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Hispanic Federation Applauds Congressional Passage of Disaster Relief Bill

New York, NY. June 4, 2019 - Today, Hispanic Federation President José Calderón issued the following statement applauding the House of Representatives for passing a multi-billion dollar disaster relief bill.

Oprah Winfrey Commits $2 million to Puerto Rico’s Revitalization Efforts and Arts Community

NEW YORK, NY. April 8, 2019- Today, the Hispanic Federation (HF) and the Flamboyan Arts Fund announced a $2 million commitment from global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey to aid in the revitalization of Puerto Rico. 

Hispanic Federation Statement on President Trump's Comments About Puerto Rico Relief Aid

NEW YORK, NY. Mar 28, 2019- Hispanic Federation President José Calderón issued the following statement in response to President Trump's recent comments and opposition to provide Puerto Rico with the disaster relief aid it needs.

Powerful Initiative to Merge Efforts in the Reconstruction of Homes, Collective Advocacy, and Community Legal Assistance in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PR. March 18, 2019 – Hispanic Federation (HF) has committed to an initial investment of $3.17 million for a comprehensive housing and community development initiative in Puerto Rico. Through a partnership with Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico and Fundación Fondo Acceso a la Justicia, HF will create and implement a strong plan comprised of three crucial recovery strategies: physical repairs of homes, collective advocacy, and community legal assistance.

Poderosa iniciativa para unir esfuerzos de la reconstrucción de viviendas, abogacías colectiva, y trabajo legal comunitario en Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PR. Marzo 18, 2019 – La Federación Hispana ha comprometido una inversión inicial de $3.17 millones de dólares para una iniciativa integral de vivienda y desarrollo comunitario en Puerto Rico, por tal razón realizó una colaboración con Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico y Fundación Fondo Acceso a la Justicia para crear y ejecutar un plan sólido que une tres estrategias de recuperación críticas: reparaciones físicas de hogares, abogacía colectiva, y trabajo legal comunitaria.

Establecen acuerdo colaborativo entre la Universidad de Puerto Rico y la Hispanic Federation para fomentar el bienestar emocional a poblaciones de Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. 5 de febrero de 2019- La Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras (UPR-RP) y la Hispanic Federation (HF) establecieron un acuerdo colaborativo con el objetivo de brindar servicios directos e indirectos para fomentar el bienestar emocional y atender las necesidades de salud mental, de la población de Puerto Rico luego del impacto del huracán María. Este proyecto además se realiza con la colaboración de los Recintos de Arecibo y Humacao, y de nueve (9) Organizaciones de Base Comunitaria (OBC) localizadas en a través de la isla. 

The University of Puerto Rico and The Hispanic Federation Join in an Effort to Foster Emotional Well-Being in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PR. Tuesday, February 5, 2019- The University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPR-RP) and the Hispanic Federation (HF) have entered a collaborative agreement to offer direct and indirect services through a project that promotes the wellbeing and address the mental health needs of the residents of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane María. Also collaborating in this project are the Arecibo and Humacao UPR campuses as well as nine Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) from across the island. 

Hispanic Federation lanza la Iniciativa de desarrollo del café en Puerto Rico con una inversión principal De $1 millón, junto Con $1 millón de Nespresso, $500,000 de Rockefeller Foundation, $470,000 de Starbucks Foundation y 2 millones de semillas de café donadas por Starbucks

JAYUYA, PR. 24 de octubre de 2018– Hispanic Federation y la familia Miranda anunciaron hoy el lanzamiento de una iniciativa a cinco años para revitalizar el sector cafetalero de Puerto Rico. Entre los socios fundadores están Hispanic Federation, Nespresso, The Rockefeller Foundation, Starbucks, TechnoServe y World Coffee Research, todos con el compromiso de respaldar a los agricultores de pequeñas fincas cafetaleras en la isla.

Hispanic Federation Launches Coffee Development Initiative in Puerto Rico with $1 Million Lead Commitment, along with $1 Million from Nespresso, $500K from The Rockefeller Foundation, $470K from The Starbucks Foundation and 2 Million Coffee Seeds from Starbucks

JAYUYA, PR. October 24, 2018– The Hispanic Federation, together with the Miranda Family, today announced the launch of a five-year initiative to revitalize Puerto Rico’s coffee sector. The founding partners include Hispanic Federation, Nespresso, The Rockefeller Foundation, Starbucks, TechnoServe, and World Coffee Research, all of which are committed to supporting smallholder coffee farmers on the island.

