Western Massachusetts communities raised more than 100K in relief efforts for Puerto Rico


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Communities in western Massachusetts raised more than $180,000 to support relief efforts for Puerto Rico.

In the last five months, Western Mass. United for Puerto Rico collected thousands of pounds worth of items as well as cash donations for relief efforts following hurricane Maria.

Baker meets with Puerto Rico’s Governor to discuss relief efforts

On Monday,  the organization announced the projects the money will help fund, include rebuilding churches, medical services, and launching a community solar-powered laundromat.

22News spoke with Waleska Lugo director of Hidden Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley about all the efforts.

Puerto Rican residents begin migration to western Massachusetts

“What we didn’t anticipate that was exciting to see, is that the community also wanted to give to displaced families who were arriving from Puerto Rico, and we have them in the thousands,” Lugo said.

The organization announced that $80,000 will go to the United Way of Pioneer Valley who is helping families relocate to western Massachusetts. $100,000 will go to organizations in Puerto Rico trying to rebuild.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Only on WWLP.com | Digital First

More Digital First

State Police Overtime Scandal

More State Police Overtime Investigation

Trending Stories

Donate Today

Contests and Sweepstakes