Wondering how you can help those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona? Check out the organizations already working on the ground in the affected areas.
On Tuesday, Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Woonsocket Councilwoman Valerie Gonzalez and Central Falls Councilwoman Glendaliz Colón released a list of organizations seeking donations.
“To support relief efforts on the ground, we encourage donations to several important organizations in Puerto Rico,” the group of elected officials said in a statement. “Resilience and determination are in the DNA of Puerto Ricans. We extend our thoughts and prayers for the recovery of our family and friends on the island and encourage others to do the same.”
Here’s how they recommend offering help:
La Fondita de Jesús took shape in 1984 when a group of friends began delivering groceries twice a week to those in need in the Santurce area of San Juan. It was officially established the following year, eventually providing facilities for the homeless to eat, shower, wash and have their hair cut.
Recent Facebook posts from the organization say it has mobilized to donate food, emergency supplies and toiletries to those devastated by Fiona.
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Techos Pa’ Mi Gente was established in 2017 after Hurricane Maria and mainly focused on carpentry and other construction work. It later began repairing roofs to make them stormproof. Today, its programs include ceiling assessment, roof remediation, home remediation, and other initiatives.
Based in the Puerto Rican city of Trujillo Alto, this nonprofit organization also provides basic construction training so locals can learn to protect themselves from natural disasters.
La Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico, based in San Juan, started its work in 1984. It promotes access to drinking water, renewable energy, education and housing as well as economic development.
A recent web post said the group activated its Community Recovery Fund for Puerto Rico “to support the work of nonprofit organizations that are being activated to respond to the emergency.”
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Based in San Juan, this is one of many branches of Habitat for Humanity that exist across the country and around the world focused on shelters. The Puerto Rico Recovery Program was created in 2018 after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which according to Habitat for Humanity “affected or destroyed a total of up to 780,000 homes on the island.”
The organization provides home repairs and rehabilitation, promotes workforce development, and promotes affordable housing.
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in New York, the aid organization now has several offices in several states, including Rhode Island. It focuses on both long-term recovery and immediate disaster relief. An online information site calling for donations for Fiona survivors said the Hispanic Federation “is already on the ground providing emergency relief services and essential supplies to communities hardest hit by the storm.”
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The nonprofit has an overall score of 98/100 on Charity Navigator, a database that ranks charities to help donors make informed decisions based on organizational transparency, accountability, and finances.