Hurricane Maria has left the entire population of Puerto Rico without power, that’s roughly to 3.5 million people. And due to the Island’s ongoing financial woes, it could be months before full power is restored.
Hurricane Maria is one of the strongest storms to hit Puerto Rico (it was the first category 4),since 1932, and it will be impossible to know the true extent of its destruction until after it passes completely and all is accessed, which will take a while. Puerto Ricans now need help with everything from clean water, food, clothes, hygiene products and money to rebuild ruined homes and schools. Here are a some ways you can help.
Make sure to do your due diligence and verify the reputation of the organization you are donating too, before you send them money.
The Charity Navigator website, which rates United States charitable organizations, is a good place to start when researching a nonprofit, as it does much of the legwork for you. It recently posted a list of reputable charities that are helping in Mexico.
Here is a list of local and international organizations that are providing aid and accepting donations:
The first lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló and a group of companies created Unidos por Puerto Rico to help the victims of the storm.
Save the Children will lead relief efforts for families and children impacted by the hurricane in the region.
The local nonprofit ConPRmetidos is raising money for relief to communities