Google is Helping Puerto Rico
Google is helping Puerto Rico. Google has launched a fundraiser from June 8th until June 20th to assist our fellow Americans in the island. They've partnered up with Lin-Manuel Miranda to help Puerto Rico's economy recover. On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria mercilessly struck Puerto Rico. The damage was catastrophic. The people are suffering. Over 4600 Puerto Ricans have died with hundreds of bodies still unaccounted for at morgues. Nearly 9 months later, almost 8,000 homes still do not have power. Its economy has collapsed. But Google is helping Puerto Rico and stepping up. They are matching up to $2 million in donations to help Puerto Rico's businesses reopen. Justin Steele, Americas Lead at Google.org, stated:
“This is actually the first time we’re ever going to pilot trying to see if we can draw the public’s attention back to the recovery effort. We felt like small businesses were going to be particularly important in the recovery, given that 10,000 small businesses have still not reopened and one of every three workers in Puerto Rico is employed by a small- or medium-sized business.”
Google is known for their humanitarian efforts. When Maria hit Puerto Rico from SOS Alerts to Project Loon, the company has been active in assisting the island since the beginning. They are giving 100% of all donations to two organizations: Mercy Corps and The Hispanic Federation.
Lin-Manuel Miranda expressed his sincere gratitude to Google and the public:
"I am grateful to Google.org for their commitment to helping Puerto Rico in such an impactful way. Everyone on the island is working hard every day to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. This new campaign comes at the perfect time to harness the robust energy and enthusiasm still felt by people all over the world. I'm happy to do whatever I can to help raise awareness."