Puerto Rico: The Caribbean Island, home to nearly 3.4 million Americans, is facing near total destruction following last week’s mind-bending Hurricane Maria. Many are filled with empathy for the citizens of Puerto Rico, but are not sure how they can help.
Below is a list of organizations working tirelessly to help support, rebuild, and supply the bare necessities.
CASH IS KING:
Many organizations are looking for cold hard cash. This gives them the opportunity to get and give exactly what is needed.
One America Appeal This charity is spearheaded by numerous former USA Presidents
From bottled water to diapers to building supplies, there is almost nothing Puerto Rico does not need right now. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is coordinating many of these donations here (and corporate giving here).
It’s a little too soon for volunteers on the ground to assist with recovery as the airport is working on a a very limited schedule and the infrastructure on the island is not prepared to handle, house, or meet any of the needs a volunteer would need. But soon …
Check back with VOAD for more details as they become available.
As always, it is a good idea to do a little of your own research to determine which charity is the right one for you. A good place to look is Charity Navigator.