Hurricane Relief Fund Growing

(The following story was published in The New Britain Herald on September 30, 2017.)

Hurricane Relief Fund Growing

By Skyler Frazer
New Britain Herald

NEW BRITAIN – The newly created Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund has already received more than $20,000 in donations.

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain made a $5,000 donation to the fund on Friday to compliment the American Savings Foundation’s donation of $10,000. Other donations by members of the community have totaled more than $5,000.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we are proud to support this fund and hopeful that our gesture not only helps those in need, but inspires others to join with us,” said CFGNB Board President Larry Tanner.

Maria Falvo, president and CEO of the ASF, shared a similar sentiment as her colleague.

“Our mission is to support children, youth, and families in our communities,” said Maria Falvo, President and CEO of the American Savings Foundation. “By contributing to the Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund, we are supporting local families as they and their loved ones face the long road toward recovery from the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Maria.”

The Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund was established by the CFGNB last week in partnership with the American Savings Foundation, HRA of New Britain and with leadership from Mayor Erin Stewart and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, D-New Britain.

The CFGNB and ASF have pledged to cover all administrative fees related to the fund to ensure that 100-percent of donations go to help hurricane victims and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Grants will be made from the fund primarily to community action agencies serving Puerto Rico who will be assisting victims of the Hurricane long after the emergency efforts end. A committee with representatives from HRA of New Britain, the ASF and the CFGNB – among others – will participate in the granting process.