LULAC Establishes the Puerto Rico Relief Fund in the Aftermath of the Devastating Hurricane Fiona

The Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization, with Over 4,000 Members on the Island of Puerto Rico, is Asking for Donations for its Relief Efforts

Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is assisting in the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, including food distribution for the hundreds of thousands of residents still without power and water. LULAC is asking for donations to the LULAC Puerto Rico Relief Fund because together we can make a greater impact and help the people of Puerto Rico rebuild their lives.

As a 501c3, 100% of the contributions are charitable and will go to support those affected by Hurricane Fiona. All donations can be made here: lulac.org/prrelieffund/

The following LULAC leaders issued statements regarding Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico:

“Our second largest cohort of LULAC members are on the island of Puerto Rico so Hurricane Fiona’s devasting impact hit LULAC personally,” said Sindy Benavides, LULAC CEO. “We hope the funds we raise will go to those who need it most as thousands of people have lost their homes and hundreds of thousands continue to be without power and water.”

“It pains us in LULAC Puerto Rico to see our people struggling to rebuild their lives, some of which lost everything. We hope that by organizing this fundraiser we can contribute to helping the impacted families get back on their feet,” said Elsie Valdés Ramos, LULAC National Vice-President for Women. “We are also so grateful to our partner Chef Iván Clemente of the non-profit Comedor de la Kennedy, and the LULACers in Puerto Rico helping him with food distribution for the people most in need.”

“We are grateful to LULAC Puerto Rico for mobilizing and helping with rescue efforts and now food distribution on the island,” said Ivonne Quiñones Lanzó, LULAC National Vice President for the Southeast, who resides in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. “Even a little donation goes a long way so we encourage anyone who can, to please help the people of Puerto Rico rebuild their lives. Most people have not been able to return to work and haven’t been able to earn money to care for their families since the storm hit.”

“Authorities are still trying to reach the most remote places in the aftermath of the storm, so the full extent of the damage is still unknown,” said Carlos Fajardo, LULAC State Director for Puerto Rico. “What we do know is that people are going to need a lot of monetary help to get back on their feet. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable are always the ones most impacted by severe weather here.”

About LULAC

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington D.C., with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information visit www.LULAC.org

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