Hurricane Relief: How UMass Can Help

Puerto Rico is beginning massive long-term efforts to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, the most recent storm of this year’s hurricane season that has brought serious damage and destruction to areas of Texas, Florida, Georgia, and other islands of the Caribbean.


We have many students on campus from these regions who are personally affected, and others in our community are impacted. We will do all that we can to support them here, but I also call on each of us to consider doing even more, especially in light of the current catastrophic situation in Puerto Rico


Below, you will find a list of regional and national organizations you can support. Financial donations are the most helpful to continue the relief efforts. Any amount you can give now or in the near future is important, as the recovery work will be extensive and long term.


Please consider a donation to any of these organizations. Our collective effort can make a difference for those in need.



Kumble R. Subbaswamy





  • Unicef USA has created an emergency relief fund for Hurricane Maria.
  • ConPRmetidos is a non-profit based in Puerto Rico that is raising money for relief to communities impacted by Hurricane Maria.
  • Unidos Por Puerto Rico is an initiative created by Beatriz Rossello, the first lady of Puerto Rico, and several private sector companies to help those who lost belongings in Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
  • Save the Children is preparing to respond help the children and families most affected by Hurricane Maria. 





Organizations accepting donations and providing support:

  • GlobalGiving has established a Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. Donations will support recovery and relief efforts, to help first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding to this disaster.
  • UNICEF has created a relief fund for Hurricane Irma and pays special attention to school-age children.
  • Oxfam America is supporting Hurricane Irma recovery and is also preparing for Hurricane Jose.
  • The American Red Cross has deployed disaster responders and is delivering donated blood to hard-hit areas.

Organizations accepting donations for the welfare of animals:




Local organizations accepting donations and providing support:

National organizations accepting donations and providing support:

Anyone who wishes to donate blood should contact the following organizations: