rico
    94.7 Hits FM
    Cualquier grupo que se me haya quedado, por favor déjamelo saber, copia y pégalo en tu muro. Recuerda que al compartilo, copia directamente a la radio y a la prensa oprimiendo la tecla shift y subsecuente el #2 del teclado para dirigir el “tag”.
    Me puedes escribir directamente a mi correo:
    magic jack: 239-205-5450
    facebook messenger

  10. Great info here, thank you for sharing. We are trying to provide clean drinking water to PR via our KOHLER Clarity filter system. We are currently working with FEMA and local NGO’s, but if you have any contacts within the Govt or NGO’s, please let us know. Thanks!

  11. Univision stated that airlines began flying in and out on a limited scale. AA and Jet Blue are two of them. NY”s governor already flew in to PR with supplies. Still no Trump, though. Once the donations get to PR and are warehoused, how do they get them to families? How can families get to a distribution center with the roads the way they are. I would like to know how things are getting to our people that need help. Anyone knows?

  12. Por favor estoy tratando de obtener información de mi hermano, José Antonio Mercado Vivas (Ché) trabaja para el municipio. También mi tía, Nereyda Mercado Quiles y su esposo Juan Heredia González, de Las Palmas. Díganle llame a Mari. Estoy muy preocupada. Mando mensajes y llamo y nada. También Melisa Román y Adrián José Mercado Román de Ángeles.

  13. Sorry if repost received error on first try,
    Please pass on to your contacts that someone, either PR gov’t or an NGO, needs to set up a shipping location for donations. Many of us in the diaspora do not live in major metro areas so getting to a donation drop off is not feasible. I will be shipping supplies to my family members once they figure out what they need. There are others I would like to help also. If I order through Amazon Prime, it will get there in 5-7 days and Amazon will pay the shipping. Things donated at these collection points will take a while to get there. Think of the logistics of shipping a container from Seattle, Portland or Minneapolis. I am not criticizing those efforts, But for people like me(I live in NW Wisconsin) this is not a viable alternative.

  14. I am a psychiatric social worker/ bilingual & would like to know how I can volunteer in PR. Also how I can get info on Levittown, PR. Thank everyone for their compassion & assistance!!!

      1. red cross isn’t a trusted company given how many times they’ve been busted misappropriating funds. That’s likely why they’re not on here.

  15. Is there any way we can find where the supplie are going to. My family is running out of water and my friend of food, can I make a specific donation to them. They can coordinate to get to the airport.
    Please let me know. PErhaps a place where community coordinators are.

  16. Don’t forget bugspray in the donations you are sending or dropping off! With all that water, PR is going to be in serious danger of an increase in mosquito population that carry Dengue, ChickV and other diseases! Many lists of items needed have not included that item! Lots of bug repellent! Dengue and chikungunya can seriously hurt people stressed by the existing conditions and by chronic illness. Aspirin, ibuprofen also, I am going to the Dollar Tree and get a bunch of stuff to drop off at Yerbabruja Theater in Central Islip, Long Island. They are receiving today and tomorrow.

    1. Do you have info on specific fundraising they are doing? I am focusing on the small animal shelters because they are the first ones to run out of food.

  17. Hi there! Thanks so much for this. NYC Mayor’s office and Hispanic Federation are co-sponsoring goods drive (diapers, batteries, feminine hygiene products, baby food and first aid supplies). Dropoff points are firehouses all over the five boroughs listed here: I second the call to list The Sato Project in PR as an animal relief orgfor donations. I’ve supported them for yeas and they do amazing work and their shelter was destroyed. Thanks!

  18. Also, you did not mention, in NYC, Major DeBlasio has set up designated firehouses throughout all five boroughs of NYC as drop off points Hurrican Maria Puerto Rico, for emergency baby food items, batteries, sanitary wipes, can foods, and first aid kits that people can drop off. I gave you the link above, for reference. The drop off is only for 9/25/17 and 9/26/17, per the article. This was announced on Channel 7 eyewitness News and other local new agencies.

