Jersey City leads Relief Efforts for Families Devastated by Earthquake in Puerto Rico
Fundraising Goal of $200,000 in Relief Aid will provide Essential Supplies to Areas Left in Peril
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Councilman at Large, Daniel Rivera, announce a resolution to adopt four cities in Puerto Rico devastated by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake and damaging aftershocks earlier this month. With a fundraising goal of $200,000, Jersey City officials are leading efforts to provide recovery assistance for families in the most affected areas. The resolution being presented at the next City Council meeting identifies Ponce, Guayanila, Yauco, and Guanica as the four cities to receive all proceeds raised by Jersey City for rebuilding efforts.
“We want to stand in solitude with our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico who lost their homes and everything they own in the last month,” said Councilman at Large Rivera. “We have a large Hispanic population here in Jersey City, many of whom have family who still live in Puerto Rico. We need to come together to help Puerto Rico bounce back, especially the families unexpectedly left living in perilous situations, which is why we’ll host an event on February 1st to kickoff fundraising efforts.”
The first fundraiser for “Operation Temblor Puerto Rico JC” will be held on February 1, 2020 at the Harborside Atrium with all proceeds being donated directly to the earthquake relief fund.
Just two years ago, 1.3 million pounds of food, water, diapers, and other essential supplies were collected when Councilman at Large Rivera lead Jersey City’s relief efforts after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017. Faced with the daunting task to rebuild yet again, this latest fundraising drive will directly help the battered island with financial assistance for families as they work to get their lives back in order.
“This is a time when the strength of our diversity really shines through in the darkness of devastation, and I hope we can really make a difference to help reset the course for the thousands of people picking up the pieces in the aftermath of the earthquake,” said Mayor Fulop. “We want to do all we can to help and show Puerto Rico as much support as possible during this difficult time.”
Tickets for the upcoming Operation Temblor Puerto Rico JC fundraiser are $100 per person, with all proceeds directly assisting affected families. The February 1st event will be held at the Harborside Atrium located at 210 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Special thanks to our following partners on this initiative including Jersey City Puerto Rican Parade Committee, Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado, Hudson County Board Of Chosen Freeholders, Hudson County Latino Caucus, Carevel Foundation, Puertorriquenos Asociados for Community Organization (PACO), Hispanic American Law Enforcement Association, Laborers International Union of North America Local 3, Jersey City Hispanic Firefighters Society, New Jersey State Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association and More4Amor Foundation.