Adopt Comerio Today!

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Adopt Comerio Now!

Carmen & Evelyn Hernandez have together pledged $20,000 to this life-saving initiative. This week we have placed an order of food aid (rice, beans, and canned meat) for immediate local delivery  to Comerio.  Clayco, Inc. has also generously donated their company plane to assist us in delivering medicines and other aid on November 1, 2017.   We have created this campaign so YOU CAN help keep this momentum going. 

Puerto Rico has been devastated by Hurricane Maria, creating a humanitarian crisis across the island. Unfortunately, aid has been slow and what you may not know is that while some aid is beginning to arrive, there is a desperate need for food and water across the island.  Comerio , a small town in the central mountains with 20,000 residents, is one of the towns in desperate need of food aid.  During the hurricane, the river rose over 80ft into the town causing catastrophic destruction, leaving 7000 households destroyed with no electricity and the town with no food or potable (drinking) water. 

As of October 12, 2017, more than 3 weeks after Hurricane Maria, FEMA and the National Guard have not fully addressed the lack of food and drinking water in this town.  The mayor, Josian Santiago, who has served this town for 16 years, said in an interview that people are drinking from a contaminated creek and are down to one meal a day and NO drinking water!  

He is desperately asking for our help and has provided us a list of food and medical supplies he needs to save the lives of those living in Comerio.

We would like to #AdoptComerioNow, bypassing all the red tape and getting supplies immediately to the people of Comerio.  We have partnered with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax Exempt Id # E9941-9017-02)("SRBCC"), for distribution to the hardest hit areas on the island.  

SRBCC has agreed to help us get food and other hurricane relief to Comerio NOW.  In collaboration with SRBCC, we will :  
 - Source market priced food, aid and disaster relief supplies from LOCAL suppliers on the island and can procure these goods locally for faster delivery of aid to Comerio;
- Procure additional food, supplies and medicine to be shipped via donated private flights for delivery to Comerio; and/or
- Coordinate the purchase of medicine, water filtration systems, and solar lighting supplies which will be transported to Comerio WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS (Nov. 1, 2017) via private plane generously donated by Clayco Inc.

Any remaining funds after these initiatiaves are fullfilled may be donated via SRBCC directly to the Municipality of Comerio hurricane disaster relief account: “ComerioSeLevanta” which remains tax deductible under IRS Code 170(c) and IRS Publication 526.

We are committed to supporting these efforts and ask you to join us today in helping to deliver needed hurricane disaster relief to Comerio, Puerto Rico.

You can make a real difference in the lives of Americans in Comerio.

Please donate today!

SRBCC is a member of the Puerto Rican Agenda, a non-profit organization ("PRA"), and the fiscal agent (administrator) of the Pallets and Planes Program.  SRBCC has agreed that funds raised from this page will be designated to purchase hurricane relief aid for Comerio including through: (i) the Pallets and Planes program administered by SRBCC if directed for delivery to Comerio; (ii) aid through food and medical supplies procured by SRBCC from local distributorships with competitive pricing for direct delivery to Comerio; (iii) aid through food, medical and disaster relief supplies purchased by SRBCC in the United States and shipped to Comerio i.e. water filters, solar lighting, batteries, medicines, or other items requested by Comerio for public use); and/or (iv) deposits into the ComerioSeLevanta tax deductible.

All donations greater than $250.00 will receive a tax deductibility donation letter from SRBCC in the first calendar quarter of next year before tax returns are due.  Smaller donations do not require this letter, as you may submit cancelled checks or credit card receipts as evidence of the donation to SRBCC for tax deduction purposes if audited.  You may consult with your tax advisor to confirm.
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We are excited to send out this final update and to announce that the #AdoptComerio initiative has come to a successful conclusion.

We recently returned from the final phase of the #AdoptComerio hurricane relief effort. We are thrilled to announce that we were able to use all remaining funds (approx.. $37,000) to deliver a set of windproof windows and doors to 30 needy families severely impacted by Hurricane Maria. These families received financial assistance from FEMA for re-building costs but not sufficient for completing construction.

