Last updated: 10/12/17
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.
Don’t forget to visit our blog that specifically talks about how to help conservation efforts and stray animals on the island, Nature Lovers: Here is How Yoo Can Help Puerto Rico.
For information on non-monetary donations go to our post Donation Drop-Off Locations in the U.S. for Puerto Rico.
List of organizations fundraising for Puerto Rico
Use this list to find the right organization for you!
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
World Central Kitchen
From Houston to Puerto Rico, Chef José Andrés and their Chef Network have stepped out of their kitchens and onto the front lines to use the power of food to support communities affected by natural disasters. Your donations will fund food, fuel, chef travel, and logistics.
World Central Kitchen is a registered 501c(3) organization. EIN: 27-3521132.
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.
Ricky Martin for Puerto Rico
Dear friends, Puerto Rico is going through one of the toughest times in history, and the island desperately needs us. Hurricane Maria left devastating damage leaving thousands of people affected. For this reason, I decided to create this page to collect funds to provide the basic needs and rebuild all that was lost. My donation of $100,000 is already in, and I know I can count on your support. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your invaluable and much-needed contribution. – Ricky Martin
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.
The Puerto Rican Olympic tennis player Monica Puig has started a crowdfunding campaign Help Rebuild Puerto Rico. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
JJ Barea Foundation
JJ Barea Foundation is an entity that was created to coordinate and facilitate the contributions that Dallas Mavericks player José Juan Barea and his group manage in order to use sport as a tool for social transformation. They have started a crowdfunding campaign Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund to collect donations.
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%.
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.
Orlando, FL Residents
The nonprofit Feeding Children Everywhere is hosting a month-long food packaging campaign and is looking for volunteers to pack over 4 million meal kits to take to FEMA.
Orange County Convention Center – North Concourse (NA2)
9400 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Weekdays: 10am – 9pm
Weekends: 8am – 9pm
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.
Looking for engineers, scientists, technicians, and workers to rebuild the island. They are gathering names and technical expertise here. At the moment they are looking for local non-profits to collaborate with. So please leave your name and information on that link.
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.
Lawyers are Needed: Puerto Rican Bar Association
The PRBA encourages our members and colleagues to volunteer to provide legal assistance. Spanish-speaking attorneys are needed, but all are welcomed and appreciated.We are in the process of developing a Hotline for victims in need of legal assistance and will provide more information. For information contact: puertoricanbarny@
Legal aid provides the calm after the storm. After the storm subsides and the water recedes the exhaustion of survival will be met by the harrowing realization that their journey back to normalcy is only just beginning. The daunting work of putting their lives back together will require interaction with myriad governmental agencies and private businesses in order to interpret their rights to services and financial assistance. After a disaster, Legal Aid helps put lives back together by providing:
- Assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors
- Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
- Help with home repair contracts and contractors
- Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
- Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies, and procedures
- Assisting with mortgage/foreclosure and landlord/tenant problems
You can help make a difference in assisting victims of the flood to regain their homes, their financial stability, and their lives. Please donate to the to assist Puerto Ricans in need of these essential services.
Folks interested in assisting on the ground can also sign up to volunteer with the Red Cross through the online volunteer application. This form is specifically for PR and Florida volunteers.
Fundraising Events by City
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