“Don’t Forget About Us”: Let’s Help Communities in Need 

"Don’t forget about us.”

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, shared this plea for help standing in the midst of a crowded shelter as Hurricane Maria whipped across the island.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented support.

Whether due to the impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, or the result of multiple earthquakes that have ravaged Mexico, many people need immediate help. Given the dire circumstances that will continue for some time, ASAE asks the association community—and especially associations’ respective members—to assist in any way possible.

ASAE and many other organizations have already donated funds to the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma. ASAE will now add donation support for Puerto Rico and Mexico.

According to the Center for International Disaster Information, a part of the United States Agency for International Development, sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help disaster victims.

Here are ways in which you can help:

  • The Red Cross is asking people to donate money on its web site or to text 90999 to donate $10 or more. The group is also organizing volunteers.

  • The crowdfunding site GlobalGiving is also working to raise funds to provide emergency supplies and longer-term assistance. GlobalGiving prioritizes the funding of local organizations best positioned to meet immediate needs for food, water, fuel, and shelter, but it also supports longer-term recovery efforts by vetted organizations responding to the disasters.

  • Charity Navigator also has compiled a list of trusted charitable organizations for hurricane relief.

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