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Puerto Rico Rise Up Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: 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: $359,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies distributed to 7 hospitals in PR with a donation from Indiana University; $8,000 worth of medical equipment such as medication and ambulace equipment donated in Vieques; 175 children received one year of support through psychoeducational, art therapy, and music therapy resiliency programs; 500 children participated in Caravana Navidar ( a cultural and artistic event for children in orphanages or group homes throughout Puerto Rico); $24,000 in books were distributed to schools in PR in collaboration with AccessBooks; complete restoration of two school libraries in Caimito and Utuado in collaboration with AccessBooks

Target demographics: the most vulnerable communities

Geographic areas served: Puerto Rico

Programs: disaster relief, community & economic growth, Coqui education program, and health & wellness

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

5 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.

1 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.