Puerto Rico: Massachusetts Steps Up to Help

Looking for a way to help Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria?  Massachusetts is stepping up to help those affected – read on to learn how you can help too.

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Following the impact of Hurricane Maria, Massachusetts is working to assist with a variety of resources for the island of Puerto Rico, as well as those who may self-evacuate to the Commonwealth.  The Baker-Polito administration formed a task force to identify needs and resources ranging from deploying goods and personnel to the island, to organizing resources to welcome evacuees who arrive here.  Governor Baker has mobilized the Massachusetts National Guard and law enforcement officers to deploy to Puerto Rico, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is coordinating donations of goods and funds to support Puerto Ricans affected by the disaster.

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Volunteer: To support the needs for basic goods, MEMA is setting up warehouse managed by National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active Disaster) member, ACS Disaster Services.  The warehouse, located in Worcester, is seeking volunteers to assist with sorting and packing donations that will be shipped to Puerto Rico.  Volunteers are needed weekdays through October 20, between the hours of 9am-5pm.  Shuttle service from Worcester Union Station will be provided in the mornings, and back to the station in the afternoon.  For more information, and to sign up, visit Boston Cares.

Give: To coordinate financial giving for Puerto Rico, the Baker-Polito administrational partnership with the City of Boston, and the Boston Foundation, Massachusetts has established a fund to support the needs of Puerto Rico – the Massachusetts United For Puerto Rico Fund is accepting donations and will designate funds for the reconstruction and relief of the island, as well as to support those that self-evacuate here.

For more information on Massachusetts support for Puerto Rico, visit: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-emergency-management-agency