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How to Help Puerto Rico from Seattle

Millions are without power after another debilitating hurricane.

By Seattle Met Staff September 20, 2022

Five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island was once again hammered by a natural disaster. Hurricane Fiona has left millions without power, with flash floods displacing countless communities. Here's how to help from afar.

PRxPR

Founded by Puerto Rican business leaders, PRxPR typically funds short- and long-term humanitarian projects on the island. The group opened its Relief and Rebuild Fund to collect donations specifically for those affected by Fiona.

Puerto Rico Community Foundation

This 501(c)(3) assists communities and programs that bolster Puerto Rico's education, housing, energy, water, health, and arts sectors. Now it's launched a special fund for recovery efforts after Fiona.

Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

Roughly translated, Solidarity Brigade from the West formed in response to the previous hurricane, Maria. Now in the wake of Fiona, BSO has activated its mutual support network. They're in need of water purification tablets, solar lamps, water filters, and first aid kits in addition to monetary donations.

GlobalGiving

The nonprofit crowdfunding platform is accepting a Fiona-specific relief fund with a target of $1 million to pay for immediate disaster relief in the form of food, medical supplies, and shelter, as well as long-term rebuilding efforts.

Taller Salud

Diapers, nonperishable food, toiletries, drinkable water. Grassroots feminist organization Taller Salud has mobilized its team to address the immediate humanitarian needs on the ground.

Hispanic Federation

This DC-based nonprofit has a network of more than 100 community partners and is collecting donations to distribute for relief efforts.

Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico

Normally this community kitchen strives to fight hunger and food insecurity. Now it's collecting donations as it switches into disaster aid mode.

Diaspora x Puerto Rico

Contribute in two ways to this org all about promoting and preserving Puerto Rican culture: Donate to a GoFundMe campaign directly for Fiona relief or purchase needed supplies from its Amazon List.

DirectRelief

The largest non-governmental contributor of medical supplies to Puerto Rico welcomes donations for a variety of disasters, including Fiona.

International Medical Corps

Global humanitarian aid organization International Medical Corps responds to disasters around the world, from Pakistan to Ukraine. Now the Los Angeles–based group has turned its attention to Puerto Rico.

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