The recent effects of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico have been devastating. Three weeks after the storm made landfall, only about 10-16% of Puerto Rican residents have electricity. At least 44 people have died due to the hurricane, and there are now upwards of 5,742 people in 108 shelters on the island.
If you are wondering if you can possibly help in any way, though, know that you can. Here’s a list of reputable charities using their donations to send help to the victims of this tragedy that you can donate to.
Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico (United Funds of Puerto Rico) is teaming up with the Red Cross and United Way to provide relief. This group was started by the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló.
ConPRmetidos is an organization operating in San Juan since 2012. Their real-time recovery fund promises that 100% of donations will go exclusively toward providing long term relief of the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
Friends of Puerto Rico is a team dedicated to promoting and fostering art, cultural, and educational exchanges in Puerto Rico. They currently have a Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund set up to rebuild the island though thirteen centers managed by the Boys & Girls clubs in Puerto Rico.
The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund, created by the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) aims to support recovery in the island’s most vulnerable communities with 100% of the donations they receive.
GoFundMe, a crowdfunding website, has complied a list of verified fundraisers that are helping all victims of the hurricane. Among them are Somos Una Voz/We Are One Voice, created by Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Fund, created by Antonio Paris.
GlobalGiving is a company that connects donors to charity organizations that they care about. They currently have a Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund that you can donate to with an eventual goal of raising 10,000,000 dollars.
Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 in Springfield, Missouri. The group is currently sending a team to work with FEMA and local partners in Puerto Rico, and you donate to their fund directly on their website.
Direct Relief, California’s largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization, is shipping emergency medical supplies to Puerto Rico right now, and 100% of their Hurricane Maria response funds will be used for these efforts.
The effects Hurricane Maria has had on Puerto Rico is completely overwhelming, and the damages left in its wake are immense. However, by giving to any one of these charitable organizations, you can make a difference in the future of the American island.