Welcome to PNW for Puerto Rico Relief

We are better together

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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.


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Helping to put the pieces back together again......

Mission

Helping to put the pieces back together again.....



VISION


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. 

Who we are

Nicky Colo'n

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.   

Sherri Colo'n

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. 

Volunteers

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. 

Humanitarian Aid

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

  1. Humanity
  2. Neutrality
  3. Impartiality
  4. Independence


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


  • Food - Ensuring food donations are culturally, age, and nutritionally appropriate as well as if they are non-perishable and not expired.  
  • Water & Filtration Systems - Providing clean, uncontaminated water for consumption is crucial. 9,000 residents are still without clean water.  EPA cautions against well water due to safety concerns.  We provide 2.5 & 1 gallon containers of water to families for drinking and cooking.  Water filters of all kinds are needed to help decrease and prevent water borne disease and even death.  We are also accepting  and handing our Water Purification Pills ONLY tablets which kill micro-organisms inwater to prevent cholera, typhoid, dysentery and other water borne disease. Aquatabs are the best. 
  • Non-consumables - When the hurricane hit, residents lost everything they owned.  We give them toilet tissue, hygiene products, paper plates/cups/towels, clothing, linens,  diapers, solar lights, soaps of all kinds and so much more so everyone is able to maintenance some level of human decency and dignity.
  • Medical - PNW for Puerto Rico provides free medical care on our missions to Puerto Rico, free medications/prescriptions given by only by licenced medical professionals, medical devices, welfare checks, follow-ups, contacting agencies in emergency situations, free health clinics and so much more.  Most of the people in the mountainous regions are still without power and water, passable roads or cars as they were destroyed in the hurricanes.  They  must walk or rely on others for transportation.  We also assist financialy with those who cannot health care in dire need of cancer, diabetic, and surgery needs.  
  • Residential Repairs - After 10 months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, there are thousands of peoples homes, where they live that remain with "FEMA Blue Tarps" that are only good for 30-60 days.  We help replace, and repair the roofs, any home repairs that need to be done, orphange structures by contractors, or doing it ourselves.
  •  Education - We assist the schools that were hit the hardest and ones that have had to been condensed from 4 schools into 1 with supplies, books, backpacks, snacks, computers (some schools have 1 computer per school), and assistance with school clothing (uniforms).  Many parents are still trying to recover and get back on their feet and cannot afford breakfast, lunches, replace uniforms, regular clothing, backpacks, school supplies, etc)

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.

Donation Drives

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.

Care & Supply Packages

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. 

Puerto Rico Dance & Dinner Fundraiser by PNW for Puerto Rico Relief Nov 2017

Fundraisers & Events


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.

Who We Are Helping

School Children

Assisting the schools in:


  • Replacing such simple supplies such as crayons, glue, pencils, notebooks that were destroyed and the parents are unable to purchase.


  • Purchasing and replacing workbooks, updating educational material from 1970's encyclopedias to current learning material.


  • Purchase at least 3 computers per school to bring higher education to all K-12 children


  • Bring current in Vaccinations- Hurricane Maria put the children's vaccination's schedules behind and left a shortage of  supply


  • Oral Hygiene - Providing all K-12 children with oral hygiene kits and teaching them how to properly care for their teeth and the importance of their over all health and their teeth.



Families - Infants to the Elderly

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:

  • Water & water filtration systems
  • Low Dose Asprin
  • Children's Tylenol
  • Pedialyte
  • Diapers -All sizes & wipes
  • Cold & Flu Medications
  • Cortizone Creme
  • Mosquito Barrier
  • Boost or any Nutritional Drink
  • Blood Pressure Monitors
  • Glucose Monitors & Strips
  • Oral Hygiene
  • All hygiene- Men, women, child
  • Battery Powered Respirators
  • Care Kits (Cancer, Dialysis, etc)
  • Walkers & Canes
  • All glasses
  • Generators 
  • Electrical Cords
  • Home Depot Cards (for home repairs to purchase plywood for their roofs, chainsaws to remove fallen trees/poles, patch leeks etc, )
  • PAPER plates, cups, towels
  • Toilet paper
  • All types of soaps
  • Yard/Working Gloves Men/Women
  • Trash Bags
  • Sanitizer Spray, Lysol, Wipes, and Hand Sanitizer
  • Solar Power Lights
  • Vegetable Seeds

American Veterans, Military & their families

Providing lights, fresh food, water,  medications, hygiene, care kits, health care, food, water, transportation assistance, generators, power cords, and building supplies. 


  • 300,000 World War II - Afghanistan Vets, 
  • 38,000+ Active duty Army, Navy & Air Force
  • 10,000+ Army & Navy Reserves and National Guard.


  • More than 348,000 United States Puerto Rican Military, Vets and their families endured Hurricanes Irma & Maria just like all the rest of the Americans on the islands.   Many still without basic needs of power and water. They served our country, this is the least we can give back.


  • Did you know Puerto Rico has 5 Military Bases?  Puerto Rico also has American Legions, and VFW's (Veterans of Foreign Wars). 


  • Puerto Rico has been "officially" serving in the US Military since 1899 in every small & major conflict in what the United States has participated in for the past twelve decades.  

Volunteer Needed of all ages

Thank you to our gracious Sponsors & Donors

Washington County Sheriff's Dept.

Newberg  & Beaverton Fred Meyers

Unlseashed by Petco

Newberg Bakery

Showcase Flowers

Round Table Pizza - Newberg and Beaverton

Kris and Denise Zimmerman

Artistic Bliss Photography

Susan Day - Artist in Yahmill, 

Rich & Sheila Burkhart

Linda Clites

John Burkhart

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Vida Ice Arbonen Consultant Regional 

Marta Bones

John Hesh

Newberg Rotary

Crunch - Beaverton

Paradise Harley Davidson

Bob Lampher's Beaverton Motorcycles

Main St. Stamp & Stationery

Cheesecakes by Jen

Not Just Old Bags

Allison Inn

Adams Screenprint

Evelyn Stewart

TVF&R

Bubba's Barbers - Newberg

Garden Home Bale's  Lamb's Thrifway

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate

Chehalem Cultural Center

Dormer's Embordery

NW Fresh Seafood

Pulp & Circumstance

Sports Clips

Yamhill County Antiques

Sign-on

Albany American Legion Post 10

Rick and Teresa Maurmann - VRBO

Mariana Sandoval - Banner Bank

Ace Hardware

Gourmetbaskets.com

Critter Cabana

Arbor Hills Dental - Dr. Toy

Royal Dental Care - Dr. Guiterrez

Physician Assistant- Erika Jean

Dobbs Estate Vinyard

Nothing bundt Cakes - Beaverton

Kim Turner & James 

Wondering Butterflies

Youth 4 Vets 

St. Mathews Lutheran Churc

Contact Us

PNW for Puerto RIco Relief

Newberg, OR 97132

Contact: 503-757-3391

Email: pnw.puertoricorelief@yahoo.com


Nicky Colo'n

President & Co-Founder


Sherri Colo'n

Executive Director & Co-Founder

PNW for Puerto Rico Relief

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Forms and Flyers

Volunteer Application (pdf)

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PNW Brochure 18 (pdf)

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Newberg Festival Flyer (pdf)

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Our Programs

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. 


  •  Mental Health & Dental Care Program
  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Residential Reconstruction & Repair Assistance
  • K- 12 Educational Assistance
  • Continued Missing Persons Search

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,

Announce coming events

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

Puerto Rico

Real testimonials

"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. "

T-shirts

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



Updated News on Puerto Rico

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. 

What PNW for Puerto Rico has done Since September 2017

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