Supporting Puerto Rico
Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico in September 20, 2017. Total losses from the hurricane are estimated at upwards of $91.61 billion (2017 USD), mostly in Puerto Rico, ranking it as the third-costliest tropical cyclone on record.
The Collegiate Church of New York made an initial donation of $10,000 to help the people of Puerto Rico with water filtration, and pledged to match each dollar Middle Church raised up to an additional $15,000. Thanks to your generosity, we met and surpassed our goal for a total of $24,820.78, bringing the overall total in matched and raised funds with The Collegiate Church to $49,820.78 as of March 1, 2018.
Since our initial efforts began in October after the storm, a number of initiatives were undertaken to help fundraise and advocate for rebuilding Puerto Rico. Some of these initiatives are still ongoing. Read below for more updates on Puerto Rico in three specific areas:
Update (March 11, 2018)
Edna Benitez, Michael Weiner, and Jorge Fontanez, members of the Puerto Rico Task Force gave a presentation at Middle Church to congregants, giving updates on solar panel efforts and other updates from Puerto Rico.