Things you can do locally to help Puerto Rico
Sometimes world events are doubly tragic not just for the human casualty that they bring but also for the feeling of hopelessness we feel for not being able to adwquately help. The recent tragedy in Puerto Rico dosen't have to be that way. The outpouring of goodwill and help nationally and locally has momentum and here are a few ways you can add to that and bring some real change to our countrymen in need.
1) On November 9th, The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins is hosting #FoCo4PuertoRico- A Benefit Show for Puerto Rico. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to United for Puerto Rico, a nationally accredited charity that provides humanitarian aid for those affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Bands will include The Patti Fiasco, Maxwell Mud, Qbala, and Guerrilla Radio. There will also be silent auction supporting Rocky Mountain Music Relief, helping musicians affected by the tragedy will housing and replacing lost instruments (www.rockymountainmusicrelief.org) , and "El Pueblo de Puerto Rico Se Levanta", a grassroots ccampaign tasked with rescue and rebuilding (www.gofundme.com/el-pueblo-de-puerto-rico-se-levanta)
2) Cash. The power of the almighty dollar cannot be overstated. Clothing and food might seem like a good way to help but quite often it has a negative effect. Loads of material, well meaning or not, have to be sorted and dealt with, and often ends up rotting away in a warehouse and sapping manpower that could have been used to do actual good works. Cash will allow someone in the area who specializes in certain trades or services to make a living and deliver aid more effectively. When you give cash aid you enable things to get a little back to normal in an area that sorely needs it. Some highly recommended charities include United for Puerto Rico UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, and Save the Children.
3) Yourself. Doctors, Truck Drivers, Welders, Machinists- Many of you have skills that can be put to direct use. If you have the time and ability this could be a great way to directly help. Go to https://prvoad.communityos.org/cms/irma and learn how your talents can become real and needed aid.