Donate to Google’s effort to aid charities that help Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, and the company will match it up to $2 million.
When Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, it utterly devastated the island of Puerto Rico. It destroyed a huge number of homes, it took out the power grid, and it was deadly–killing many more than the official government tally reflects.
The 2018 hurricane season started on June 1, and Puerto Rico is still nowhere near whole.
On June 8, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has Puerto Rican ancestry and tirelessly advocated for the island even before Hurricane Maria, tweeted about a fresh effort to help:
Okay, here’s the deal: You give whatever you can spare.
@Google‘s gonna match ALL YOUR donations up to $2 Million. It ALL goes to recovery relief for small businesses in Puerto Rico, via @hispanicfed & @mercycorps Presente? Presente.
The link led to a Google webpage with the title, Together, We Can Help Puerto Rico Recover, and a donate button at the top right:
The two main beneficiaries are Mercy Corps, which has worked with José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen to feed island residents, and the Hispanic Federation, which through its UNIDOS program has distributed funds to as many as 70 island non-profits. Both organizations have done much more to help Puerto Rico than what’s described here; scroll down for individual information on each.
There’s no limit on the number of donations you can make, but Google will stop matching after the $2 million mark is reached. If you scroll down on the main page, you’ll see a FAQ that should cover most questions you’re likely to have.
Here, again, is the main webpage for the Google effort for Puerto Rico:
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Here’s the main website for Mercy Corps:
Here’s Mercy Corps’s page on its efforts in Puerto Rico:
Here’s its story about working with José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen:
Like Mercy Corps on Facebook:
Follow it on Twitter:
See the Hispanic Federation’s page on the UNIDOS program for Puerto Rico:
Like the Hispanic Federation on Facebook:
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Follow Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter:
Read stories about Puerto Rico, nine months out from Hurricane Maria:
Read the original New England Journal of Medicine story that estimates that 70 times more Puerto Ricans died in and from Hurricane Maria than the official government estimate of 64:
Also read a June 1, 2018 Washington Post story that clarifies and provides nuance about the estimated death toll: