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Puerto Rico Rise Up Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Empowering and uplifting the people of Puerto Rico to achieve equitable opportunities and secure a sustainable future through unity. “We are stronger together.”

Results: 2020 Earthquakes Response: *Distributed emergency supplies *Provided workshops for families and children COVID Response: * Distributed thousands PPE ( N-95 and Faceshields) * Distributed thousands of food boxes across the island. * Distributed back to school supplies 2019: *Our Disaster Relief program distributed a total of $398,370 in medical equipment & supplies.  *With the support from Indiana University, our organization donated $353,370 worth of medical equipment to support 8 clinics and hospitals in Puerto Rico. *We donated $45,000 worth of medical equipment & supplies to Vieques.  Coqui Education: *1,780 children impacted *10,000 books were donated to build two school libraries and to afterschool programs on the island with the support of Access Books. *ResiliArte Initiative- 350 children from at risk schools and shelters processed trauma through the arts Caravana NaviDAR 2019 * Brought joy to 232 children in orphanages island wide. * A total of 2,860 children have benefited from all our initiatives.

Target demographics: the most vulnerable communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,860 children have benefited from our initiatives, 54,000 people impacted

Geographic areas served: Puerto Rico

Programs: Disaster Relief, Coqui education program

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My story begins in March 29, 2020 when the COVID19 pandemic was rampant across the world and it was consuming the peace of mind of everyone in the planet. Being from Puerto Rico has certain advantages in the pandemic since being an island permits only so much access to the country. As there are advantages, there are disadvantages. Getting resources and personal protection equipment (PPE) to the people that need it becomes a bigger challenges as markets close and industries cease operations. A group of students and I took the challenge of manufacturing face shields for personnel in the medical industry. We were the biggest rookies in the non-for-profit environment but we had the drive and vision to take our project to the next level and expand our reach. "Makers Against Covid 19 in Puerto Rico" was born from this drive and passion. We had 3D printers, some knowledge in 3D design, and a lot of time to invest on this. What we lacked was proper guidance and expertise. We were introduced to Karen Caraballo, CEO of Puerto Rico Rise Up, and instantly our chemistry destined us for greatness and accomplishment. PRRU provided all the tools, mentorship and guidance that we needed to get PPE to essential health workers. If we needed help with logistics, Karen was always available to give us the tips that would allow us to make our decisions and execute accordingly. It did not matter the hour, Karen was available. When we needed a few pair of hands to distribute the face shields, PRRU connected us to volunteers that were diligent and very responsible. Thanks to PRRU we managed to gather more than $25K in donations that were used to save and protect the lives of people who needed it the most. Together we managed to donate more than 25,000 faceshields impacting the WHOLE island and more than 300 organizations. As the founder of the organization, the challenges presented to me were quick to become overwhelming but PRRU and Karen were quicker to assist in any matter. For this I am eternally grateful . Hopefully the world does not need us again, but if it does, I'm certain we can count on PRRU to be headstrong with me and MAKERS against whatever adversity occurs. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doy mil gracias a la organización Puerto Rico Rises por donar las cajas de alimentos. Gracias esto mi experiencia como voluntaria fue muy significativa ya que pudimos impactar varias familias que incluso no tenía ese día nada para comer fue muy gratificante ayudar aquellos que necesitan.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Muy satisfecha con la experiencia de la repartición de las cajas de alimentos. Gracias a nuestra Líder comunitaria María Vázquez y toda la buena organización de la repartición. Me sentí satisfecha de poder llevar las cajas de alimentos a nuestras comunidades de UTuado. Muy agradecida de poder llevar un poco de alegría a cada hogar ya que hemos estado pasando por tantas situaciones.
Gracias mi experiencia fue maravillosa.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soy Mercedes Santiago y pastoreo la Iglesia del Nazareno en Utuado. Agradezco de todo corazón el haber trabajado con la organización repartiendo alimentos. Las familias estaban muy agradecidas en estos momentos donde la gran mayoría de ellos están desempleados. Gracias a cada uno de ustedes por brindar una gran esperanza a mi pueblo de Utuado, a otros pueblos, a Puerto Rico. Porque Puerto Rico somos todos. Sean todos bendecidos en el nombre de Jesucristo.

1 Yarisis Centeno S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to Puerto Rico Rise Up fundation for help my town Guanica when the earthquake hit us on the month of January and the pandemic of Covid-19.

I will like to thanks to Dr. Caraballo, Milagros and Kevin for always been there and be essentials to complete the deliveries of the first AID items, food and personal protective equipment to the people of Guanica.

For weeks my town receives thousand of boxes with food. This help us to bring food to places they haven't eaten in days.

Puerto Rico Rise Up gave us the confidence to me and my group to complete the distribution of help for all the country. After this I and All the citizens of Guanica are thankful for all the atention and help they provide to us.

Yarisis Centeno

3 Eimy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer of Puerto Rico Rise Up since January of this year. I've seen first hand the amazing work they do helping the most vulnerable communities of my beloved Puerto Rico during the earthquakes and now COVID 19. It has been an incredible experience working as a volunteer for PRUU as I get to help the citizens of Puerto Rico.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with PRRU has been amazing!! I was part of a group of students (Makers Against Covid-19) who had the initative to help PR when the situation of Covid-19 began. We were able to donate faceshields all around the island and with their support, we were able to have greater outreach. Since day one they gave 100% on our initiative. Amazing people with strive to continue giving to the island in every way they can. Hoping to work in the future with them!

1 Christian V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great non-profit with an even greater mission. I volunteered and helped administer an initiative (Makers Against Covid-19 in PR) in alliance with PRRU to donate over 25,000 face shields around the island. The administrative team of PRRU and their CEO, Karen Caraballo, were always available and providing us the help and mentorship we needed to achieve the project. Organizations like these are the ones that keep the world and Puerto Rico moving forward during these tough times.

2 Kermin Joel M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to lead the Farmers to Families Food Box Program with PRRU and it has a transforming experience for me because it has allowed us to help people in need on the island in so many different ways, including my hometown, Guánica. It has been a very rewarding experience seeing people smiles and it has been a healing experience for me as well in the midst of earthquakes, COVID-19,. racism protest, flooding, among other events happening in the world. Finally, through this initiative, I have been able to empower other community leaders, provide advice, and mentor them throughout the process as well as getting to know better other PRRU leaders. We can do much more together and we trust each other, and PRRU has provided me a venue to accomplish that. I am grateful for this opportunity and I would like to THANK YOU PRRU CEO, Dr. Karen Caraballo, for allowing me to be part of this amazing organization and trusting in me.

2 Norma Bucio

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Estoy muy agradecida con la organización Puerto Rico Rise up por el soporte en talleres que tocaron temas de suma importancia y dieron apoyo emocional acerca de la pandemia y el covid,fueron excelentes talleres que me ayudaron mucho
y tambien he podido ver de cerca todo el gran trabajo y ayuda que hacen por las comunidades,gracias !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trabajar junto a la organización Puerto Rico Rise Up ha sido una experiencia espiritualmente extraordinaria. Esto nos ha permitido alcanzar miles de personas que en medio de la Pandemia. Durante la experiencia de distribución muchas personas se han expresado con gran la inmensa satisfacción de servirles. Nosotros no nos conocemos personalmente pero sin duda alguna Dios por medio de esta iniciativa nos unió para bendecir a mucho pueblo. Hoy por hoy mas que trabajar para un nombre particular estamos trabajando y fomentando calidad de vida a todos los residentes de Puerto Rico no importa su raza, cultura, credo, status social y económico. Gracias por brindarme la oportunidad de servirles. Puerto Rico se Levanta con la ayuda de Dios. Pastor Rogol J. Mills-Costoso

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PuertoRicoRiseUp 09/01/2020

Gracias a su confianza, esfuerzos y dedicación hemos impactado miles de familias en Puerto Rico. #JuntosSomosMasFuertes

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor and privilege to work with Dr. Margie Genera Lewis providing humanitarian and medical assistance to the most vulnerable communities in Puerto Rico 3 weeks after the storm. Dr. Margie and PRRU never stopped giving and caring. Their efforts have helped so many. PRRU and its programs, especially Coqui Scholars, Caravana Navidar and all the school programs are a testament to their commitment to helping those most in need. I am a proud supporter and donor of PRRU! Thank you Dr. Margie and the PRRU family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Soy Tiana Rodríguez maestra de la Escuela Dr. Francisco Hernández y Gaetán agradezco al personal de Puerto Rico Rise up por la ayuda brindada a nuestros estudiantes y facultad escolar.

