ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2017...
...everything changed for Puerto Rico. A hurricane of unprecedented strength destroyed much of the island, leaving the great majority of Puerto Ricans without power, water, communications and access to food. In response to the immense devastation created by Hurricane Maria, the Hispanic Federation (HF) convened government, community and philanthropic institutions and leaders to create the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program.
The goal of our UNIDOS Program is clear: to serve the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities in Puerto Rico. To do so, the Federation has taken unprecedented action, helping to coordinate hundreds of donation drives in the U.S. mainland, distributing millions of pounds of food, water and essentials to those most affected by the storm, delivering emergency relief aid to the 78 hard-hit municipalities, and seeding 13 million dollars to support emergency relief and recovery projects throughout Puerto Rico. So much of this work has been made possible because people from across our nation and the world have stood shoulder to shoulder with us. In fact, we have received contributions from more than 175,000 people from all 50 states, every US territory, and from 23 countries around the globe.
Puerto Rico Updates
It’s hard to believe, but today marks the 100th day since Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
And though we hear less and less in the media about our families on the island who are struggling without electricity, work and access to basic necessities, I’m writing today to affirm what we all know: the needs in Puerto Rico are vast and require continued support from those of us in a position to help.