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.
PNW (Pacific Northwest) for Puerto Rico Relief is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit disaster relief charitable organization in Newberg, Oregon providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid to all Puerto Rico's survivors that were affected by Hurricane Irma & Maria in September 2017 still in dire need. These two back to back hurricanes took no mercy on a single person, animal or the 3 islands of Puerto Rico.
PNW for Puerto Rico Relief does not have any paid employees, however, runs on Volunteers that believe in our mission and give so selflessly of their time and hearts.
100% of all contributions received, goes straight to those affected by the hurricanes. We locate and focus on the most needed people and communities that have not received aid and still without services. The funds are utilized to provide clean water, much needed medications and medical devices, light sources, materials to help rebuild and repair homes, and replace educational supplies in deeply affected areas. Due to the great need of various items and services in Puerto Rico, our charity relies on donations, grants, and contributions from gracious donors and sponsorship's.
Helping to put the pieces back together again.....
Providing, updating, and replacing K-12 educational materials, promoting community health and mental well-being by going to great lengths in planning, extensive collaborative projects, and community action.
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.
PNW for Puerto Rico is providing short to long-term assistance until long-term government help is able to step in, or until human lives are no longer in danger and restored to 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 400 boxes to Puerto Rico since September 28, 2017 directly to families, schools, adult care facilities, and churches. Without the help of our Newberg, Beaverton and Tigard, Oregon communities, and Newberg Mail Room, this would not have been possible.
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 on the beaches of Isabella, on basketball courts in Luquilla, living with neighbors, rain pouring into your home in the highest hills of the mountains, fixing their homes with found materials as the majority have been denied any aid from FEMA.
As of Feburary 2018, the most needed items are:
Providing lights, fresh food, water, medications, hygiene and care kits, health care, food, water and transportation assistance
Police, firefighters and Homeland Security are the heart of keeping the island moving and safe. The media had reported that all had gone on strike, called in sick or not shown up for work. The media has reported wrong. On our mission, we spoke to many first responders and always saw patrols:
Homeland Security officers told us the same thing, they are living on the outskirts of Mayaguez, same as others with no electric and clean water, but go to work everyday. They wanted us to let people in the 50 states know that the people in Puerto Rico think they have been forgotten and that conditions are still bad.
PNW for Puerto Rico Relief came home and let people know, they are not forgotten, that outside of San Juan and Ricon, it is still a horrific crisis and people need help desperately. The people that are protecting the American Citizens are having to protect themselves and their families.
PNW for Puerto Rico Relief wants to help relieve the burden by providing temporary homes so their families can be together again, healthy meals and adequate health care.
When you have a choice of feeding yourself or your pet, sometimes it is a hard one, and sometimes the love of your pet gives you no choice and you share. Our small Pet Food Bank made up of donated goods, gives assistance so there doesn't have to be a choice.
The shelters are overly full and cannot take on more cats and dogs. The shelters are in need of assistance of:
Many, many horses are left tied up on short leads with no water or food all day in the hot sun or rain. We will be provding buckets of water and adequate and appropriate food for these horses as many are starving.
Food Security - Puerto Rico has a year-round growing season and can utilize their land to grow produce instead of paying the exorbitant prices to import, thus saving millions of dollars and families able to afford fresh produce. This will also put farmer's back in business, and help Puerto Rico towards independence. Puerto Rico would rather not receive aid. They do not have the tools or the means to get to back to planting, growing and selling their produce. They are still in crisis mode.
PNW for Puerto Rico Relief wants to start with obtaining seeds and growing material for the citizens so that they may start with personal and community gardens. The soil has changed and there is limited foods that can be grown in a tropical climate. Since Oregonians are wonderful gardeners, it would be more than perfect to have a team go to Puerto Rico and help start container gardens as well as community gardens and go from there.
We want to thank Vanguard Charitable for the most amazing grant from one of their donors yesterday, 2/16/18 and for whom ever made this donation, we want you to know that this is going to help many communities in Puerto Rico. It will help repair homes, provide educational books, computers and supplies, water, life saving medical devices and much more. We just can't thank you enough!
Thank you to Professor Gary Buhler and his art students for creating the most amazing art piece of Puerto Rico for our fundraiser.
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 VP Independ
Crunch - Beaverton
Paradise Harley Davidson
Bob Lampher's Beaverton Motorcycles
Main St. Stamp & Stationery
Cheesecakes by Jen
Not Just Old Bags
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
Taqueria Kopitos in Newberg
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
PNW for Puerto RIco Relief
806 Sitka Ave
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 during the hurricanes and recent March 5th Flooding.
We can only continue to provide these services and programs while our funding and contributions are available, and this is where we need your help.
We plan of having some fun fundraising events and something for everyone. Through out 2018 - 2020 we will have new and recurring events. If you have any ideas, or would like to help, we would like to hear from you.
"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
SOFT CAP HATS
We will have various colors to select from and wll be available on-line and at our events for purchase/donation