5 (Easy) Ways to Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico


Getting access to basic essentials is the difference between life and death for Hurricane Maria survivors. Puerto Rico’s power grid has been knocked out by the storm, and officials say that it could take up to six months for electricity to be restored. Food, water, medicine and other daily essentials are unreachable –  Puerto Rico needs our help. Here are five trusted charities and organizations that you can donate to in order to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

  1. “Mi Gente”

Beyoncé added a feature on the song “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William, and will be donating all proceeds from the record to relief efforts in Mexico and the Caribbean. Every download means a song for you and help for someone in need. “Mi Gente” can be found on Tidal and Apple Music. Visit Beyonce.com for more information.

2. United for Puerto Rico

D.C. area volunteers are having a collection drive on behalf of United for Puerto Rico, an initiative started by the First Lady of Puerto Rico to help the island recover. They are accepting bottled water, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, canned and dry foods, pillows, blankets and other daily essentials. You can drop off donations at 1031 N. Vermont Street in Arlington, Virginia or donate online.

3. Carmelo Anthony’s YouCaring campaign

NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony is trying to raise one million dollars for Puerto Rico. His YouCaring campaign has raised more than $300,000 so far, but still has a long way to go. If you can’t donate your time, a generous (and tax-deductible) donation can go a long way.

4. Hurricane Relief Love Project

Arts and crafts lovers will be happy to find the Hurricane Relief Project. You can sew drawstring backpacks that will be filled with relief supplies and sent to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands,  St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Dominica. The free event will be is hosted by Sip and Sew Old Town on Oct. 22 in Alexandria, Virginia. You can register on Eventbrite.

5. The Davenport Coffee Lounge

You don’t have to leave campus to help Puerto Rico. The Dav last week introduced The Resilient Tea, a specialty mango tea drink that will be served through the first week of November. All proceeds from the beverage will benefit United for Puerto Rico. The small drink is $3, the large is $4 and the iced version of the tea costs $4.50.