Top Ten Hurricane Relief Charities

Top Ten Hurricane Relief Charities
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The past few weeks have seen hurricanes Irma and Maria sweep across the Caribbean and countless communities in their paths have been left devastated by the destruction. In case you missed it, here is a rundown of some affected communities:

The island community of Barbuda was left uninhabitable following Hurricane Irma, with significant damage to 95% of all structures.

– Parts of Puerto Rico were left destroyed and without power following Hurricane Irma

– After Hurricane Maria, Dominica was labeled by the United Nations as an “international humanitarian emergency”, with its capital city, Roseau, left in ruins.

– Hurricane Maria and its effects have also ravaged Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million American citizens.

– At the time this article was published, in Puerto Rico, 95% of the island has no power, 95% has no cell service, and 42% is without clean water.

We all want to help, and we know you want to be sure the help is actually getting there, so we’ve come up with a list of the top ten Hurricane Relief Charities.  Each organization has high levels of transparency and excellent reviews, ensuring your donation will do the most good.

1. ShelterBox USA

Photo by ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox is cool because they provide a full kit containing everything a family needs in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Kits include the SchoolPack for students, SchoolBox for teachers to run their classroom, ShelterKit for families to begin rebuilding their homes, and ShelterBox. The ShelterBox itself is a “sturdy green box” that includes a family-sized tent, tools to begin rebuilding, cooking utensils, blankets, solar lights, and more depending on what is needed. A donation to ShelterBox for Hurricane Irma relief goes toward sending these kits to affected parts of the Caribbean. Excess donations go toward other disaster relief efforts worldwide.

Charity Navigator rating: 4/4

Option to volunteer: Yes

Website: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

2. Hispanic Federation

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Hispanic Federation is one of the largest Latino organizations in the US, focusing on education, health, immigration, environmental issues, civic engagement, and economic empowerment. Following Hurricane Maria and the earthquake in Mexico, Hispanic Federation launched ‘UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund’ to respond to all aid requests. One hundred percent of a donation to Hispanic Federation goes toward helping families and children in Puerto Rico recover from the hurricane.

Charity Navigator score: 4/4

Option to volunteer: Yes

Website: http://hispanicfederation.org/

3. Official Barbuda Relief Fund

Top Ten Hurricane Relief Charities
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The Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda has set up a GoFundMe page to help rebuild the island of Barbuda by sending food, water, medicine, beds, hygiene products, clothing, baby formula, building supplies, and other basic necessities. All donations will go toward the shipment of material supplies for the people of Barbuda.

Charity Navigator score: N/A

Option to volunteer: No

Website: https://www.gofundme.com/officialbarbuda

4. Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

Top Ten Hurricane Relief Charities
Phoot by Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund is an initiative by the government of Dominica to help rebuild the island community. This organization has options to donate money or material goods. Some goods needed include roofing materials, water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and communication kits. You can find a complete list on their website. Monetary donations go toward supplying short-term shelters and equipment to the people of Dominica.

Charity Navigator score: N/A

Option to volunteer: No

Website: http://dominicarelief.org/

5. All Hands Volunteers

Hurricane Relief Charities
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Powered by volunteers, this organization adapts their approach depending on the situation on the ground, making each relief effort tailored to best benefit the community in need. All Hands also works alongside local actors to help come up with the long-term solutions. One hundred percent of a donation to All Hands Volunteers will go toward the recovery process in the US Virgin Islands or Florida following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Charity Navigator score: 4/4

Option to volunteer: Yes.

Website: https://www.hands.org/

6. Friends of Puerto Rico

Hurricane Relief Charities
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Friends of Puerto Rico works to support the people of Puerto Rico by supporting local organizations in the areas of education, art, and entrepreneurship. A donation to Friends of Puerto Rico goes toward rebuilding the island and funding community Boys and Girls Clubs. All money will go toward sending supplies to these centers for people to pick up.

Charity Navigator score: N/A

Option to volunteer: Yes

Website: http://www.friendsofpuertorico.org/

7. ‘Unidos Por Puerto Rico’

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Photo by Seattle Parks

This campaign was started by the first lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosello, to support the island in its recovery following both hurricanes. ‘Unidos Por Puerto Rico’ is partnered with many private sector companies working together to provide aid to the island’s citizens. A donation to ‘Unidos Por Puerto Rico’ will help in these efforts.

Charity Navigator score: N/A

Option to volunteer: No

Website: http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

8. Direct Relief

Hurricane Relief Charities
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Direct Relief is a US-based organization committed to breaking the cyclical relationship between poverty and sickness by supporting and assisting local health organizations. They focus on maternal and child health, disease prevention and treatment, emergency preparedness and response, and health systems. When you donate to Direct Relief, that donation will help support existing health clinics and organizations, as well as facilitate the transportation of medications to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. For Hurricane Irma relief, a donation with Direct Relief sends medical aid to Anguilla, St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Charity Navigator score: 4/4

Option to volunteer: Yes.

Website: https://www.directrelief.org/

9. MAP International

Hurricane
Photo by MAP International

MAP International works to provide medical aid to those in need and works quickly to provide disaster relief. MAP International’s main efforts include supplying medicines and medical supplies, community health development, disaster relief aid, disease prevention, hygiene, and water sanitation.  A donation to MAP International goes toward sending medicines and medical equipment to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the southern United States for Hurricane Irma relief, or to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria relief.

Charity Navigator score: 4/4

Option to volunteer: Yes.

Website: https://www.map.org/

10. Operation USA

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Photo by Operation USA

Operation USA is a disaster relief and development agency that works around the world in the wake of a disaster, and to combat poverty. They send material aid in the form of medical supplies, medicines, vitamins, energy, and shelter material after a disaster. When you donate to Hurricane Maria efforts, your donation goes toward sending material aid to Puerto Rico. When you donate to  Hurricane Irma efforts, your donation goes toward sending material aid to various communities in the Caribbean.

Charity Navigator score: 4/4

Option to volunteer: No

Website: http://www.opusa.org/

Please consider helping in the relief efforts by donating to one of these great organizations, or to one of the many other organizations not listed here.

 

Rebecca is a recent DC college grad who left the city of eternal brunch for the city of eternal spring to become a content writer at AllTheRooms in Medellin, Colombia. Likes include puppies, hiking, books, and fighting injustice. Dislikes include spiders.

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