Hurricane Maria brought historic devastation to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the heels of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which dealt catastrophic blows to residents of Texas, Florida, the Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico, and other nearby areas. Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló said the island faces a humanitarian crisis. Many agencies will be providing relief and recovery in these regions for years to come, and they will need support.
You may be wondering what you can do to help in the face of such overwhelming disaster. If you're moved to help, the following resources can assist you in reaching out to hurricane victims. Southern Connecticut State University does not endorse or vouch for any of the groups listed. It's a good idea to do a bit of research on any charity before you donate to it.
How You Can Help
A local event being coordinated by the City of New Haven, New Haven Latino Council, ARTE Inc., and Puerto Rican United, Inc.:
From National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:
Current Disasters (Include Maria, Harvey and Irma)
From Charity Navigator:
Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey
Charities Providing Assistance in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
From National Public Radio (NPR):
Here's How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey
How To Help As Florida Is Dealt 'Catastrophic' Blow From Irma
How to Help Residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Recover After Hurricane Maria
Charities and organizations working to keep immigrant, Black, Latinx and other populations safe after Hurricane Harvey
8 Ways to Help People of Color Recover From Hurricane Irma
More Resources to #HelpPuertoRico
United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló,
in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support
to those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricanes Irma and María.
From USA.gov: Information and resources to recover from Hurricane Maria
More Resources to #helpHouston
Houstonharveyrescue.com is a volunteer-run database of both people needing rescue as well as rescuers. The site makes it possible to search for someone by rescue ID or to notify the site to add people.
Twitter is useful for finding people from Houston and other areas needing urgent help. Useful
More Resources to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma - Rescue & Relief Information Network - a Facebook group to find help for rescue and relief and share information for others