How to help Tampa Bay efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona

Five years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, another storm hit Puerto Rico.

Earlier this week, Hurricane Fiona made landfall, dumping more than 2 feet of water on the island and inundating homes and farmland.

Since then, local groups have mobilized to bring aid to Puerto Rico. Here are some ways to help.

Related: Tampa’s Puerto Rican community responds to Fiona

1. Somos Puerto Rico Tampa

About this organization: It was founded by Puerto Ricans in Tampa after Hurricane Maria. For the past five years, the organization has worked to coordinate relief efforts for the people of the island and to support those who migrated to Florida after a natural disaster. The organization is currently accepting donations through an online fundraiser, with the goal of providing survivors with food, water and solar-powered lanterns.

Link to fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ayuda-para-pr-huracn-fiona

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/somospuertoricotampa

2. Boricuas de Corazon

About this organization: Provides disaster relief and accepts both cash donations and material goods. Currently, the organization is looking for medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches), diapers, over-the-counter medicines and bathroom items, senior diapers, and basic hygiene kits.

Link to fundraiser: https://www.boricuasdecorazoninc.com/donations

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/Boricuasdecorazoninc/

3. Climbs in Puerto Rico, Florida

About this organization: Founded by Puerto Ricans living in the United States mainland with the aim of assisting mainland people and those who have migrated due to natural disasters or violence.

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Link to fundraiser: https://prrises.org/index.html

Learn more: https://www.prrises.org/ourmission.html

4. Mujeres Restauradas Por Dios

About this organization: This Tampa organization supports women and survivors of domestic violence by providing shelters, a pantry and crisis support services. After Hurricane Maria, this organization worked to support survivors who emigrated to the US mainland after the storm and plays a key role in helping people evacuated after natural disasters.

To support the organization: https://www.facebook.com/MujeresRDios/

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5. Neighbors 4 neighbors

About this organization: Based in South Florida, this organization was formed after Hurricane Andrew 30 years ago. It is a member of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and works to provide relief to communities affected by disasters, including Puerto Rico.

Link to fundraiser: https://neighbors4neighbors.org/fiona

Learn more: https://neighbors4neighbors.org/about

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