Here's how you can support Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.


ONLINE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNS

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ConPRmetidos Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund

"We are here to connect the diaspora to power up Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria’s devastating hit. 100% of donations to this fund will go exclusively to long-term relief for the victims of catastrophic Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.This fund has been organized and is managed by the non-profit ConPRmetidos in partnership with Foundation for Puerto Rico, a 501(c)(3) corporation, which is acting as the fiscal sponsor."

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#Solar4PR with John Leguizamo

"Please join John Leguizamo, Director of "American Made" Doug Liman, Avram Ludwig & me in helping to bring solar lights to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. We are working directly with Alison Thompson who has brought over 20k  Solar Puff lighting to disaster areas and refugees in areas including Haiti, Nepal  and Syrian Refugees in Greece through her organizations Studio Unite  and Third Wave Volunteers."

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Ricky Martin Foundation

"The Ricky Martin Foundation team on the ground is already working with the local government, local volunteers and the First Lady of Puerto Rico to provide urgently needed food, water, clothing and medical supplies. We are...the most urgently needed supplies, and partnering with Music For Relief and We Care Solar to provide solar suitcases filled with light and hope to our communities, which are literally in the dark."

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Unidos por Puerto Rico | United for Puerto Rico

"United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping the victims aftected by these natural disasters in Puerto Rico."

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Somos Una Voz | We Are One Voice

"Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez  have created SOMOS UNA VOZ, an alliance of artists working together to rush food, shelter, medicine, power and communications to those in need of the effects of the recent natural disasters. Together, our alliance members reach more than 1 billion followers on social media across the planet...we can become one powerful voice that brings hope and relief..."

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One America Appeal for PR, USVI, Texas & Florida

"The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria."

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Friends of Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund

"In order to help build Puerto Rico after the passing of hurricane Maria, we're raising funds that will be invested 100% in the Island. Friends of Puerto Rico is a national non-profit organization incorporated in Washington, DC. Our mission is to build the future of Puerto Rico. We invest in communities to foster economic sustainability and promote self-sufficiency through art, cultural and educational exchanges. Friends of Puerto Rico provides financial support to selected individuals and non-profit organizations based in Puerto Rico that contribute to local arts, education, and entrepreneurship, while ultimately catalyzing economic development and stimulating job creation."


LATEST NEWS | INFORMATION | RESEARCH

 
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REBUILD PUERTO RICO

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies has launched an excellent resource site with information, research, fundraising drives and events, and volunteering opportunities.

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The latest data from the government of Puerto Rico, including addresses of open hospitals, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, supermarkets, and distribution centers.

 

DONATION DROP-OFF SITES

NEWARK (Tainas Unidas)
TAÍNAS UNIDAS is a group dedicated to the Hurricane Maria relief effort in restoring normalcy and providing support to those affected. We collect, transport and distribute items directly to those in need. We fundraise and work with local on-the-ground partners in affected areas to ensure efficient use of funds and support refugees who have been relocated due to the disaster. Founded by women in Newark, NJ - yet open to all - we emphasize grassroots partnership in relief efforts. 
Drop off location: 849 Mount Prospect Ave, Newark | Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 9am-6pm.
ACCEPTING: Emergency kits, bed pads, adults diapers, and alcohol pads.

BLOOMFIELD (Township)
Collection boxes will be set up around Bloomfield for essential infant and personal care items that will be distributed in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.
Drop off locations: Bloomfield police department and town hall (1 Municipal Plaza), all fire houses, and the Civic Center (84 Broad St, Bloomfield). 
ACCEPTING: Diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies, feminine hygiene products.

JERSEY CITY (PACO)
PACO will be coordinating with all relief efforts and will begin to accept donations for Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Drop off locations: 390 Manila Ave & 346 Center Ave, Jersey City | Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
ACCEPTING: Water, canned goods, bleach, batteries, baby/senior diapers.

ELIZABETH (Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico)
Puerto Rican Alliance of Elizabeth united with other organizations will be accepting donations to help Puerto Rico.
Drop off locations: E'port Community Center 250 Second St, Elizabeth | Monday-Friday 11am-7pm.
ACCEPTING: Water, canned food/drinks, can openers, instant milk, soap, detergent,
baby/senior diapers, batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies, baby wipes, baby food, toothpaste, toothbrushes.


FUNDRAISING EVENTS

10/14, 2pm - City Stars Album Release | Aquino | Bloomfield Public Library's Little Theater | 90 Broad St, Bloomfield
$10 admission (at door). Proceeds will be donated to the ConPRmetidos Hurricane María and Irma Recovery Fund.

10/19, 5-10pm - Art and Music Benefit for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief | Essex Rising & Valley Arts | 400 S Jefferson St, Orange
An evening of art and music to benefit hurricane relief. Featuring Frank Meo's Mind Prints series in the Community Gallery and live music in the courtyard. Food, drink, and a great time for a good cause.
$10 suggested donation at the door. 100% of donations and 50% of art sales go directly to hurricane relief. Item donations accepted as well. 

10/20, 8pm - Puerto Rico Pa'lante | SALSA in the City & Brooklyn Salsa | Grand Prospect Hall | 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn
$30 (or whatever you can donate). Purchase here. Donations go directly to “United for Puerto Rico” (www.UnitedforPuertoRico.com).
"I want to make this clear that although this is an elegant venue we will not be imposing any Dress Code. It is your attendance and your generosity that will make this event successful. Doors 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM. Band(s) - TBA. Music by DJ John John BK & Friends (Salsa, Bachata & more)."
ALSO ACCEPTING DONATIONS: summer clothing, towels, sheets, blankets, non-perishable foods (dry, canned, or powdered), batteries, flashlights, lanterns, candles, portable radios, soap, wipes, baby formula, diapers, solid food, first aid supplies, sunscreen lotion, mosquito repellant.

11/13, 8pm - Artists United for Puerto Rico|Aristas Unidos Por Puerto Rico | The Physics Theater (Times Square Arts Center, 300 W43rd St, 5th Fl)
Additional info TBA.

Know of another local drop-off site or event to add to the list? Send the information to me at daniawriting@gmail.com. Thank you! ¡Gracias!