timberland childrens shoes Assisting Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
Nearly a week after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the island’s 3.4 million residents face a growing humanitarian crisis. Most are still without power, food is scarce, and more than half have no access to drinkable water.
Category Four winds and a storm surge knocked out the island’s electric grid and created a near total communications blackout, leaving some towns unreachable. It’s estimated that it will take six months before power is fully restored.
Columbia’s Office of University Life is offering counseling and mental health services to students and staff. Multiple Columbia affiliates, the City of New York and international organizations are organizing efforts to assist Puerto Rico and send necessary items to those on the island.
Here is a list of resources and ways to help:CUMC Mental Health Services, (212) 305 3400
International SOS for students traveling or studying abroad, (215) 942 8478
How to Help
New York City has designated 18 firehouses across the five boroughs that will accept critically needed necessities, which will be delivered to those affected by the storm. Drop off spots will be open from 7 AM to 9 PM. The City will accept is only these items:Baby foodFirst aid suppliesFDNY locations accepting drop offs are listed here. Congress Members Nydia Velazquez and Adriano Espaillat, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito have joined with the Hispanic Federation to create a relief fund for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Donations can be made here.
UNICEF, the United Nation’s vehicle to help children, is mobilizing to get immediate, critical support to the children of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.
Center for Popular Democracyhas created a Hurricane Maria Community Relief Recovery Fund, which will send every dollar raised to support relief, recovery and rebuilding in Puerto Rico. Virgin Islands.
All Hands Volunteers has sent a rapid response team to St. Thomas and is moving to help the other islands devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Catholic Relief Services is providing shelter, water and critical supplies, including tarps, tents, as well as hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by all the recent hurricanes.
Americares, a health focused relief and development organization, is mobilizing its resources to assist those affected by the recent hurricanes from Texas to the Caribbean.
Save the Children is on the ground in Puerto Rico tending to the needs of families and their children.
Global Giving, a crowdfunding organization that connects donors, companies and nonprofits, has created a relief fund for Puerto Rico and Caribbean hurricane relief.