Puerto Rico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief:

What’s Happening and How to Help

With winds in excess of 160 mph, Hurricane Maria had a destructive path in the Caribbean just weeks after Hurricane Irma. Each of the projects below will support Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma relief efforts led by GlobalGiving’s vetted nonprofit partners in the region. You can donate directly to a specific project, or you can give to GlobalGiving’s Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund.

Donations to GlobalGiving’s Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund will be divided among our vetted nonprofit partners on this list relative to where the need is greatest. This list of responding organizations and their recovery projects will continue to grow as our partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.

We believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of locally driven organizations, donations to GlobalGiving’s Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that our nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief here.

Hurricane Relief and Recovery Projects by GlobalGiving’s Vetted Partners

Puerto Rico emergency relief / long-term recovery
FORWARD/ADELANTE Puerto Rico, a fund created by the network of Puerto Rican foundations, collected and quickly distributed funds to vetted local grassroots organizations that provided direct assistance to communities affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Now, longer term support will strengthen their response capacity, promote transparency in government, equitable distribution of disaster recovery funds, and generate data to promote access to housing, jobs, and resilient communities.
Rebuild a School for 120 Students in Puerto Rico
40% of high school students in Puerto Rico are out of school. NUESTRA ESCUELA successfully serves this population since the year 2000 with over 1500 graduates. Our primary function is to support socio-economically disadvantaged youth who for various reasons drop out of school. To continue providing these students an alternative model of education that grants them a high school diploma in a healthy and proper environment, we must rebuild our school premises in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Maria: Helping Elders of Humacao
Hurricane Maria made landfall in the town of Humacao. There are families in Humacao living in dire poverty, in simple shack-like homes. Ten months after Maria, power was just restored. Elders and persons with special needs seem to have been forgotten. Some have been abandoned by caregivers who had no choice but to go to the mainland. In thiscommunity of survivors, there many persons, young & old, who rely on the support of diapers. This project will provide cloth diaper kits to those in need.
Help Bring Electricity to Puerto Rico
Helping Puerto Rico get electricity by sending solar. Project phase I of $10,000 to $20,000 is headed by Heather Dawn Thompson, Harvard educated lawyer of Native-American run company Now! Solar http://www.nowsolar.co/ who will use all funds to buy solar panels to send and set up in Puerto Rico to help bring electricity and light. Phase II will be solar home kits. The overall project is $100,000 of which we are striving to raise 80,000 here
Help us Purchase School Supplies for Antigua 2018
Our mission is to provide Antigua and Barbuda Primary School student with the tools they need to better their education. Antigua and Barbuda Associations United (ABAU) Education Committee spearheaded by Antigua and Barbuda Students Association-USA for the 2018-2019 School Year. The Education Committee identifies the educational needs of the Community. The committee creates quality, value-added programs to enhance professionalism and business development goals for our students. Please Help!
Boys & Girls Clubs of PR 20,000 Hot Meals Project
Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico (BGCPR) provides safe places for kids and youth living in poverty and marginalized communities. With 13 Club sites across the island, BGCPR impacts more than 15,000 participants and offers, before and after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, after-school programs to children and youth ages 6 to 18 with essential support including educational enrichment, snacks and food for a positive youth development. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 BGCPR participants live in poverty.
Hurricane Maria: Helping Children in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. This fund will provide diapers at no cost to our partner agencies, who are recovering and rebuilding. When we think about disaster recovery, we tend to think about hunger, homelessness, and clean water. Diapers are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. All babies deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy.
Caribbean Hurricane Relief
All Hands and Hearts arrived on the ground in the Caribbean shortly after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated many islands. We currently have programs in St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola, Dominica, and Puerto Rico to provide relief to the thousands still suffering. Our teams are completing response work and recovery work in the form of rebuilding homes and schools in communities that have not received critical assistance.
Hurricane Irma: Helping Children in Cuba
Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever measured in the Atlantic. This fund will provide diapers at no cost to our partner agency in Cuba who are recovering and rebuilding. When we think about disaster recovery, we tend to think about hunger, homelessness, and clean water.Diapers are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. All babies deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy.
Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund
