January 10, 2020

Charities Providing Direct Relief from Puerto Rico Earthquakes

Author Joan Allmaras, Philanthropic Services Associate

Two major earthquakes struck Puerto Rico earlier this week, causing significant structural damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power or water. With the island still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria two years ago, the earthquakes and their aftershocks—the strongest to impact Puerto Rico in over a century—are expected to cost Puerto Rico’s economy over $3 billion.

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American Red Cross (EIN 53-0196605)

Working closely with local and federal government entities, the Red Cross is supporting shelters and distributing emergency supplies where there is the most need.


Americares (EIN 06-1008595)

From its San Juan office, Americares has deployed a team of psychologists, a social worker and a counselor to provide mental health services to survivors in shelters, along with medicine and other supplies.


Banco de Alimentos Puerto Rico (EIN 66-0444882)

A member of Feeding America, Banco de Alimentos Puerto Rico manages a network of 130 agencies and churches to distribute food to Puerto Ricans in need.


Hispanic Federation (EIN 13-3573852)

The Hispanic Federation has a team on the ground in Puerto Rico, coordinating with local nonprofit partners to distribute solar lamps and funds for health and human service workers. In addition, through their partnership with the University of Puerto Rico, the Hispanic Federation is providing mental health services in affected communities.


Project HOPE (EIN 53-0242962)

With response teams still in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian, Project HOPE has been able to quickly respond in Puerto Rico with medicine and other supplies.


World Central Kitchen (EIN 27-3521132)

World Central Kitchen is operating kitchens and food trucks to provide fresh food and hot meals to those who need them, including the hundreds of individuals staying in shelters in the southwestern part of the island. Through their partnership with the Hispanic Federation, WCK is also assisting with the distribution of solar lamps.


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