It’s hard to believe, but today marks the 100th day since Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
And though we hear less and less in the media about our families on the island who are struggling without electricity, work and access to basic necessities, I’m writing today to affirm what we all know: the needs in Puerto Rico are vast and require continued support from those of us in a position to help.
As President of the Hispanic Federation, I have seen first hand the hardships our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico have endured since September 20th – and I’ve seen how your generosity gives hope and eases their difficulties. Below is a quick overview of the impact we have achieved by coming together:
- Delivered 4 million pounds of food and water to 75 of 78 municipalities in Puerto Rico thanks to your support.
- Provided 600,000 people with water filtration systems, medical support, meals, emergency tarps, mosquito nets, solar lamps and other essential provisions.
- Invested $7.5 million dollars in innovative projects that will build a stronger and more resilient Puerto Rico in the areas of housing, agriculture, workforce development, energy and communications, and the environment.
But Puerto Rico still needs us. And as 2017 comes to an end, you can continue to make an immense difference by helping in two simple ways:
Ask Congress to stand up for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. Just text PUERTO RICO to 21333 and we'll connect you with your representative. Here is our position on what the government can do to speed recovery on the island.
And if you are able, please continue to give. All we have accomplished for Puerto Rico was made possible by supporters like you. Even a $10 monthly gift will continue to help immensely.
To see how your support is making a difference in Puerto Rico, please visit www.hispanicfederationunidos.org. We update this website regularly with our latest accomplishments on the island.
And remember, 100% of your gift will go to relief and recovery efforts. You’ve made such a difference so far – we hope you’ll continue to stand with Puerto Rico.
Thanks again. We wish you and yours the best in 2018!