Notre Dame College Contributes to Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts

Notre Dame College has once again demonstrated its heart for service—contributing to hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. territory and commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Students, faculty and staff of Notre Dame donated nearly $1,000 in cash and collected even more in food, water and other needed products on campus in less than a week to assist millions of adults and children on the island without sustenance, first aid and shelter following Hurricane Maria.

The College heeded the call for help by sending an entire carload of water, diapers, baby formula and canned goods to the Puerto Rico relief effort. The items were collected and transported by Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry to a Northeast Ohio collection site. From there, the goods were loaded onto trucks headed to Florida and then on planes to Puerto Rico and then distributed to those in need at various aid locations on the island.

The campus community also contributed $677 in cash, which was donated to two relief organizations. Half of the offering was gifted to the David Maldonado Foundation, a church-based private philanthropy headquartered in Orlando, Fla.

Representatives of the Maldonado Foundation were in Cleveland for related relief fundraising efforts and assumed responsibility for transporting the collected items to Florida and then into Puerto Rico. The group engages with a variety of churches on the island and works with the ministries to warehouse and distribute goods to those in need.

The other half of the College community’s cash donations was provided to the Hispanic Federation for their relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Following Hurricane Maria, the Hispanic Federation convened government officials and community leaders in multiple states to create the UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program. One hundred percent of contributions to the UNIDOS Fund goes to help the immediate and long-term recovery needs of children, families and communities devastated by the hurricane, which left a majority of Puerto Ricans without power, access to food, water and communications. Estados Unidos is Spanish for United States.

Puerto Rico is one of five inhabited U.S. territories, and the U.S. granted its residents citizenship 100 years ago. Congress then approved Puerto Rico’s constitution in 1952, making it a commonwealth, or a more developed territory.

While they do not have a vote in Congress and are not bound by federal income tax laws, residents of Puerto Rico do pay other taxes such as Social Security and Medicare.

October 2017


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