San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 1, 2017 – United for Puerto Rico granted $1.9 million to nine nonprofit organizations that will provide relief to those most affected by Hurricane María.
On this occasion, funds were distributed among the following entities:
Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico: $8,097, with the support of the Puerto Rico Department of Education, to provide educational materials and furniture for the space that will be used for the Future Readers Project in Lloréns Torres.
Centro Santa Luisa: $12,250 to address the nutritional needs of senior citizens of Barrio Caimito and to continue and expand the services to this vulnerable population.
Centro Esperanza Inc.: $24,000 to help the children and youth of Loíza by providing them an environment in which they can learn, have access to meals and tools to overcome the difficult situation caused by Hurricane María.
EduK Educational Foundation: $84,180 to create the Hope Oasis for university students where they can receive essential services, including oral health and other health screening tests, educational talks, access to consultations with psychologists as well as other activities that may help in their recovery process, including motivating the creation of small businesses.
Kinesis: $99,940 to offer relief services to students who suffered damages as a result of Hurricane María, including facilitating the filing of claims for FEMA aid and helping them in the process of filing applications for college with access to internet services.
World Central Kitchen: $500,000 to continue the effort of providing hot meals to the victims of Hurricane Maria under the #ChefsForPuertoRico program. The grant will be used to fund the final stage of the program to meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities and populations who do not have access to hot meals with local flavors.
Centro para Puerto Rico: $251,075 for the creation of an Emergency Entrepreneurial Fund to help micro/small business owners who have graduated From the Center’s entrepreneur program.
American Cancer Society, Puerto Rico Chapter: $290,000 to provide emergency assistance to cancer patients, including providing shelter in the Puerto Rico Hope Lodge, (water, food, nutritional supplements, economic aid for medication, etc.) and transportation to treatment centers including transfers outside of Puerto Rico.
Ser de Puerto Rico: $649,120 to establish a mobile clinic to offer medical services and basic need products to those in need.
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 Mariely Rivera, Executive Director for United for Puerto Rico.
About United for Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico is nonprofit NGO certified as 501c3 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.