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Support for Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria and the Earthquakes in Mexico

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Support for Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria and the Earthquakes in Mexico

The recent succession of catastrophic natural disasters in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominica and so many other Caribbean Islands brings home once again that we as a College community are an international community.  Our students, faculty, staff, our families, our friends and our neighbors have been hit hard.  What follows is a partial list of organizations working in these areas that can use your help.   In addition, Charity Navigator has pages dedicated to these areas.

The Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Florida: Hurricanes Maria and Irma

City College of New York students have also come together to organize a collection drive for hurricane Maria victims in the NAC Rotunda.

  • The American Federation of Teachers Disaster Relief Fund is collecting funds for the 2017 Hurricane season, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and more. These efforts will support members across Florida and the Caribbean.
  • American Red Cross: Usually the first group people think of when giving after a disaster.  It is active in Mexico and Texas as well.  You can select a specific program for your donation. (3/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • ConPRmetidos: The Puerto Rican organization focused on public-private partnership is aiming to raise $150,000 for relief and recovery.
  • The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster.
  • Global Giving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • The Hispanic Federation has launched the UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to help meet hurricane and earthquake-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
  • The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund is housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).
  • The Mayor’s Fund is directing donations to critical relief efforts for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
  • Oxfam: The nonprofit is focusing its efforts on the Caribbean islands that were devastated by Irma. (3/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Salvation Army: The Christian charity is emphasizing its intentions to help with long-term recovery.
  • South Florida Wildlife Center: The group is centering its efforts on animals affected by the storm.
  • United Way of Miami-Dade: One of the major local nonprofits that will be working on Irma recovery.
  • Volunteer Florida: The state-based group is accepting volunteers and donations.

Mexico

  • International Community Foundation: This charity normally does a lot of work in Mexico, and is raising money for earthquake relief in a number of different areas in Mexico impacted by the two earthquakes that hit. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Oxfam Mexico: The nonprofit is focusing its efforts on relief after the Mexico earthquakes. (3/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Red Cross Mexico: Usually the first group people think of when giving after a disaster. You can donate to the victims of Mexico City quake, as well as the victims of the Chiapas and Oaxaca earthquakes.
  • #StayStrongMexicoNYC is a collective effort created by universities in New York City to respond to the needs of Mexico through fundraising events and aid collections.
  • UNICEF Mexico: The United Nations Children's Fund specifically works to support children impacted by natural disasters, including building “child-friendly spaces” after disaster strikes. (3/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)

Texas: Hurricane Harvey

  • All Hands: This nonprofit has staff on the ground in Texas and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others in Texas. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Global Giving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
  • Greater Houston Community Fund: A broad-based relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
  • Houston Humane Society: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area.
  • Portlight: A disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with disabilities. It is seeking to help affected people with evacuation and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and more.
  • Salvation Army: The Christian charity is emphasizing its intentions to help with long-term recovery in Houston.