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Best Way to Get Hurricane Recovery Help Straight to Puerto Rico

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Donations Go Directly to Non-Profit Organizations in Puerto Rico


The first donation to the Estoy con Puerto Rico effort was made by 11 year old Brian Sanchez, President of the New York Kids Chamber of Commerce 

To get desperately needed help straight to Puerto Rico after back-to-back Hurricanes Irma and María devastated the island, yesterday, September 28, 2017, local, national and Puerto Rican organizations launched “Estoy con Puerto Rico” (I am with Puerto Rico) at Catholic Charities NY headquarters in Manhattan.  The group includes Comité Noviembre, a consortium of Puerto Rican leaders and organizations, the National Association of State Latino Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Coalition Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the National Supermarkets Association.  Catholic Charities NY will serve as the group’s  fiscal conduit.

With roads flooded, government buildings collapsed and industries at a standstill, Estoy con Puerto Rico will work with the business community of Puerto Rico to deliver much-needed equipment like generators, cleaning materials, and more to affected areas. Businesses receiving support will in turn open their doors to the neighboring community to provide free food, a place to charge phones and receive information.  The assistance will vary from financial donations to shipments of water, non-perishable foods, clothing, toiletries generators, cleaning products, flashlights, batteries, etc.

“As it became evident that Hurricane María was going to devastate Puerto Rico, members of Comité Noviembre immediately mobilized to assist the non-profit organizations we support on the island. With the overwhelming support and response of the Puerto Rican and Hispanic business community we planned the Estoy con Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief effort,” said Teresa A. Santiago, Chairwoman, Comité Noviembre.  “Our hope is that within the next couple of days we will be able to work with our business partners to send the first of many shipments of critically needed items like water, food, generators, cleaning supplies and whatever is needed directly to non-profit grassroots organizations who know exactly where the greatest need is in their communities.”

A preliminary list of organizations that will receive donations include Catholic Charities of Puerto Rico; United Retailers Association of Puerto Rico,  El Meson del Amor, HealthProMed, New York Foundling Puerto Rico, Old San Juan Foundation and the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  

“I am very happy to be working with Comité Noviembre and Catholic Charities because I know the money will get to the people that need the help in Puerto Rico, said Frank Garcia, president, National Association of Latino Chamber of Commerce.  “Restaurants and grocery stores can serve as the community by becoming centers of information, where neighbors can charge phones and get food and water for free.”

The first donation to the Estoy con Puerto Rico effort was made by 11 year old Brian Sanchez, President of the New York Kids Chamber of Commerce and student at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy in Queens.

“We are particularly saddened since the Puerto Rican community is so woven into the fabric of New York including our parishes, schools and Catholic Charities said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  “We are delighted to work with Comité Noviembre and our other partner organizations to deliver critical funds and essential items to the people suffering in Puerto Rico.”

How to Support Estoy con Puerto Rico

Catholic Charities of New York is serving as a conduit for donations for Puerto Rico Relief and Recovery efforts.

Donate by Mail: Make checks payable to “Catholic Charities/Estoy Con Puerto Rico” and address to:

Catholic Charities/Estoy Con Puerto Rico, 1011 First Avenue, 11th floor, New York, NY 10022

Donate Online:  Visit Catholiccharitiesny.org/helppuertorico 

On the web form, type “Estoy con Puerto Rico” in the text field below ”Optional: Designate Your Contribution”

Learn more about our recent disaster relief efforts: Catholiccharitiesny.org/disasterrelief