To help victims of the Mexican and Puerto Rican disasters:
Donate to Operation Helping Hands, a partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, Univision 23 and JCS Switchboard. Visit https://unitedwaymiami.org/, call 1-800-226-3320 or send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, FL 33245-9007.
Source: Miami Herald
Save the Children Mexico (page is in English)
Global Giving (page in English)
International Community Foundation (page is in English):
Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico
Caritas Puerto Rico
201 Calle San Jorge
Esquina Baldorioty de Castro
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902
P.O. Box 8812, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00910-0812
tel: 787 300-4953
Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund
Save the Children
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 400,
Fairfield, CT 06825
Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund
1511 Ave. Ponce de León Suite K, La Ciudadela
San Juan P.R. 00909
Source: Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Unidos Por Puerto Rico: First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, joined forces with local businesses to create this aid fund for survivors of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
Unicef: This United Nations fund helps children affected by disaster, and donations go toward everything from clean water to school supplies.
Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund: This Indiegogo campaign is being managed by ConPRmetidos, a think tank dedicated to promoting social change in Puerto Rico. You can see updates from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on the page.
Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief Fund: This fund is a group effort between a coalition of Los Angeles–based Puerto Rican groups, including Puerto Ricans in Action, The Ricans Food, I Am HomeMade, and El Floridita. This campaign has already found two local nonprofits to contribute to as they rebuild two towns on the island.
You may be tempted to donate to the Red Cross. Be careful. There are smaller and more local groups that need the help and will spend the money on what residents actually need and can distribute aid more efficiently.
If you’re wondering whether a charity or fund-raiser is trustworthy, you can research it on sites like Charity Navigator, which rates groups on how efficiently they spend their funding and how open they are about how they spend donations.
The American Red Cross is busy getting supplies to Puerto Rico. Other organizations helping Puerto Rico and other Caribbean nations include Global Giving, UNICEF, Save the Children, and Catholic Charities.
A Puerto Rican nonprofit ConPRmetidos is helping bring food, shelter, and water to those affected by the latest storm. They plan to help with long-term recovery eventually.
Smaller crowdfunding efforts are popping up to support Hurricane Maria survivors.
To help those injured from the destruction of the storm — winds were up to 175 mph — give blood. The American Red Cross has more information on how to give.
>> Get the latest news of the tragic events in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the rest of the Caribbean here.