Groups We Support
Your donation to the Mark E. Curry Family Foundation will be matched 100%* and proceeds will be sent to the following organizations, which are providing local support to the victims of Hurricane Maria:
This initiative is spearheaded by the Office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, and a private sector group who joined forces to help those who lost their belongings during the Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Caño Martín Peña, a 3.75-mile-long tidal channel, runs through the heart of the capital city. It connects the San José Lagoon with San Juan Bay, linking lagoons, wetlands, and canals in Piñones, Loíza, and Toa Baja, where rivers meet the sea. In the beginning of the 20th century, El Caño was a unique natural area, with dense mangrove forests and great biodiversity.
Unable to support their families in the countryside, thousands of families were forced to relocate to the city in search of jobs, and began to fill in the wetlands along El Caño in order to have "land" on which to build their homes. Today, more than 26,000 residents in eight communities live along the Caño Martin Peña’s path. Flooding is very common in the area; Hurricane Maria blew the roofs off more than 800 houses and completely destroyed more than 60 homes.
The Center for a New Economy is collaborating in the ongoing assistance and recovery efforts by leveraging our coordination capabilities, on-the-ground knowledge, strategic support networks and policy advocacy skills. We are aware that doing so will require taking on new roles and responsibilities, but our commitment to rebuilding and retrofitting our physical and socioeconomic infrastructure is steadfast. We’re here, amidst the destruction, and ready to place all our energies and the resources we raise where they will achieve the most good, with equitable and efficient results.
The Puerto Rico Recovery Fund will focus on three strategic and interrelated areas:
- Addressing immediate humanitarian needs.
- Advocacy efforts in San Juan and Washington DC, to ensure maximum federal support and efficient resource coordination.
- Medium and long-term economic development with a focus on resiliency.
Other charities we support:
- San Jorge Children's Foundation: San Jorge Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides health care to economically disadvantaged children in Puerto Rico. Since their founding in 1995, they have funded surgical expenses for hundreds of children who are born with congenital or acquired malformations. Also, they are an important key for many cancer patients' recovery processes. There are times when families simply can't afford medical care for their chronically-ill children; this is where San Jorge Children's Foundation steps in.
- De la Mesa a la Calle: They are a non-profit organization that, through various initiatives in food sales spaces, raises funds and distributes them in full to entities that provide food to homeless people in Puerto Rico. Their mission is to "create a joint alliance to provide food to the homeless, raising and providing funds to non-profit organizations serving this population."
*up to $200,000 in aggregate donations.