WE ARE CURRENTLY UPDATING OUR WEBSITE... OUR NEXT TRIP WILL BE IN OCTOBER 2018...PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR OUR UPDATES AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENTS
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals of providing relief aid and improve the current conditions of many. Your support will assist in our mission and programs.
Helping to put the pieces back together again.....
To give hope for a better future for all Americans in Puerto Rico by returning every house to a home, ensuring healthy and self-sustaining communities, updated education, fully functioning public schools, and working towards ensuring Puerto Rico's equality as part of the United States of America.
President & Event Mngr & Co-founder
Nicky's mother was born in Puerto Rico and father from Spain. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with 8 brothers and sisters in a Puerto Rican & Italian community. Nicky's Godmother, aunts and many cousins all live in Puerto Rico and each one was deeply effected when Hurricane Irma and Maria hit the islands. We did not hear from anyone for almost 1 1/2 months. We knew we had to help. We started to help others all with our own money, and the need grew bigger, so with his wife Sherri, they formed PNW for Puerto Rico Relief and filed with the IRS, State of Oregon and County of Yamhill.
Executive Director & Co-founder
Sherri was raised in Portland, OR with an Italian and Irish background where family meant everything. Helping others is what you do no matter what. So when Nicky and Sherri saw the devastation and not much help pouring into Puerto Rico, people contacting them that their families were beyond starvation, no lights, no clean sheets, no anything and could they help, there was no question in either of their minds. That is how she was raised, to help others when they need help no matter the circumstances and no questions asked. Sherri does all the administration, financial, contacts, planning, and execution by herself, while Nicky goes into the community to search for grants, donations, and meet people in the community. Together they make a great team.
Nicky and Sherri Colo'n run the 501(c)(3) Disaster Relief organization on their own, however they depend on volunteers to help execute recovery aid trips, the assistance of obtaining the medical and construction supply portion of the trips by the use of medical and construction professionals. Our volunteers help us with events, obtaining donated supplies, traveling to Puerto Rico with us to provide much needed free health care, residential and orphanage repairs, food and supply delivery to desolate homes in the mountains, door-to-door welfare checks, and making sure we are able to deliver the best recovery assists available.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization. With the assistance of our donors and grantors, our volunteers make it all come together. We are always looking for volunteers and are needing members.
PNW for Puerto Rico is providing short to long-term assistance until human lives are no longer in danger and restored to some kind of normalcy.
All PNW for Puerto Rico Relief's activities are guided by Four Humanitarian Principals
These provide the foundation of our works actions.
We take care of the particular needs of communities and individuals affected by the hurricanes and provide relief aid in the form of
With many stores, businesses, crops, farmers, and restaurants out of business in the towns and small cities, there is little to no work, It will take time to rebuild and get the jobs back. Until then, assistance is needed.
Immediately after Hurricane Maria, Nicky and I did not hesitate to collect donations to send to Puerto Rico. We continue today to collect needed contributions to help meet the needs that still remain in Puerto Rico.
Giving isn’t about money. Giving is about the hearts and minds and values of donors. And donors are the heroes of the story.
Since September 2017, we began sending care packages to our family in Puerto Rico. This turned into a need to help Puerto Rico as a whole and was the beginning of PNW for Puerto Rico Relief. Families and friends of the survivors of the hurricanes contact us from around the U.S. requesting assistance. Today, we have sent over 850 boxes to Puerto Rico since September 28, 2017 directly to families, schools, orphanges, adult care facilities, and churches. We could not have done this without the help of Molly and the entire staff at Newberg Mailroom who since September have worked effortlessly packing and sending our boxes out, sometimes a pallet at a time. We thank everyone around the United State and Puerto Rico for your contributions, donations and grants to make this happen.
Non-profits like PNW for Puerto Rico Relief are making a difference in Puerto Rico and helping some of the locals get back to work, head towards a somewhat normal life allowing for people around the world to return to Puerto Rico on vacation again allowing for the economy to rise higher than ever before.
By holding fundraisers, seminars, public forums, focus groups and other events, we are able to educate, inspire, allow for others to help us take action and supporting the Americans in Puerto Rico. Once you hear and feel that gratefulness of even one local, it makes everything you do worthwhile. All your hard work is paid off in that very moment. Not one person from Puerto Rico asked us for help, and when we offered, were very hesitant. Boriquas are resilient and have been working very hard together as communities and helping one another. I am happy to come back and share our heart warming stories to you of the happiness the Puerto Rican people feel in their hearts for what PNW for Puerto Rico Relief and our donors/sponsors are doing for them. Thank you to everyone. It is a team effort.
