Estoy Con Puerto Rico

This call to action raised approximately, $15,000.

The following organizations received donations in April of 2020:

  • Ministerio Buen Samaritano Marc        $3,000             Food

  • Mesón del Amor                                    $2,000             Food

  • Puerto Rico Somos Gente                    $3,000             Emergency backpack/supplies (200 seniors)

 

The remainder of the funds will be awarded in November 2020 to health organizations in Puerto Rico to aid with the Coronavirus pandemic.

SUMMARY REPORT
SEPTEMBER 2017 – SEPTEMBER 2019

(Released in May 2020, for complete report please click here.)

Over two years ago, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane María.  It was a crippling blow to the island.  From the very beginning, Comité Noviembre, worked quickly and diligently to provide assistance directly to nonprofit and business organizations in Puerto Rico at the grassroots level.

On September 28, 2017, Estoy Con Puerto Rico, (I am with Puerto Rico), a hurricane relief effort was launched by Comité Noviembre and its consortium of Puerto Rican leaders, organizations, business partners and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York which served as fiscal conduit for this effort.

The Estoy Con Puerto Rico effort raised over half a million dollars and has provided much needed aid and services directly to over 70 nonprofit organizations and small businesses throughout the island.  These organizations deal with issues ranging from health and mental health, education, solar energy, water shed projects, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, suicide prevention and many basic human need services.  Grants were also awarded to 44 small businesses and micro-enterprises to stimulate the economy.

PROCESS

Comité Noviembre selected organizations from proposals received from organizations and businesses from the island and determined the amount of donations.  The contributions were made in 7 waves of funding over a 24-month period November 2017 to September 2019.

In the first few waves of funding the contributions were distributed by devastation of area, loss of home/property, health issues and for basic human necessities.   As the need in Puerto Rico changed to rebuilding and long-term solutions the Estoy Con Puerto Rico effort focused on organizations that were creating long term solutions in solar energy, water purification systems and health and mental health issues surfacing from post Hurricane Maria trauma.  Additionally, the effort focused on stimulating the economy by funding non-traditional jobs for women, agricultural micro-enterprises and cultural and artisanal collectives.

Each of the organizations and businesses funded by the Estoy Con Puerto Rico effort provided proof of nonprofit status or business registration certificate, as well as a full written report on what contributions were used for and the impact it had on the community.

IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS

  • The Estoy effort has funded 114 initiatives that have impacted 50% of the island.

  • Aid and services were provided directly to over 70 nonprofit organizations and 44 small businesses/micro-enterprises throughout the island.

  • 38 towns out of the 78 towns of Puerto Rico were reached: Adjuntas, Aguada, Aguadilla, Aguas Buenas, Aibonito, Añasco, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Bayamón, Caguas, Cayey, Cidra, Comerío, Culebra, Dorado, Fajardo, Guánica, Guayama, Guaynabo, Humacao, Las Piedras, Loíza, Manatí, Mayaguez, Morovis, Naguabo, Orocovis, Ponce, San Juan, San Lorenzo, San Sebastian, Toa Alta, Trujillo Alto, Utuado, Vieques, Villaba, Yabucoa, and Yauco.

  • Twenty-three initiatives impacting all of the island.

  • Program areas funded included education, social services, the elderly, health and mental health, food insecurity, children and families, the environment, small businesses and micro-enterprises.

 

Individuals Served

  • Over 122,000 individuals were served by the Estoy Con Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Effort.

    • 51,325 individuals received non-perishable food as well as cooked meals and water.

    • 31,000 received assistance for youth educational programs and materials

    • 28,000 people received health and mental health services

    • 6,755 people received housing assistance.

 

Breakdown of funds raised by program area

  • 18% Hunger/Food insecurity                                   $79,354

  • 16% Health& Mental Health Services                     $66,000

  • 15% Small Businesses/micro enterprises               $60,392

  • 13% Social Services                                                  $57,181**

          (**Includes services to elderly, children & families)

  • 13% Education                                                           $56,486

  • 9% Children & Youth                                                $38,500

  • 6% Elderly Services                                                  $25,642

  • 3% Cultural                                                                 $13,800

  • 3% Housing                                                                $13,302

  • 2% Women Services                                                 $10,000

  • 2% Environment                                                         $9,500

  • .003 Animal Services                                                 $1,500

                                                Total    100%                      $431,657

TO DONATE TO ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO:

Go to our Donate page and follow instructions on how to donate by Check, Money Order, PayPal, or Electronic Transfer.

 

TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE DIRECTORY OF ESTOY CON PUERTO FUNDED ORGANIZATIONS AND SMALL BUSINESSES: 

Click on the directory above for a list of all of the non-profit organizations. Please feel free to contact us to get information on any of the organizations listed. You can donate directly to these organizations or send Comité Noviembre the donation and we will continue to make sure that aid is sent where it is needed.

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ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO CONTINUES ITS HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

 

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Comité Noviembre and its partners re-instated the Estoy Con Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Effort to raise funds to assist families affected by the earthquakes through non-profit organizations working directly with the community in the Southern region of Puerto Rico.  The earthquakes further weakened the already fragile infrastructure of the island. Ten months later there continues to be great fear of more building collapses, personal and property safety, food and water insecurity and electrical outages throughout the island. 

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