Fund set up locally for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Published on Sunday, 24 September 2017 22:11
Written by Erica Schmitt

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - City leaders are taking bipartisan action to help Puerto Ricans recovering from Hurricane Maria.

The Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Fund was established by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain and the American Savings Foundation, through the efforts of Mayor Erin Stewart, state Rep. Bobby Sanchez and Marlo Greppone of HRA New Britain.

The coalition’s goal is to provide financial aid to the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans affected by the hurricane, some of whom have relatives who live locally.

“Our hearts ache for those in Puerto Rico as well as their families and friends right here in and around New Britain,” said David Obedzinski, president of the Community Foundation. “One element of our mission is to partner with others, lead where we can and lift up our communities. This partnership is our opportunity to respond and help those in need as quickly as we can.”

The fund aims to serve as a charitable hub for those in Greater New Britain and surrounding communities who want to support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

The Community Foundation and American Savings Foundation have pledged to cover all administrative fees, ensuring that 100 percent of donations go to the intended cause.

The fund will provide grants to several community action agencies in Puerto Rico, which are assisting victims. Donations can be made at

Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Sunday, 24 September 2017 22:11. Updated: Sunday, 24 September 2017 22:13.