Cooperatives in Puerto Rico Need Help
The extent of the destruction in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria is heart breaking.
Mildred Santiago, President of the Cooperative League of Puerto Rico reports that the situation is dire, "There are lines for food, gas, ice, and for taking out cash. The landscape is devastated and the mood is falling every day."
Even after the immediate needs for food, water, shelter, power and medical aid have been met, cooperative businesses on the Island will need to rebuild. Puerto Rico's vibrant and vital cooperative movement is significantly impacted by the storm's damage. In one village, flooded with seven feet of water, the local credit union is in desperate need of a generator so that the large rural population it serves can access their cash. Cooperatives also report a need for basic items like batteries, lanterns, canned food and bottled water.
Help us help hurricane-damaged cooperatives in Puerto Rico get back in operation with a donation to the CDF Disaster Recovery Fund.
Concern for Community
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents across Texas, Louisiana and Florida. The cooperative community has responded quickly and generously to the crisis. Now CDF is asking that you consider making a donation to help co-ops in Puerto Rico recover as well.
CDF will coordinate with local organizations on the island to get assistance to cooperatives in need. 100% of the donations to the CDF Cooperative Disaster Recovery Fund go to disaster recovery. CDF does not use disaster recovery funds to pay for any of its operating expenses or fund administrative costs.
Help our co-op colleagues in Puerto Rico with a donation to CDF's Disaster Recovery Fund. Donate here.
If you prefer to write a check, you can send your donation to CDF at 1775 Eye St NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20006; please note that your donation is for Hurricane Disaster Recovery.
Donations to CDF may be tax-deductible and donors of $25 or more will receive a letter of acknowledgement which can be used for tax records.
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