The Atlanta-based United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working to help send financial support to partners on the ground in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Fiona.
Shortly after the storm hit the island, the organization authorized a $10,000 grant.
“Our grant will help our partners respond faster and support the local economy,” UMCOR disaster relief program manager Angela Overstreet told WSB’s Jonathan O’Brien. “In the past, those funds have been used to distribute hot meals to people with no electricity and to provide mental health counseling to survivors in shelters.”
According to Overstreet, the Federal Government has asked organizations not to send material or physical supplies to the island until they work out a response plan.
Overstreet understands that people want to help immediately following a disaster like this.
“But we can do things that will cause more harm than good if we just respond without really listening to what they’re identifying their needs to be,” she explained.
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