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Support Disaster Relief – How to help

Rescue workers help people Sept. 20 in Guayama, Puerto Rico, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria. After battering the Virgin Islands, the hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico, bringing “catastrophic” 155 mph winds and dangerous storm surges. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters) See MARIA-PUERTO-RICO-VIRGIN-ISLANDS Sept. 20, 2017.

In Lancaster County people continue to wonder, worry, and wait for news of friends and family that have weathered natural disasters in the last few weeks.

If you are looking for a way to support victims of hurricane, flood, or earthquake damage, please consider these organizations that are tuned in to the needs of individuals and families in their communities.

Puerto Rico
With power outage still widespread, many local resources on the island are still not able to function. To help support the growing immediate needs, please consider a contribution through Hispanics in Philanthropy.


Community Foundations across Florida are joining forces with United Ways and other organizations across the state to support families affected by Hurricane Irma. Consider a contribution to the disaster relief fund at The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

Two International Community Foundations are directing resources to families impacted by the massive earthquake.  Support is specific for Mexico City relief and Oaxaca/Chiapas relief.

Rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey is only just beginning. Consider the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

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