Providence encourages residents to support communities impacted by natural disasters

City of Providence Encourages Residents to Support Communities Impacted by Natural Disasters 

Providence, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the Providence City Council Thursday outlined support opportunities for local residents and organizations interested in assisting communities affected by recent natural disasters including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. In accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) guidance, residents and business members are encouraged to send support to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations as the most effective way to support disaster survivors. 

“It is a moral obligation to help those in need,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Every dollar contributed to these efforts will help ease the burden and allow folks to return to their normal lives. I encourage Providence residents to be part of the relief and consider making a contribution.”

“Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are suffering right now,” said Acting City Council President Sabina Matos. “We ask the residents of Providence to donate to these credible organizations that are providing relief to the island.”

Monetary donations provide agencies greater flexibility to address immediate needs with direct services, supplies and staffing. Charitable options include:

•    The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers community members several options to donate to any of the regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

•    The Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund 
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

•    The United Way Harvey Recovery Fund
The United Way Harvey Recovery Fund supports local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The national fund will complement efforts by local United Ways and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas. 

•    United for Puerto Rico, Unidos por Puerto Rico
Led by First Lady of Puerto Rico Beatriz Rosselló, the United for Puerto Rico initiative is in collaboration with private sector sponsors and looks to provide aid to those on the island affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

•    Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund
The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will give 100% of money raised to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico. The Fund is governed by local, grassroots organizations.

•    UNICEF's Earthquake Relief Efforts in Mexico
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF helps ensure that affected children and families can get clean water, that there are safe spaces for children, that education and health services can continue, and that basic humanitarian supplies are distributed.

The announcement follows support from the Administration and City Council in community-led relief efforts that transpired in the days and weeks following the natural disasters.

Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 with any questions on the coordinated support efforts. Providence residents and business owners are encouraged to register for the CodeRED emergency notification system to receive weather and emergency updates locally. 

(release from City of Providence) 

The CW