  19. Also, I did not mention, thanks for posting this page because we all need to do something and there many in the mainland US who love the people of PR and US Virgin Island and want a way to help….keep up the good work.

  20. Hi. You mention that “United for Puerto Rico is a 501(c)(3)”, but wanted to confirm where you got this information from. I’m interested in donating through them, but I can’t find any document from them where they state they are 501c3.

  21. I am living in Lincoln, Nebraska and I am desperate to help my homeland. I am wondering how and where people or organizations are sending supplies like diapers, batteries, first aid, etc. that they gather locally. There isn’t anything happening locally and I am looking to start a drive here.

  22. Hello, thank you for what you are doing. I am looking for an organization that will be able to receive items for Puerto Rico. I am trying to get together an Amazon page to buy solar powered chargers and other battery operated equipment to send to Puerto Rico. Don’t want to send individual shipments. I want the times to be distributed to people in need. But I am having trouble finding an organization that can be the recipient of shipments and can deliver them to most in need. Do you have any suggestions? I’m in DC but people that I know that want to donate these items are everywhere around the country which is why we need a central ship to address. Thanks so much for any help you can give.

  23. Hi. We are a small nonprofit named the Hispanic Brotherhood, Inc. We are collecting items to be sent to Puerto Rico. We are located in Nassau County, Long Island. Our address is 59 Clinton Avenue, Rockville Centre. We are working along with other Hispanic nonprofits in the area to get supplies to PR. If anyone who is local would like to drop anything off (we are not taking $), we will make sure it gets to those in need.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi, I am in the process of collecting donations and wanted more information as to how your organization will be distributing the needed supplies to Puerto Rico. Thank you. I would like to collaborate but would like more information.

  24. More resources for folks with family and friends in the Virgin Islands?? I love PR, but lived on St. Croix for many years and would like to help my friends that are still on island. They too are out of food!! and I heard the airport won’t open on St. Croix until Friday….

  25. For those in NYS and the National Guard are in charge of the massive shipments out of the Javits Center. THe site has a list of all the drop off sites in NYS. Don’t forget pet food and bug repellent!
    By the way, phones are working in PR! I got calls tonight! yeah!

      1. Thank you for adding them, and for this great list! (They do amazing work, and they are currently organizing a transport of 60 dogs from PR to NYC on Friday – tomorrow.) Thank you so much for the work you are doing. I am pissed off and *disgusted* by this administration’s lack of timely real action to help people in PR. I also just read that people who are evacuating PR (by plane) are being issued promissory notes to hold them responsible to PAY for their flight out! Knowing that this president has left PR holding the debt of his bankrupted golf resort on the island makes me even more outraged. So – thank you and everyone who is doing something to help!

    1. Yes! ConPRmetidos is working really really hard. I am working on ways to show what the help is doing but it’s really challenging at the moment. Thank you for supporting them!

  26. I am trying to make a donation via PayPal for Save a Gato and the Humane Society as listed above but the PayPal link doesn’t seem to be working. Any suggestions?

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  28. To anyone that is unable to return to their homes in PR because of wind, rain or flood damage, what are the options? If your family and friends are in the same boat with no electric or reliable water source where can you go? I read that the hotels working on generators have been housing US personnel mainly. In TX and FL, FEMA approved Transitional SHelter Assistance (TSA) for people to stay in hotels. They can also approve rental payment for temporary housing. They never did for Puerto Rico. Boricuas are not eligible for TSA. I don’t know why. If they claim that there is no hotels to be used on the island, then they should be approving the benefit for those who had to leave the island and are now scattered through several states. I know of at least one person from FL who is getting TSA in a Long Island hotel. Is anyone calling FEMA out on this deficiency? I can’t afford to keep my parents in a hotel much longer and their credit cards don’t work here. My house is not elderly proof yet. I don’t understand how no one has call FEMA out on this unfair treatment. Any one knows why PR is not approved? Is anyone working on getting this change?

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