Cambridge, MA, October 26, 2017 — In response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, Mayor E. Denise Simmons and the City of Cambridge have established a relief effort through the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. Financial donations to this fund will support the recovery process for residents from four municipalities in Puerto Rico: Coamo, Jayuya, Orocovis, and Salinas.
Cambridge has a long history of Puerto Ricans from these communities making Cambridge their home. Coamo, Jayuya, Orocovis, and Salinas are small rural communities located in the southern part of the island, an area identified as one of the hardest to reach regions.
On Oct. 21-22, the city held a drive for desperately needed relief supplies, which brought in approximately 15,000 pounds of donated goods. Hundreds of local donors dropped off items at the Cambridge Water Department on Saturday and the Police Department on Sunday, while over 100 volunteers accepted and sorted the goods.
“I am incredibly proud of how the Cambridge community has once again stepped up to help out those in need,” said Mayor E. Denise Simmons, who has helped lead the city’s efforts. “There are many, many Cantabrigians with strong personal ties to Puerto Rico, and we are all working together to find ways to help our brothers and sisters get relief and start to rebuild.”
Donations can be made online, in person at Cambridge City Hall (795 Massachusetts Avenue), or by mail. Checks can be made payable to:
Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund – Aid for Puerto Rico
c/o City of Cambridge Finance Department
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
For more information or questions, contact the Office of Mayor E. Denise Simmons at
Donate online now at www.Cambridgema.gov/AidforPuertoRico.