We are blessed, THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT, to have been able to impact so many needy families in the mountain town of Comerio. We couldn’t have done it without the generous support of ALL donors (large and small), including Carolyn Gable who donated 30 special “Believe” packets containing a $100 bill and inspirational note cards to each of these families for a total gift of $3,000.

In total over the course of the AdoptComerio campaign, we were able to raise over $80K which was distributed directly to the people of Comerio in the form of food, medicines, solar lights, water filtration systems and building supplies.

We thank Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) for all their help acting as our fiscal agent and for waiving all administrative fees through March 1, 2018 and a small fee of 3% for any donations thereafter.

We also thank corporate sponsors Takeda Pharmaceuticals (for its matching donations) and Clayco Inc. (for donating its airplane during Phase I).

We have seen firsthand the devastation Hurricane Maria had on the town of Comerio and the positive impact that your kind donations have had on this beautiful town and this resilient and kind-hearted community.

Gracias a todos!

Evelyn & Carmen Hernandez
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Phase 3 of our #AdoptComerio Hurricane Relief campaign has officially launched! Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Comerio is still working to turn the lights on. This third and final phase will be implemented over the next few weeks, culminating in a celebration ceremony and presentation in Comerio on May 6, 2018.

During the next couple of weeks, we will be distributing all remaining donations to needy families who are in the process of rebuilding their homes but need additional assistance because they either didn’t receive sufficient funds from FEMA or did not qualify for assistance from FEMA.

We are hoping to be able to help 25 families in this phase of our relief efforts. Each family will be receiving one door and four windows (rated as security windows and doors with high wind resistance) from our local supplier and co-sponsor, Ortram, who will be providing the materials below cost. We hope that these efforts will allow these families to finish rebuilding by June 1st, when hurricane season begins again in Puerto Rico.

The more funds we raise between now and May 6, the more needy families we can support! Please consider donating to this critical phase of our campaign. United we can help our fellow citizens!

Remember no amount is too small. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Don't forget you can also follow the relief efforts on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/adoptcomerio/
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Happy Friday Everyone!

We are getting ready to kick-off Phase III (final phase) to deploy funds raised through our AdoptComerio campaign to aid families still needing to rebuild their homes due to Hurricane Maria, either because they did not qualify for aid from FEMA or did not receive sufficient funds to fully rebuild their homes.

This phase will be our final fundraising effort so please if you haven't given or haven't given in 2018, please do so if you are able. It is through your amazingly generous donations that we have been able to directly help so many Comerio residents devastated by Hurricane Maria.

We also wanted to let you know that total administrative fees for 2017 donations and first quarter 2018 donations consisted only of GoFundMe administrative fees of approximately 3%. However, any donations received for Phase III on or after 3/1/18 will be subject to an additional 5% fee to Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) to cover their administrative costs of acting as our fiscal, non-profit administrative agent, for total administrative fees of approximately 8%. We are proud that these fees continue to be less than those charged by other charitable aid agencies.

Thank you again for all your prior support. We look forward to sharing additional details, pictures, and videos about our final Phase III efforts in Comerio.

Remember no amount is too small. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Please help spread the word by sharing on your wall!

Don't forget you can also follow the relief efforts on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/adoptcomerio/
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Big Thanks to all of you who attended today's charity workout sessions sponsored by Chicago Performance Fit.

We also wanted to thank Chicago Performance Fit and Lisa Neimark for organizing this event.

We are so excited to announce that we raised over $2,000 to help those in Comerio, PR who were devastated by Hurricane Maria!

For those of you who weren't able to make today's event or aren't in the Chicago area, no worries, you can still contribute to this worthwhile initiative.

2018 is a brand new year so please consider donating to the campaign. There are still so many people without clean water, electricity and basic necessities.

Remember no amount is too small. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Please help spread the word by sharing on your wall!

Don't forget you can also follow the relief efforts on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/adoptcomerio/
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$40,939 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 235 people in 12 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
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