7 Omayra O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracias a Puerto Rico Rise Up ,hicieron la diferencia en nuestra escuela Hernández y Gaetán en San Juan, PR jamas los olvidaremos.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Agradezco a Puerto Rico Rise Up, por toda la ayuda brindada a nuestra comunidad escolar. Soy Johanna Alburquerque, maestra de la escuela Dr. Francisco Hernández y Manuel Gaetán.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As children’s book authors committed to ensuring that *all* children have equal access to quality books, we were very lucky to meet a member of Puerto Rico Rise Up (PRRU) in the course of researching a volunteer opportunity in Puerto Rico. We had released a bilingual Spanish-English children’s book that featured Puerto Rico, and we wanted to host a story time with our book for young students, as well as donate our books (along with several hundred other titles that we collected with help from local bookstores in Washington, DC) for a school library in need. Having worked for nonprofits ourselves, we were keen to find someone/a group with local roots and first-hand knowledge of Puerto Rico’s recovery needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Our contact at PRRU was just that – she was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate, communicative, and diligent in her efforts to pair us with a school in San Juan. Thanks to her tireless assistance, we connected with the wonderful principal at Escuela Ines Maria Mendoza in San Juan, and in May 2019, we were honored to host a special bilingual story time for their youngest students (in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Ines Maria Mendoza became a receptor school, taking in students from preschool to high school age). We also met their incredible school librarian, with whom we toured the school, including the library, where we turned over our book donations. Since our visit, we have kept in touch with both school officials and our PRRU contact, and we are planning more volunteer efforts in San Juan and beyond going forward. We felt strongly about sharing what we know best - the joy of books and reading - with students in Puerto Rico, and it simply would not have been possible without PRRU. We are deeply grateful to their guidance, their inclusive approach to volunteers like us, and above all, their singular passion to see the beautiful island and people of Puerto Rico thrive.

2 Ricky S.2

Advisor

Rating: 4

Puerto Rico Rise Up has been an upstanding organization, providing resources and stepping in to fill the void of assistance needed in Puerto Rico post-hurricane maria.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We partnered with Puerto Rico Rise Up to refurbish two school libraries! What a great group. Not only are they organized and professional (thinking of every detail), they truly care about what they are doing and do it because we are all members of this human race. They believe in equity, dignity and opportunity. We hope to work again with them.
Rebecca, www.accessbooks.net

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recommend donating to Puerto Rico Rise Up because they are reliable and I know that my resources will be getting to those in need in Puerto Rico. I have know Dra. Caraballo for more than 20 years and I know that her dedication to help those in need is serious with a true compromise. The team of PR Rise up has a mix of professionals that had help communities in need like Vieques and are constantly in touch and visiting the Island. They provide more than things to those impacted by the hurricane, they are also providing emotional support and a helping hand to communities who had lost faith in the institutions.

2 Carlos T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group of Doctors is truly a God sent of Angels of hope and joy. They have taken such an interest in the wellbeing of our resident girls and teens that is simply admirably human. Among activities they have coordinated are an interactive educational trip with all our 25 residents to the Yunque Rain Forest, recreational and therapeutic encounters at our center including painting and crafts, and role plays, Christmas activities with personalized gifts to each of our residents. They also provided much needed funding support to help us paint the security wall and gates surrounding our facilities. We can’t say enough about their eagerness and motivation to serve, heal and restore joy and hope in our residents, our staff and community.
By: Carlos Torrado from Hogares Teresa Toda Foster Group Home in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Puerto Rico Rise Up has been an inspiration to the people of NJ who have recognized the organization since it was introduced by my daughter. We value their honesty, kindness, and willingness to help te PR community whenever possible. Hurricane Maria was devastating and they continue to help the impoverished communities in Puerto Rico.

A nonprofit organization that is serving the most vulnerable people of PR. Moreover, they provide services for traumatized children and youth in the community. Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was moved by the mission and efforts of Puerto Rico Rise Up and decided to join their cause. Their work to serve and help in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico is remarkable. I value their particular interest in improving resilience and educational opportunities for children. Puerto Rico Rise Up continues to support people in Vieques providing medical equipment and assistance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Ivonne Felix a social worker in Francisco Hernández Gaetán elementary school of Puerto Rico . I am very grateful for the help of the staff of Puerto Rico Rise up. With their interventions, they have helped my students self esteem. Thank you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Dr. Jose E Colon. I am in the director of an organization called Hope and Health Project. In the past couple of years I have been involved in working with many organizations that help in different areas of the world.

I have been able to work with the organization name Puerto Rico Rice up and this of been an amazing organization that have worked very hard to help in many ways many of the areas affected By hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is a group of hard-working humanitarian people that have made it may your stride in helping those affected in the Caribbean island after Diez Orengo Shiara Ken
By hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is a group of hard-working humanitarian people that have made it may your stride in helping those affected in the Caribbean island after These disasters!
They have work in helping in many areas including helping in construction, helping in school, helping him providing food and Shelter & medications to the different areas needed!
They have provided humanitarian medical and phycological care for Many of the different areas affected by the previous mention and disaster. They are an amazing group of hard-working individuals that really care for a better world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Puerto Rico Rise Up was an amazing help after Hurricane Maria in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Our small island lost our Medical Center, it was condemned after Maria and is still not rebuilt. Puerto Rico Rise Up helped out with dire medical needs. They helped after Maria and continue to do so. This help is so important because we still have a temporary, limited medical center and any access to medical care entails a ferry ride to the Main Island. This trip is very difficult for sick and elderly Viequenses. Everyone at Puerto Rico Rise Up has been extremely caring and helpful to Vieques. Thank you.