United for Puerto Rico distributes $2,116,500.00 million in aid to NGOs

San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 17 2017 – United for Puerto Rico announced the distribution of more than$2 million in funds during the second week of November to five nonprofit non- governmental organizations that seek to aid communities in need.

“Until now, United for Puerto Rico Board had approved donations to fifteen non-profit organizations, distrusted grants up to $5,149,944 to will help rebuild Puerto Rico,” explained Mariely Rivera, Executive Director of United for Puerto Rico. She added that “in view of the continued lack of energy, United for Puerto Rico is still focusing on applications that provide relief”. It is also seeking requests that help communities recover.

On this occasion, the projects that were granted funds for relief by United for Puerto Rico include:

United Way received $1,380,000.00 to continue with the effort of providing hot meals to hurricane victims and to Support other NGOs to expand their community work by providing health services and meeting other basic needs.

Calvary Chapel, was granted $96,000.00. The funds will be used to maintain disaster aid centers that distribute food to large groups of people both in the metro area as well as outside the area. In addition to food distribution, Calvary Chapel will offer emotional and spiritual aid in these times of crisis in Puerto Rico.

The Centros Sor Isolina Ferré received $75,000 to fund an initiative called “Abrazo Solidario” (A Solidary Hug) . This Project help the victims of both hurricanes Irma and Maria replace damaged appliances and purchase articles for basic needs, among other help.

In addition, project Oasis Taíno received $65,500.00. This effort addresses the immediate needs of Students of the University of Turabo, by supplying them with non-perishable food products. The initiative responds to the growing number of students who lack food due to the worsening economic crisis of the island due to the hurricanes and which impacts youth directly.

Finally, Instituto Psicopedagógico received $500,000. The Psicopedagógico is a private non-profit organization daily essential services o youth, adults and older adults with intellectual disability. The grant will be used to address critical areas supporting the services offered to individuals with intellectual disability in the aftermath of Hurricane María.

Those interested in contributing to relief and recovery efforts for the population of Puerto Rico can send their donation through PayPal on the www.unidosporpuertorico.com site, using ATH Móvil by dialing telephone number 787.552.9141 using pATH/UnidosPorPuertoRico, or through deposits or transfers to Unidos por Puerto Rico/United for Puerto Rico, account number: 0108501910 FirstBank Puerto Rico, ABS/Routing number: 221571473, SWIFT:FBPRPRSJ.

“We urge NGOs to submit grant applications for our review through our site www.unidosporpuertorico.com. Requests will be reviewed each week by our board of directors,” said the executive director for United for Puerto Rico.

About United for Puerto Rico

United for Puerto Rico is nonprofit NGO certified as 501 (c )3 entity by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. It was created after the Office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico called for members of the private sector to join in the relief effort after Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico on September 6. After the catastrophic impact of Maria, on September 20, the organization saw the need to formalize and strengthen its structure as an entity separate from the government ruled by a board of 11 directors from the private sector with three additional ex-officio government representatives. The latter have no vote. For more information, please visit www.unidosporpuertorico.com

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