Hurricane Maria caused devastating destruction and flooding in the Caribbean, destroying homes in Puerto Rico, Dominica, and the Virgin Islands just two weeks after Hurricane Irma. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support any necessary hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the Caribbean.
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Natural disasters like Hurricane Maria place women and children in the eye of a different kind of storm increasing their vulnerability to dangers ranging from complications during pregnancy and delivery to the need of oxygen for newborns. COHI has responded to 18 different humanitarian emergencies around the globe and is on the ground in Puerto Rico working direclty with local midwives, nurses, and physicians to provide medicines, care, and supplies.
Hurricane Maria Children's Relief Fund
In September of 2017, Hurricane Maria broke records as the largest disaster in Puerto Rico since 1928. 155-mile-per hour winds knocked out power for the entire U.S. territory. Thousands of island residents continue to live without electricity, water and sanitation. Save the Children is committed to helping more than 200,000 children and adults who live in the 40 communities where the needs are greatest.
Hurricane Relief:  Re-Opening St. Croix Montessori
We are rebuilding our school that was damaged in Hurricanes Maria and Irma. The effects of living on generator power, 90% humidity, consistent rains, and weakened infrastructure on the island result in damaged equipment, structures, and support needs. Repairs require a consistent source of upfront capital. The combination of these is a heavy burden for small, non-profits like our school, St. Croix Montessori, and the support of our global community is invaluable to the children we serve.
Hurricane Maria: Dignity for Women in Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. This fund will provide feminine hygiene items at no cost to our partner agencies, who are recovering and rebuilding. When we think about disaster recovery, we tend to think about hunger, homelessness, and clean water. Feminine hygiene items are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. All women deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy.
Caribbean Hurricane Disaster Response & Resilience
Team Rubicon Global is the hub of a veteran led natural disaster response organisation. With a network of over 75,000 volunteers committed to delivering assistance to those worst affected in the wake of natural disasters. This project supports our teams deploying to the Caribbean as part of the recovery efforts following Hurricanes Irma & Maria since 2017 as part of Resilience and Preparedness programs. - please join us as a partner in helping those most in need as these communities rebuild
Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust
The Barbuda Recovery & Conservation Trust is an emergency relief fund to help rebuild the Caribbean island of Barbuda after Hurricane Irma destroyed the majority of houses and major infrastructure. ICF is working with the Waitt Institute and the local government to provide emergency housing, food, clothing and supplies, restore community services, and support daily living expenses and wages for Barbudan emergency workers to rebuild livelihoods.
Resilience tool for children after Hurricane Maria
Children from coastal communities impacted by Hurricane Maria are still suffering the emotional effects of the disaster -- in addition to not having electrical power and other basic services at home and at school. We will use our existing programs at local elementary schools (i.e. 21st Century Community Learning Centers and others) to educate in resiliency tools through arts, recreation and other strategies so children can better recover from the experience.
Nonprofit Consortium of St. Croix (USVI)
The Nonprofit Consortium actively convenes 40+ organizations in health & human services, environment & climate change, and education to collaborate in 1) programs; 2) fundraising efforts, and 3) organizational capacity building. This project will be critical in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as it will convene both front-line service providers and secondary impact service organizations. This level of strategic coordination is vital to the re-building of the island after the storm.
Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico & Dominica
by IsraAID
This project will provide emergency relief; mental health psychological support; water, sanitation and hygiene solutions and medical support, for communities affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Dominica, and beyond.
Hurricane Maria-From tarps to roofs in Puerto Rico
When Irma & Maria hit Puerto Rico, poor and vulnerable neighborhoods were among the most affected. In the 8 communities along the Caño Martín Peña, winners of the World Habitat Awards,~1,000 families lost the roofs to their homes and a safe place to sleep. Temporary tarps already have filtrations, leading to mold related diseases. Roofs for the Caño, a community-based project, will help ~12 families in dire conditions return to normalcy by transitioning from tarps to permanent, resilient roofs.
Help Hurricane Impacted Children In St. Croix
Project Promise will provide support services for children traumatized by Hurricane's Irma and Maria by providing a holistic approach to healing.
USVI Relief Program
All Hand and Hearts - Smart Response is on the ground in St. Thomas and St. John, two islands that were absolutely devastated following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our teams are completing the critical response work needed to help families recover.
Rebuilding a Safe Haven for Future Crises
Intercambios has an opportunity to emerge from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria stronger than ever. By transforming our headquarters into a safe space to offer lifesaving care and emergency relief, Intercambios will ensure that the most vulnerable people in Puerto Rico, including people who use drugs, people with HIV, and people who face other health disparities, can access urgent assistance now and never face another crisis alone.
