Orange County Government is committed to supporting our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Even as we continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, Orange County is working to help the victims of Hurricane Maria. With communications still so very limited, many Central Florida residents and guests continue to await word from their loved ones. For assistance in locating loved ones, visit the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration website.
Central Florida has a long history of neighbors helping neighbors and a culture of care and compassion. In partnership with you and our many faith-based and community organizations, the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, the Office of First Lady of Puerto Rico, Mrs. Beatriz Rosselló, the Hispanic Federation, CASA, the Heart of Florida United Way, and the American Red Cross, we are working collaboratively to assist in relief and recovery efforts.
On behalf of Orange County Government, our continued thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors on the Island, our many Central Floridians with friends and family in Puerto Rico, as well as the many first responders, military servicemen and women, and our federal partners who are working to aid in Hurricane Maria recovery.
United for Puerto Rico | How You Can Help
United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Mrs. Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
Orlando Cares - Hope for Puerto Rico
Orlando Cares - Hope for Puerto Rico is a disaster relief project where volunteers will be packaging meal kits for those in need in Puerto Rico. Feeding Children Everywhere will be packaging 4 million meal kits with over 30 thousand volunteers for the course of the next 4 weeks in Orange County. The meal kits will be shipped directly to FEMA for immediate distribution in Puerto Rico. Volunteers are needed, please register here.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank in conjunction with Feeding America are in need of volunteers that can assist at partner agencies that have already begun seeing an increase in recipients. Find out how you can volunteer at www.feedhopenow.org/disaster. Second Harvest Food Bank is also asking for non-perishable food and water donations that can be dropped off at their Orlando facility located at 411 Mercy Drive Orlando 32805. A list of items can be found online at www.feedhopenow.org/disaster.
United Way Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund
The Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief fund was created to assist with emergency assistance and basic needs of those affected. 100% of every dollar raised will go toward alleviating immediate storm-related needs in Puerto Rico, long-term community recovery and displacement assistance for families in Central Florida.
Coordinadora de Apoyo, Solidaridad y Ayuda (CASA)
Coordinadora de Apoyo, Solidaridad y Ayuda (CASA) works to combine local resources from various organizations to provide assistance to victims of natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Florida.
Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) is dedicated to the task of ably representing and advancing the interests of the Government of Puerto Rico before federal, state, and local governments.
Orlando Unites To Help Puerto Rico
Orlando Unites To Help Puerto Rico provides aid and support to those impacted in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Maria.
One America Appeal
The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal also includes areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Please be sure to designate Puerto Rican Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.
The Salvation Army is ready to serve on multiple fronts. All donations specified for Puerto Rico will support the Salvation Army’s work taking place there. To donate by phone, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. To make a monetary donation, make the check payable to The Salvation Army, designate it to Hurricane Maria 2017 and send it to The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. To receive a donation link via text, text STORM to 51555.
Valencia College Continuing Education & Training
Hurricane Irma and Maria have greatly affected many individuals and families in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands. In the wake of a disaster of this magnitude, Valencia College has multiple education and training programs to assist those individuals migrating to the Orlando Metro area.
Ongoing - Volunteers Needed
- Orlando Cares - Hope for Puerto Rico is a disaster relief project where volunteers will be packaging meal kits for those in need in Puerto Rico. Feeding Children Everywhere will be packaging 4 million meal kits with over 30 thousand volunteers for the course of the next 4 weeks in Orange County. Interested volunteers should register here.
- Second Harvest Food Bank in conjunction with Feeding America are in need of volunteers that can assist at partner agencies that have already begun seeing an increase in recipients. Find out how you can volunteer at www.feedhopenow.org/disaster.
Orlando - Centro Borinqueño Acacia
1865 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32817
Everyday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Kissimmee - Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) Office
15 S. Orlando Avenue. Kissimmee, FL 34741
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Central Florida Veterans – Operation Rescue Puerto Rico | I-4 for Puerto Rico-Relief
4045 Forrestal Ave., Bay 7, Orlando, FL 32806
These efforts are led by local military veterans and volunteers. Donations of emergency goods – including hurricane recovery construction supplies – can be taken to the site listed above.
- Bottled drinking water
- Non-perishable food (canned goods)
- Canned milk
- Garbage bags
- Towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant
- Personal hygiene items and feminine products
- First aid kits
- General medicine (aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen)
- Baby diapers and formula
- Adult diapers
- Non-perishable pet food
This page will be updated on a regular basis. Please be sure to check back often.