Below you will find various relief efforts taking place throughout the City of Bridgeport. You will also find tips from FEMA on how you can best help. For more information about a particular fundraiser please contact the administrators of that particular project.
For Hurricane Maria, there are three ways that the public can most effectively and efficiently help provide support for survivors in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
FEMA does not transport donations collected by local, tribal, territorial or state government or collected by private sector, non-governmental organizations, or NVOAD from point of collection to impacted areas.
The fastest way to help – cash is best
The most effective means to support recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Maria is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations. This gives these organizations the ability to purchase what survivors need right now. In addition, when these organizations purchase goods or services locally, they pump money back into the local and regional economy, helping businesses recover faster.
It is important to remember unsolicited donated goods (e.g., clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs) require voluntary agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
Anyone seeking an opportunity to get involved in response and recovery operations underway is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations.
Thank you for your interest in helping the survivors of Hurricane Maria. When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country. We are currently seeking talented and hard-working people to help support the hurricane response and recovery efforts.
Scott T. Appleby, CEM
Director of OEMHS
Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
581 North Washington Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604