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By Mahita Gajanan
September 26, 2017
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort is seen as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Dorado del Mar Beach Resort is seen as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
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Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico last week, leaving more than 3.4 million people without power for what could be more than a month. The Category 4 storm slammed into Puerto Rico just days after Hurricane Irma hit the island, putting the United States territory in a dire situation. At least 16 people have died as a result of Hurricane Maria, the Associated Press reports, in a death toll that is expected to rise.

Puerto Rico will receive some federal funds to help in the cleanup and repair process. But there are several other ways to help those who live on the island, including donating money and volunteering. Here’s how you can help.

Charities

At least a dozen charities have campaigns underway to help out victims of Hurricane Maria. Most are requesting cash donations so they can more efficiently send help where needed. Check out the charities below for details on how to donate.

Catholic Relief Services

UNICEF

United for Puerto Rico

Center for Popular Democracy

Hispanic Federation

One America Appeal

All Hands Volunteers

Save the Children

Direct Relief

Americares

Global Giving

GoFundMe

Volunteer

Puerto Rico’s public officials and disaster relief organizations are still surveying the damage to pinpoint which areas need help. Sign up with Puerto Rico VOAD to be contacted about volunteer opportunities once needs are determined.

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