My mind can hardly wrap itself around the catastrophic photos coming out of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominica and all of the islands affected by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Seeing families searching for loved ones in Mexico City after the earthquake and watching as our friends at The Sato Project (where our dogs Hope and Winky were rescued) desperately try to support those at their home base in Yabucoa, PR has been heartbreaking, to say the very least. So as we head into the weekend, the only thing on my mind is: how can we help? Rather than our typical wrap-up and links out to other sites this week, this post is dedicated to ways you can support those trying to rebuild, from Houston to Mexico City to the Caribbean.
If you know of any other organizations doing great work, please feel free to share them below. We will continue to look for ways to help and give back individually and as a company here at Design*Sponge, so stay tuned for more updates as electricity and connections resume in these areas and direct calls for support start to be shared. Our hearts are with everyone affected by these horrifying natural disasters.
*Artwork above by Grace D. Chin, author of last week’s essay about Artists and Social/Political Responsibility.
- Donating funds and supplies (a comprehensive list at HuffPo)
- 5 Ways to Help (Fortune Mag)
- More places to donate + what to do before you donate (NY Times)
- Local organizations taking donations (Remezcla)
- A list of approved places to donate funds and supplies in Puerto Rico (Vero Vuela)
- Local Hurricane Maria Fund in Puerto Rico (Rosa A. Clemente)
- The Sato Project supporting wild dogs/animals in Puerto Rico
- Ways to support Dominca after the storm (Romper)
- How to set up individual donation drives (Double the Donation)
- Donation ideas for the Caribbean (Mashable)
- More options at Lonely Plant
- More ideas at Bustle
- Houston is struggling to rebuild and there are many organizations still in need of funds, supplies and basic personal goods. Here are a few lists to get started.
- This piece at The Atlantic and this piece at PBS address how undocumented immigrants are struggling to rebuild without the access and support others have. Catholic Charities is doing a lot of great work to support this community in Houston.