Natural Disasters Hitting a little too close to home

Sorry for the delay in posting. Due to Irma, the team was out of power, some of us for a full week. Most importantly though, we are fine and safe.

Others were not that lucky. Some families and/or (neighbors) were without power for double that, and the process seems to be on-going as of 6 days ago (source). As frustrating as all of that was… nothing compares to the devastation that has occurred throughout the coasts, and Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and heck even Mexico now.

The amount of relief we are coming across is quite inspiring though. We knew we would have a list of Support to include, but didn’t expect this. People from all over the world are coming together to help others in time of need.

We would not normally post something like this, but with the amount of natural disasters are crazy and the amount of support is overwhelming. Wapu.us is not affiliated with any of these organizations. This is a list based on our own research over a couple hours.

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Disaster Support

Texas Click here for list of orgs fundraising
Florida Click here for list of orgs fundraising
Puerto Rico Click here for list of orgs fundraising
Mexico City Click here for list of orgs fundraising

List of organizations fundraising for Texas.

  • Huge list of Harvey relief funds
  • GoFundMe Harvey
  • FEMA : HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS
  • Thirsty Ground International
    • Texas-based Christian relief group, created in 2013 to respond to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. In contact with several area churches in affected parts of Houston, and are receiving direct appeals for help from many people in the community. Hope to deliver donated relief goods, recover/rebuild destroyed homes, and provide water filters.
    • Click here to donate
  • Boots on the Ground
    • A nonprofit corporation operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and humanitarian purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code. We are registered with the Secretary of State of Oklahoma to solicit charitable donations.
    • Click here to donate
  • Poured-Out
    • Connecting people and resources to those in need after a natural disaster
    • Currently deployed in Texas and Florida; Click here to see more.
    • Offering training for groups to become early responders
    • 100% Of Public Donations Go Toward Funding Projects
    • Click here to donate
  • Rebuild Texas
    • The Rebuild Texas Fund is about people helping people in our time of greatest need, and also about addressing the long-term effort ahead of us.
    • “Rebuilding our communities across Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey will take all of us working together for years to come. We invite all of you to join us with your resources and your expertise. We’re in this together.”
    • The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation, is leading the charge to raise $100 million for the Rebuild Texas Fund.
    • Click here to donate

List of organizations fundraising for Florida.

  • GoFundMe for Hurricanes
  • GlobalGiving Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
    • This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.
    • All donations to this fund will exclusively support any necessary relief and recovery efforts from this storm in the US and Caribbean.
    • Click here to donate
  • United Way Hurricane Relief Fund
    • 100% of donations to the Relief Fund will directly help Orange, Seminole and Osceola County residents recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
    • Click here to donate
  • Tampa Bay Lightning Hurricane Relief Fund
    • The Lightning Foundation is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
    • Click here to donate now

List of organizations fundraising for Puerto Rico.

The island is 100% without power and could be months before power it’s fully restored.

  • United for Puerto Rico – PRFAA
    • All funds donated go directly to help Puerto Rican citizens rebuild their homes; focusing on necessary construction materials. They also provide the labor which is 100% volunteers. The organization is working with Microsoft and Evertec Inc. to establish a platform to track how the organization spends its funds.
    • Developed by the office of the First Lady Beatriz Rossello. Promoted by the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. (presentation)
    • Click here to donate
  • University of PR Alumni and Friends Abroad – UPRAA
    • A Disaster Relief Fund for Puerto Rico to offer all alumni and Friends Abroad an opportunity to donate.
    • All funds collected will be sent to the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration’s United for Puerto Rico relief efforts.
    • Click here to donate
  • Center for a New Economy
    • The Center for a New Economy (CNE) is an independent, non-partisan think-tank that advocates for the development of a new economy for Puerto Rico.
    • Click here to donate
  • Ricky Martin for Puerto Rico
    • A page created by Ricky Martin to collect funds to provide the basic needs and help rebuild.
    • “Dear friends, Puerto Rico is going through one of the toughest times in history, and the island desperately need us. Hurricane Maria left devastating damage leaving thousands of people affected.  For this reason, I decided to create this page to collect funds to provide the basic needs and rebuild all that was lost. My donation of $100,000 is already in, and I know I can count on your support. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your invaluable and much needed contribution. Peace, Ricky Martin”
    • Click here to donate
  • Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico
    • A fund to provide basic needs, and repair their facilities which serve as community centers for different towns.
    • Click here to donate
  • Puerto Ricans in Action
    • A growing coalition of individuals, organizations, and businesses in the greater Los Angeles Puerto Rican community coming together to offer their resources to the victims of the catastrophic Hurricane María and Irma.
    • Their campaign ends on October 7.
    • Click here to donate
  • Monica Puig
    • The Puerto Rican Olympic tennis player has started a crowdfunding campaign Help Rebuild Puerto Rico.
    • 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
    • Click here to donate
  • JJ Barea Foundation
    • An entity that was created to coordinate, and facilitate the contributions that Dallas Mavericks player José Juan Barea, and his group, manage in order to use sport as a tool for social transformation.
    • Click here to donate
  • Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico #PRxPR
    • The goal of this fund, Puerto Rico por Puerto Rico – PRxPR – is for Puerto Ricans living abroad, as well as all friends of Puerto Rico, to help rebuild our country.
    • All funds collected will go to the people affected. No overhead costs. Every dollar will be put to work.
    • Click here to donate
  • ComPRometidos – Maria & Irma: Puerto Rico Real-time Recovery Fund
    • All donations will exclusively support the victims of the catastrophic Hurricane María and Irma in Puerto Rico, and provide relief, and aid the communities affected by this disaster. The funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, shelter and water and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
    • Click here to donate
  • ConnectRelief
    • ConnectRelief.com is a virtual platform that publishes compiled data about victims after a natural disaster to facilitate efficiency in coordinating relief efforts. To the extent that the distribution of articles to victims from the collection centers progresses, the help information required to avoid duplication of effort is edited.
    • Collect and publish data about victims of natural disasters and facilitate communication and coordination of relief efforts.
    • Click here to donate
  • Friends of Puerto Rico
    • A charitable organization that launched the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund that will allow individuals to make donations to help rebuild Puerto Rico after the most devastating storm to Friends of Puerto Rico is partnering with the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club and will work with faith-based organizations to provide aid to special projects and most affected areas.
    • Certified non-profit organization by Facebook and Google. Approved by the IRS and the Government of Washington, DC.
    • Click here to donate on FB
    • Click here to donate on website
  • The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund
    • Funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working with these communities.
    • Organized by Taller Salud in Puerto Rico
    • Click here to donate
  • Convoy of Hope

These are just a handful of the opportunities to lend a hand. Click here to check out everything being organized to assist in this rough time.

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List of organizations fundraising for Mexico City.

  • Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund
    • Helps any first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, medical care and shelter; then transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding.
    • Click here to donate
  • Mexico Earthquake Children’s Relief Fund
    • Save the Children is on the ground, responding to both devastating earthquakes with child-focused disaster relief efforts.
    • Click here to donate
  • Project Paz
    • 100% of donations will go to help victims of the earthquakes in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, and Estado de Mexico.
    • Click here to donate
  • OXFAM
  • International Disaster Relief Fund
    • ICF is available to respond to natural disasters worldwide at the request of donors, partner organizations, and local grantees.
    • Currently, all contributions will aid in the recovery of the aftermath caused by the magnitude-8.1 earthquake off the coast of Chiapas on Thursday, Sept. 7th.
  • World Vision Disaster Relief Fund
    • A leader in emergency relief, with decades of experience and an established network of staff ready to respond immediately with life-saving help and supplies, and then stay long term to support families as they recover and rebuild.
    • By donating, you’ll help them respond to more than 80 disasters each year.
  • GoFundMe’s (multiple)
  • Join Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal in Supporting Mexico
  • PayPal’s Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund

It’s really encouraging to see the how people are coming together with all the help and support. We hope everyone has a safe and speedy recovery. If there is a foundation or support group you feel should be added to our lists, please let us know in the comments below.

– Wapu.us Team

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