Google’s Fundraising Campaign For Puerto Rico Could Help Women-Owned Businesses On The Island

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When Hurricane Maria slammed through Puerto Rico last summer, it marked the island’s most severe natural disaster in modern history. The storm — the worst-ever in the United States — claimed the lives of about 5,000 people, destroyed nearly a third of homes and created a mass exodus to the contiguous U.S. Nine months later, and the people of Puerto Rico are still suffering. To help, Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming up with Google for a new fundraising campaign.

According to the fundraiser’s site, Google will match up to $2 million in donations that will go to Mercy Corps and the Hispanic Federation, which will help in the economic recovery of small and medium size businesses that have an emphasis on tourism, agriculture and fisheries.

This effort, which started after 35 of Google’s Latinx employees traveled to the island to offer guidance to business owners a few weeks ago, will run from June 8 to June 20.

“As a Puerto Rican Googler, I felt a strong sense of responsibility to help the island get back on its feet,” said Alfredo García, a Development Manager. “I’m proud to be part of a group that is helping fellow US citizens recover and emerge even stronger.”

Shortly after Maria hit, Google and its team donated more than $1.5 million in disaster relief.

Hamilton creator Miranda, who has also led several fundraising efforts — including his charity single “Almost Like Praying” — is the campaign’s spokesperson.

“In the nine months since Hurricane Maria, people all over the world have opened their piggy banks and opened their hearts to help. Across the country, many have made their voices heard, demanding action from Congress. It has meant so much. Progress has been made, but there is still work to be done,” Miranda, born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, wrote in a blog post about the fundraiser. “I am grateful to Google.org for their commitment to helping Puerto Rico in such an impactful way.”

To donate, visit the campaign’s landing page.

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