Hurricane María brought shocking and unprecedented devastation to Puerto Rico, the effects of which will be felt for years to come. In response, the Hispanic Federation (HF) launched the Unidos program, partnering with grassroots organizations, individuals, businesses and foundations to address the multiple long-term needs of the island’s residents. Today HF is proud to be among the largest institutional contributors to Puerto Rico’s relief and recovery efforts. From transporting emergency first responders, to providing 7.4 million pounds of food, water and essentials in the critical days and weeks after the storm hit, HF mobilized swiftly to reach Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities.
The scale of disaster in Puerto Rico requires all of us to support islanders and displaced families in what is unquestionably a long journey towards a just recovery. HF believes that nonprofit agencies, local organizations, and community-based partnerships are in the best position to steer the recovery and rebuilding of Puerto Rico. HF has committed $30 million to support groups and initiatives across the island that are delivering ground-up, innovative projects – all built around long-term recovery, resiliency, sustainability, and increased self-sufficiency and community empowerment.
Over 116 initiatives and local groups across the island have been funded with an average grant of $100,000 dollars. Many of the groups and initiatives have been funded for multiple cycles.
30 Million Dollars and Counting Invested
in 10 Focus Areas
Before THE RECOVERY BEGAN, We responded to the Emergency
By Deploying Medical Personnel to Attend the Population
Distributing Food, Water and Other Essential Goods
And Expediting Energy Solutions to Face the Blackout
and we partnered with individuals,local and national organizations
Leyla Santiago and her relief and recovery efforts in Corozal