How to Help Puerto Rico and Other Islands After Multiple Hurricanes and Storms

San Juan, Puerto Rico

By Jeremy Del Nero on 30 September 2017
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Puerto Rico, which still lacks fuel and electricity, over a week after Hurricane Maria devastated the region, is in crisis. The mayor of San Juan has publicly begged people to “save us from dying.”

Everywhere one can see is the devastation left by the two storms. There’s no water, no power, no telephone service, no Internet. Roads that haven’t been washed away are blocked by debris from the storm.

Multiple charities are focusing their efforts on Puerto Rico. Here are several but there are, of course, many more. Regardless of which you choose to donate to, we suggest doing your research on how the funds will be used given the number of controversies that have arisen after past storms.


A crowd-funded community, Global Giving connects non-profit organizations and donors to provide emergency supplies including food, water, and medicine and all donations to this fund will go to support hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean.


The country’s five living former presidents have come together to raise money for One America Appeal, a fund administered by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Donations to the fund will be used to help storm victims in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida


Direct Relief’s stated mission is “[to] improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.” The organization said that it is working with local authorities to deliver a shipment of medicine and medical supplies to the region among other efforts. The webpage allows donors to specific how their funds should be used.


This Puerto Rico-based organization promises that “one hundred percent of monies raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm.”


The folks at GoFundMe created a centralized landing page for all of the current fund-raising efforts to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Maria.

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