Boston – Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico/Massachusetts Unido por Puerto Rico today announced it had approved more than $1 million to grassroots organizations in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico, the latest in what will be an ongoing effort to support relief, reconstruction and relocation efforts through 2018.
The grants announced today comprise $1,005,000 in funding to 40 organizations. 27 organizations, receiving a combined $740,000, are focused on grassroots relief and reconstruction in Puerto Rico. The remaining $265,000 is focused on 13 organizations that provide frontline support for families and individuals displaced from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts.
“We are pleased to be getting more than a million dollars out to organizations that are working on the ground to help people in Puerto Rico and here in Massachusetts,” said Juan Carlos Morales, co-chair of Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico. “This is just the first stage of a long-term effort to meet the long-term needs of those displaced from the island and of those who are working in Puerto Rico to return life there to normal.”
Relocation-related funds distributed throughout Massachusetts
The largest share of the $265,000 approved in relocation-related grants are earmarked for organizations serving the influx of families from Puerto Rico in Western Massachusetts. The largest relocation grants include a $40,000 grant to Enlace de Familias in Holyoke and $35,000 to the New North Citizens’ Council in Springfield, which are working to assist the thousands of Puerto Ricans who have arrived in the Pioneer Valley over the past three months. Providence Ministries of Holyoke ($20,000), the Family Resource Center of Springfield ($15,000) and Behavioral Health Network of Holyoke ($8,000) are also receiving grants.
In Greater Boston, four organizations are receiving $20,000 each: The Home for Little Wanderers, Chelsea Collaborative, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción and Sociedad Latina.
Other grants seek to support relocation agencies include $30,000 to the United Way of Central Massachusetts (Worcester), $25,000 to the United Way of Greater New Bedford, $7,000 to the Wayside-Framingham Family Resource Center and $5,000 to Family Services of the Merrimack Valley in Lawrence.
“Western Massachusetts has received the largest share of the estimated 5,000 Puerto Ricans arriving in the Commonwealth since Maria, so it’s only sensible that we should direct the largest share of support there,” said Fund co-chair Aixa Beauchamp. “People from across Massachusetts have donated to support this effort, and as new families arrive, we will the support organizations who are helping them no matter where they are in the Commonwealth.”
Fundraising tops $3 million for relief, recovery, and relocation, combining small and leadership donations
More than 1,800 individuals have made credit card donations to Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico since its launch, totaling more than $300,000 in small gifts. In addition, thousands of other people have made small donations at fundraisers and other events across the state to benefit the fund.
In all, the Fund to date has received just over $3 million in grants and pledges, with more donations urged and expected in the coming months. Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico would like to recognize leadership gifts from the Walton Family Foundation, the MassMutual Foundation, Steward Healthcare, the Clippership Foundation, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and many others, for bolstering the amounts available for recovery and relocation efforts.
New grants target grassroots relief efforts across Puerto Rico
Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico is continuing to find and support organizations throughout Puerto Rico that are meeting the emergency needs of thousands on the island, providing much needed project and general operating support to a roster of nearly three dozen organizations. Many of the organizations on the docket provide critical health, food, and mental health support to the island’s most vulnerable populations: youth, the elderly, the homeless, and other disengaged and disenfranchised organizations.
“This docket is the result of an unmatched combination of generosity, partnerships, and weeks of diligent research to identify and connect with grassroots organizations across the island – many of whom have been doing their critical work under unimaginably difficult circumstances,” said Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, co-chair of the Fund. “These organizations are quite literally saving lives every day.
Grants listed below include the grant award amount, the home office location of the grantee and a brief description of their area of focus. All grants are for general operating support unless otherwise specified.
Puerto Rico grantees
|Agua Sol y Sereno||San Juan||Mental health and community services||$20,000**|
|Albizu University||San Juan/Mayaguez||Mental health services||$40,000|
|Andanza||San Juan||Mental health and community services||$20,000**|
|Aspira Inc. de Puerto Rico||Carolina/Mayaguez||Education, poverty reduction||$20,000|
|Banco de Alimentos||Bayamon||Food bank||$40,000|
|Centros sor Isolina Ferré, Inc.||Coamo||Targeted education programs||$25,000|
|Centros sor Isolina Ferré, Inc.||Ponce/Caimito||Education, training programs||$20,000|
|Consejo Renal de Puerto Rico||San Juan/islandwide||Dialysis services and support||$25,000|
|Conservatorio de Artes de Caribe||San Juan||Mental health and community services||$25,000|
|Corporacion Milagro de Amor||Caguas||Basic needs, elder support||$30,000|
|Corporacion Pinones se Integra||Loiza||Basic needs, arts||$15,000|
|El Instituto Tercera Mission (IM3)||San Juan||Community services evaluation||$20,000|
|El Museo de Arte Contemporaneo||San Juan||Mental health and community services||$20,000**|
|Fundacion Casa Cortes||San Juan||Mental health and community services||$25,000|
|Fundacion Hospital Pediatrico||San Juan||Pediatric hospital||$25,000|
|Fundacion Musica & Pais||Loiza||Mental health and community services||$20,000**|
|Iniciativa Comuntaria de Investigacion||San Juan||Critical care for high-risk, disengaged||$40,000|
|Instituto Desarrollo Juventud||San Juan||Advocacy for youth||$50,000*|
|Instituto Nueva Escuela||Islandwide||Education network||$40,000|
|Jovenes En Riesgo||Loiza||Youth, mental health||$35,000|
|La Fondita de Jesus||San Juan||Food, health services targeting at-risk elders||$30,000|
|Nuestra Escuela||Caguas/Loiza||Education, emergency aid||$20,000|
|Orfeon San Juan Bautista||San Juan||Mental health and community services||$25,000|
|Proyecto De Educación Comunal De Entrega (PECES)||Humacao||Emergency aid, education of at-risk youth||$20,000|
|Proyecto Nacer||Bayamon||Education, support for at-risk mothers||$20,000|
|Proyecto Nueva Esperanza||San Antonio||Food, case management for at-risk elders||$30,000|
|Salud Integral en la Montaña||Naranjito/Toa Alta||Rural health services||$25,000|
|University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy||San Juan/rural areas||Rural health services||$15,000|
* $25,000 of the $50,000 is in form of a 1:1 fundraising challenge grant
** These grants qualify for a 1:1 match from Fundacion de Banco Popular
|Enlace de Familias||Holyoke||$40,000|
|New North Citizens’ Council||Springfield||$35,000||
|United Way of Central Mass.||Worcester||$30,000||
|United Way of Greater New Bedford||New Bedford||$25,000||
|Home for Little Wanderers||Boston||$20,000||
|Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion||Boston||$20,000||
|Family Resource Center of Springfield||Springfield||$15,000||
|Behavioral Health Network||Holyoke||$8,000||
|Wayside-Framingham Family Resource Center||Framingham||$7,000||
|Family Services of the Merrimack Valley||Lawrence||$5,000||
To learn more and for the latest information about Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico/Massachusetts Unido por Puerto Rico, visit tbf.org/puertorico.