Puerto Rican CU employees, volunteers still need assistance

puerto_rico_us_As of Monday, only 42 percent of Puerto Rico’s power had been restored after Hurricane Maria tore through the island in September. Residents are still faced with a massive rebuilding effort.

The New York Credit Union Foundation is encouraging individuals in New York—which has the largest Puerto Rican population outside of the island—to donate to the disaster relief efforts. So far, the Foundation has awarded 103 grants to individuals from 39 credit unions, as well as 13 credit union grants. A total of $75,500 in grant monies have been approved for disbursement.

In addition to the funds raised directly from the Foundation, the National Credit Union Foundation has specifically allocated funds for the Hurricane Maria disaster relief efforts.

However, the Foundation continues to receive dozens of grant applications each day from credit unions and individuals affected by the storm. More than 800 grant applications have been received so far.

To make a donation to the Hurricane Maria relief efforts, visit the Foundation’s donation web page, and select “Hurricane Maria Relief” from the dropdown menu, or email Dirck Van Deuesen at dirck.vandeusen@nycua.org.

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