Take Action for Puerto Rico! Coalition Launches to Bring Together Leading Organizations to Demand Adequate Response for Puerto Rico

More than 200 coalition members from around the country will engage communities on Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, heath care equity, climate change preparedness, economic redevelopment; new toolkit now available to coordinate activities

NEW YORK, NY. September 18, 2018 – Today, the Hispanic Federation announced the formation of Take Action for Puerto Rico!, a national, multi-cultural coalition to bring together people and organizations with the goal of taking action around four critical pillars for Puerto Rico’s recovery: empowered community, health care equity, climate change preparedness, and economic redevelopment.

HF Statement on Trump’s Response to Revised Death Toll from Hurricane Maria

NEW YORK, NY. August 30, 2018 – Hispanic Federation President José Calderón has issued the following statement on Trump’s Response to Revised Death Toll from Hurricane Maria. “President Trump's insistence yesterday that his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was "fantastic" would be laughable were it not for the tragic loss of life and property on the island.”   

140 college students will receive $250 and $1,500 to alleviate the losses suffered after Hurricanes Irma and María in 2017

Hispanic Federation established a fund at the Puerto Rico Community Foundation to provide recovery grants to students from public and private universities

SAN JUAN, PR. Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – The Puerto Rico Community Foundation (FCPR, for its initials in Spanish) today bestowed $95,000 in recovery donations to 140 students from public and private universities, thanks to a contribution from the Hispanic Federation to establish the Hispanic Federation Puerto Rico Recovery and Hurricane Relief Fund, administered by the FCPR. The Fund’s goal is to help students recover from losses caused by hurricanes Irma and María so they can continue their college studies.

Innovative PopTiendas Initiative to Revitalize Small Businesses in Puerto Rico

BAYAMÓN, PR. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – Today in Puerto Rico, the Hispanic Federation, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Prudential Foundation, launched an innovative "PopTiendas" program for small businesses that were destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Maria. This revitalization initiative is made possible through the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, which to date has received more than 190,000 donations in support of Puerto Rico.

HF Statement on Today’s Island-wide Blackout in Puerto Rico

NEW YORK, NY. April 18, 2018 – Hispanic Federation’s President José Calderón has released the following statement regarding today’s island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico is yet again experiencing zero power transmission throughout the entire island. This is on the heels of last week’s electrical outage that affected more than 840,000 people. That millions of U.S. citizens are allowed to suffer repeated and massive failings of a broken electrical grid in one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world is an outrage. Because of the deplorable conditions that have not been adequately addressed in Puerto Rico, the United States can now claim the distinction of having the second longest blackout in world history. Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have yet to experience the return of even normal electrical service since Hurricane Maria devastated the island seven months ago.

Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and the Hispanic Federation Announce $2 million Fund to Strengthen Puerto Rico’s Federally Qualified Health Centers

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, in partnership with the Hispanic Federation and in conjunction with RCHN Community Health Foundation, today announced the launch of the Puerto Rico Federally Qualified Health Centers Disaster Recovery Fund, to help strengthen and expand the work of Puerto Rico’s Federally Qualified Health Centers in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Congress Continues to Fail Puerto Rico

NEW YORK, NY. December 22, 2017Hispanic Federation’s President José Calderón issued the following statement on Disaster- Relief Supplemental. This week the United States Congress has all but abandoned the people of Puerto Rico.  The much-celebrated Tax Bill sent by Republican leaders to the White House places an onerous tax on Puerto Rico at the moment when the island needs as much economic stimulus as possible.  And last night, as part of a deeply flawed supplemental disaster recovery assistance package, Congress failed to provide the funding Puerto Rico desperately needs to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Congress Has Failed Us!

NEW YORK, NY. December 21, 2017 – In response to the GOP Tax Bill and the passage of a congressional stopgap spending bill that did not include a Dream Act bill or appropriate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Hispanic Federation’s President Jose Calderon issued the following statement.

HF, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Family, TOYS“R”US® Celebrate Three Kings Day by Distributing Toys to Kids in Puerto Rico and Mainland United States

NEW YORK, NY. January 5, 2018 – At more than 40 community events across Puerto Rico, children who have been affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are celebrating Three Kings Day this year with more than 36,000 toys purchased and donated by Toys“R”Us® customers. Displaced Puerto Ricans in the mainland U.S. will also be excited to unwrap an additional 3,000 donated toys at Three Kings Day events in select cities across the country.

Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Toys"R"Us®, Telemundo, Hispanic Federation, And R.Evolución Latina Spearhead Toys 4 Puerto Rico Drive

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Toys“R”Us®, Telemundo, Hispanic Federation, and R.Evolución Latina are partnering to bring toys and smiles to the thousands of children affected by Hurricane Maria this Three Kings Day with the launch of Toys 4 Puerto Rico. The toy drive aims to send 10,000 toys to children throughout the island and begins today online at, with donations accepted until Tuesday, January 2.

Puerto Rican relief mission: 40 volunteer nurses on donated Hispanic Federation charter flight; critical healthcare, medicines and supplies en route

Media Advisory for Saturday, November 11. A volunteer delegation of 40 registered nurses of the New York State Nurses Association will depart JFK Airport on Saturday morning, November 11 – 11 AM, from General Aviation Terminal Building 145 (see driving instructions below and arrival information) on a chartered flight funded by the Hispanic Federation. Nurses will be deployed and medicines and supplies delivered for use in the most needed areas. The efforts of NYSNA and the Hispanic Federation will save lives on the devastated island, where many thousands are cut off in remote areas and in desperate need of medical attention.

Hispanic Federation Launches $2.5 Million Amanece /Road to Recovery Fund to Power Long Term Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

Award-winning actor, composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, in conjunction with the Hispanic Federation, today announced that the organization is taking applications for a $2.5 million fund to seed innovative nonprofit projects that aim to build a stronger and more resilient Puerto Rico from island-based groups. 

Hispanic Federation lanza la iniciativa Amanece /Camino a la recuperación de $2.5 millones para apoyarlos esfuerzos a largo plazo para la recuperación de Puerto Rico

Se une al creador de “Hamilton: An American Musical” Lin-Manuel Miranda para Anunciar las Primeras Siete Organizaciones Beneficiadas

NEW YORK, NY. 7 de noviembre de 2017. El actor, compositor y escritor Lin-Manuel Miranda, ganador de premios y creador de famosos musicales, junto a la Hispanic Federation anunció hoy que la organización está recibiendo solicitudes como parte de un fondo de $2.5 millones creado para financiar innovadores proyectos de agrupaciones comunitarias sin fines de lucro que tengan como objetivo construir un Puerto Rico más fuerte, con más resistencia y poder de recuperación.

Hispanic Federation Sends Largest Aid Package Received by the Municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, PR. 10.27.2017. Hispanic Federation delivers the largest donation given to the Mayor and the Coliseum since Hurricane Maria. Hispanic Federation’s President José Calderón and Senior Vice President Frankie Miranda delivered 220,000 pounds of essential goods including water, canned goods, baby food and other essential supplies to Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

AFT, Operation Blessing International, AFSCME, Hispanic Federation Launch Operation Agua to Provide Safe Water to Puerto Rico Families

SAN JUAN, PR. 10.23.2017. Responding to the water crisis in Puerto Rico, the AFT; Operation Blessing International; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and the Hispanic Federation launched Operation Agua to crowdsource contributions and provide a reliable source of safe drinking water to families across Puerto Rico. 

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and The Hispanic Federation Relief Effort, Announce $300,000 Grant to Beta-Local’s El Serrucho: Hurricane Maria Emergency Relief Fund

NEW YORK, NY. 10.17.2017 –The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lin-Manuel Miranda through The Hispanic Federation Relief Effort today announced emergency grants totaling $300,000 to aid the artists and cultural workers of Puerto Rico struggling to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. The $100,000 grants from each partner were made to El Serrucho: Hurricane Maria Emergency Fund, recently launched by the San Juan-based arts organization Beta-Local.

Hispanic Federation Raised $14 Million for Puerto Rico Relief and Recovery Efforts

NEW YORK, NY. 10.17.2017. Hispanic Federation has raised $14 million in just 24 days through the Unidos Disaster Relief & Recovery Program, which was established after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20. Facing the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico’s history, people of different backgrounds and from different places have come together as one to provide a helping hand. As of October 14, donations have been received from more than 100,000 people from all 50 states, every US territory, and from 23 countries around the world. The average donation is $103.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Artists for Puerto Rico Unveil “Almost Like Praying”

NEW YORK, NY. 10.6.2017. Lin-Manuel Miranda and 22 of his musically talented friends have released a new song to raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

"Unidos": A Hurricane Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico

9.21.2017. HF and Coalition of Community Organizations & Elected Officials Launch “Unidos”: A Hurricane Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico A coalition of New York City civic leaders including Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Congress Members Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have joined the Hispanic Federation and its partnering community based organizations to launch “Unidos” (United), a hurricane relief fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.