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Assistance for the People of Mexico and Puerto Rico

September 27, 2017

Natural disasters have struck many areas this fall. Mexico and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico have been extremely crippled by earthquakes and hurricanes. Mexico has suffered two major earthquakes as well as strong aftershocks in the past three weeks. More than 300 individuals have died and at least 4,000 buildings have been destroyed. After being hit by two hurricanes, Puerto Rico is facing multiple crises, including little running water, loss of electricity, and the destruction of crops. The death toll on the island, reported to be at least 16, is expected to rise. If you would like to donate to help the people of Mexico, the following four organizations have been recommended as reputable donation points: Red Cross Mexico, UNICEF Mexico, GoFundMe, and GlobalGiving

To help fellow U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico, the following funds are recommended: United for Puerto Rico (an initiative of the island's first lady), GlobalGiving, and others listed in a recent New York Times article. The article also provides tips on how to research charities to ensure your donation is used properly.

Hoos For Puerto Rico, a student run initiative, will be collecting money for the Hurricane Maria Recovery Fund. Please visit their Facebook page for ways to donate.

Students who have been affected or have ties to those in Mexico and Puerto Rico have been contacted by the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office in case they require assistance. If you need assistance due to the impact of the storm on you, your family, or loved ones, please get in touch with ODOS by calling 434-924-7133 or emailing We can also help facilitate connections with staff in Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Financial Services, and other University offices.