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Earthquake Aid: Catholic Charities Responds to Call for Help from Puerto Rico

You Are Not Alone: Your Donations Go Directly to Non-Profit Partners in Puerto Rico

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In response to Puerto Rico’s back-to-back earthquakes registering as high as magnitude 5.8 and 6.4, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has already provided $30,000 to Caritas, PR and The New York Foundling to aid the people of Puerto Rico who are still recovering from the long-term impact of Hurricane Maria.  Please donate now.


“We are particularly saddened since Puerto Rico is still rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Maria,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “I witnessed firsthand the concrete on the ground work of Comite Noviembre after Hurricane Maria. We are pleased to partner again to provide relief to the people of Puerto Rico.”  Donate to Estoy Con Puerto Rico.


Over 400 people have been forced to evacuate from the area and have been living in make-shift tent shelters in a large parking lot. Over 32 houses collapsed, over 100 apartments are uninhabitable, and hundreds of other homes are now uninhabitable. Many of the area schools and churches also suffered severe damage. Initially more than 300,000 customers were reported without water and there were widespread power outages. The uncertainty is causing severe stress and anxiety.  Much of the earthquake damage was in the southern coastal region, from Ponce to the west, including Yauco, Guayanilla, Lajas and Guánica.