We can also learn and practice disaster preparedness here in Oregon after the Hurricane Maria catastrophe. A disaster can hit us at anytime, a power outage, a horrific storm flooding our streets, knocking down trees on our homes, mudslides......we have a lot to share.
Assisting the schools in:
Families still remain displaced from their homes all over, living with neighbors, friends and family, rain pouring into their home in the highest hills of the mountains, fixing their homes with found materials as they still wait for their insurance and their payments from other disaster aid agencies.
As of Feburary 2018, the most needed items are:
Providing lights, fresh food, water, medications, hygiene, care kits, health care, food, water, transportation assistance, generators, power cords, and building supplies.
Washington County Sheriff's Dept.
Newberg & Beaverton Fred Meyers
Unlseashed by Petco
Round Table Pizza - Newberg and Beaverton
Kris and Denise Zimmerman
Artistic Bliss Photography
Susan Day - Artist in Yahmill,
Rich & Sheila Burkhart
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
Vida Ice Arbonen Consultant Regional
Crunch - Beaverton
Paradise Harley Davidson
Bob Lampher's Beaverton Motorcycles
Main St. Stamp & Stationery
Cheesecakes by Jen
Not Just Old Bags
Bubba's Barbers - Newberg
Garden Home Bale's Lamb's Thrifway
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate
Chehalem Cultural Center
NW Fresh Seafood
Pulp & Circumstance
Yamhill County Antiques
Albany American Legion Post 10
Rick and Teresa Maurmann - VRBO
Mariana Sandoval - Banner Bank
Arbor Hills Dental - Dr. Toy
Royal Dental Care - Dr. Guiterrez
Physician Assistant- Erika Jean
Dobbs Estate Vinyard
Nothing bundt Cakes - Beaverton
Kim Turner & James
Youth 4 Vets
St. Mathews Lutheran Churc
PNW for Puerto RIco Relief
Newberg, OR 97132
President & Co-Founder
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Providing Humanitarian Aid, Short & Long-term recovery efforts, medical team support and collaboration programs, disaster assistance, and community projects. These programs are free and without any predjudice to all those individuals residing in Puerto Rico that were affected by the 2017 Hurricanes, the March 2018 flooding and any disasters that may come in 2018.
Please contact us if you are in need of assistance. If you are in need of urgent medical care, please have your medical facility contact us so that we may make arrangements with them to get you the care you need or find you a local area facility to go to.
Assistance applications are coming soon.
We can only continue to provide these services and programs while our funding and contributions are available,
July 26 - 29, 2018
Newberg Old Fashioned Festival
We will have a booth selling our shirts, raffle baskets, photo displays of our recovery trips to Puerto Rico and more. See our flyer in the document section.
October 2018 Disaster Recovery Trip
Puerto Rico -
Home Repairs, replace roofs, medical, debris clean-up, and door-to-door welfare checks. Projects change and are updated as needs change.
January 2018 Disaster Recovery Trip
"Following the Maria we had no power, lights or water. PNW for Puerto Rico Relief in Oregon sent us 3 boxes of a radio, battery light that was so bright is light the whole house the neighbors thoght we had light, water, canned chicken, canned tuna, peanut butter, beef jerky, water tablets to clean water to drink, pasta and spaghetti sauce, chilii, chocolate for the kids, oatmeal , tea, and so much. We were 3 weeks without food and were so hungry and they send us these boxes. We were beyond hungry. We were so happy and God Bless them. "
Logo made up of Sherri's own design, the US Puerto Rican Island in their flag colors, surrounded by the State of Oregon (part of the Pacific Northwest) in a supporting nature with our name, PNW for Puerto Rico Relief.
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE UPCOMING RELIEASE OF OUR NEW MEN'S T-SHIRTS AND TANK TOPS
WOMEN'S T-SHIRTS AND TANK TOPS
We will have various colors to select from and wll be available on-line and at our events for purchase/donation
July 9, 2018 Tropical Storm Beryl
The storm hit Puerto Rico on July 9th bringing up to 4 inches of rain and 50 mph winds in areas causing heavy flooding, mudslides to already heavily damaged areas that have not yet recovered from Maria. A river in Naranjito busted over the banks, trees and boulders are down blocking roads. Blue Tarps were tore off of homes. These tarps are only suppose to last 30-60 days, not 10 months. 60,000 people were without power, and up to 20,000 are still without power, many still after 10 months. 9,000 Americans lost water. This is only the 1st storm of the 2018 season.