Sisterhood Agenda Hurricane Irma Relief St. John
Sisterhood Agenda needs your help with our new Hurricane Irma Relief project. Like many businesses and residents on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sisterhood Agenda and our new SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy were hit hard by Hurricane Irma ealier this month. Essential services such (government, banking, and postal services remain closed and the island is without electricity. Our media center and library were destroyed as our roof, ceiling, patio doors, and windows caved in.
Recovery News and Information for Puerto Rico
Following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans need access to local, trusted, information to aid in their recovery, and to help prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. The "Info as Aid" service reaches more than 1 million Puerto Ricans each week, and has become a critical source of locally-driven recovery news and information across the island. Help us keep this service running for another year, to ensure communities are prepared for the next hurricane cycle and build a more resilient Puerto Rico.
Help feed Hurricane Maria's 50,000 refugees in FL
Months after the disaster, more than 50,000 refugees have fled from hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico to Florida. Local emergency food providers have struggled to keep up with the expanded need for food. At the same time thousands of pounds of food are thrown out by nearby restaurants and farms. MEANS aims to strengthen our proven food recovery platform in Florida, and support these refugees.
Hurricane Irma Recovery in Cuba
Help Global Links deliver medical equipment and supplies that will support health services and hospitals damaged by Hurricane Irma.
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
The St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.
St. Croix Foundation CARE Fund
The CARE Fund seeks to cultivate national philanthropic partnerships to support our hurricane recovery and resiliency strategy. As a community-centric nonprofit serving disproportionately poor, under-served American residents, St. Croix Foundation is leading our community through recovery, grounded by our commitment to social equity.
Youth-Led Hurricane Philanthropy & Service - USVI
Through the Jr. Angels Program at the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, high school students will be mentored through engaging in youth-led disaster philanthropy and community service - empowering them to positively impact their communities, which are recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Environmental/Marine Hurricane Recovery in USVI
The Community Foundation of the Virgin will serve as a catalyst for initiatives promoting environmental and marine recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as resilience to future weather disasters.
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad
This project will help to stabilize communities in Puerto Rico, after powerful hurricane Maria passed through the island on September, 2017. At least 200 individuals will receive preventive and/or primary medical care; 500 individuals will improve their personal hygiene and will be able to prevent conditions by disinfecting water and surfaces in their homes and outdoor spaces; and at least four (4) communities in San Juan will be organize to achieve their self-sufficiency to look for resources.
Beyond Relief: Bring the Ideas Box to Puerto Rico!
This summer, Libraries Without Borders has partnered with local nonprofits & community organizations in Puerto Rico to launch a pop-up library & makerspace. For the initial phase of this pilot, we will provide a series of workshops running from July to August. These will include workshops on social enterprise & FEMA claims, arts & culture enrichment opportunities, & STEM & blockchain technology courses.
Rebuilding St. Thomas, USVI
The St. Thomas Recovery Team (STRT) is the long-term recovery group of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. STRT is made up of non-profit organizations focused on rebuilding and repairing owner occupied homes that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricanes Irma & Maria. STRT works to ensure that the most vulnerable among Virgin Islanders can safely return to their homes as quickly as possible.
St. John,USVI - Long Term Recovery: Home Construct
After hurricanes Irma & Maria, our team developed a rebuild program for St. John. The program facilitates construction solutions, focusing maximum impact on the underserved in our community. This includes the senior roofing initiative, adding required structural reinforcements, AND making homes habitable. We are already dedicated to reintroducing thirty displaced seniors safely back into their homes before the impending hurricane season. Our setback now is funding for materials & skilled labor.
Hurricane Irma Emergency Response Fund
CARE has established the Hurricane Irma Emergency Response Fund, with a $1 million initial goal to support our humanitarian response and work with partners to provide immediate relief and longer-term rehabilitation in the most affected areas. Your gift will help us address the needs of the most vulnerable families.
Water, Light and Shelter for Puerto Ricans in Need
CDRS has been distributing much needed emergency relief to needy American citizens in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in late September. Our team has provided high quality and very long-lasting water filters and solar lights to communities that have been cut off from these resources due to the overwhelming damage to essential infrastructure, as well as medical supplies, hygiene items, clothing and more. CDRS will continue distributions and rebuilding damaged communities.
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