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.
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.
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 http://puertoricowecare.org/ 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: http://prfi.org/donate/
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
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: email@example.com
Paypal account: Vah23@wildcats.unh.edu
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 www.sagrado.edu/
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. (https://hipgive.org/project/
Puerto Rican National Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber will also match every donation given.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for local organizations that accept donations. https://www.nprchamber.org/disaster-relief
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 volunteers; NIH 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. http://www.bgcpr.org, 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%.
The best way to register as a medical volunteer is through the Department of Health and Human Services. There are three programs managing volunteers:
- 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 email@example.com
- 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
- 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.