Tensions continue to rise over the reported vs. real death toll post-Hurricane Maria and lack of electricity and water security that still exists on the island. Among many things, conditions in Puerto Rico are still so far from being sustainable for its people. But Google is actively trying to change this with new efforts.
“We want to make it easy for people to support Puerto Rico recovery efforts,” the landing page reads. “We’re matching $2 million in donations until June 20th to inspire greater giving.”
The charities listed that the donations will support include Mercy Corps, an organization that works in over 40 countries around the world, developing long-term local solutions to prepare communities for the future, establishing partnerships with local nonprofits, and investing in entrepreneurs.
Donations will also go to the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, which has coordinated hundreds of donation drives in the mainland and distributing millions of pounds of food, water, and essentials to those affected by the storm, delivering emergency relief aid to all 78 municipalities. Google has also seeded 20 million dollars to support emergency relief and recovery projects throughout Puerto Rico.
This isn’t Google’s first time helping the island in the people’s time of need. Immediately after the hurricane, Google provided critical safety information with SOS alerts in Search and Maps, Project Loon‘s internet balloons gave residents internet connection, Google.org and Google users and employees gave 1.5 million to relief organizations supporting impacted regions, and a group of Google volunteer engineers accompanied Nethope to help restore internet access in Puerto Rico.
This past month in May, a second team of Latinx Google employees also traveled to Puerto Rico to work with Mercy Corps and Hispanic Federation on the island to help train small businesses impacted by the hurricane.
Puerto Rico still needs all the help it can get. You can donate here.