SAN JUAN – To meet the most pressing needs of various communities in the face of COVID-19, the most recent edition of the Friendly Hand Program of the Plaza Las Américas and Plaza Del Caribe Foundations focused their aid in the areas of education, health, prevention and continuity of programs cultural. For this reason, the foundations today announced the granting of donations to 17 entities around the Island, which will directly impact the lives of approximately 14,000 people, with aid that amounts to more than $ 190,000.
“The COVID-19 epidemic has disrupted the way non-profit organizations offer support to those communities most in need. We have witnessed how education has been interrupted and conditioned only to be able to be imparted remotely, which is not always consistent with the economic or intellectual capacities of each of our children and young people. We have also witnessed how economic activity has suffered globally. And more importantly, like many older adults and people with health conditions that require consecutive attention, they have suffered deterioration, in many cases irreversible, due to the fear of having to go out for treatment and expose themselves to possible infections. For this reason, once again, we extended our helping hand to adjust to those needs and to be able to give some respite to those organizations selected to continue with their commendable work of education, prevention and health care for those who serve them ”, said Jaime Fonalledas Rubert, president of the Plaza Las Américas Foundation and the Plaza Del Caribe Foundation.
The non-profit organizations benefiting from this special edition were: Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, Ponce Neighborhood Housing Service, Inc., Boys & Girls Club, Instituto Nueva Escuela, Sociedad Pro-Hospital del Niño, Fundación Attention Attention, Andanza, Inc. , La Casa del Libro, Association of United Communities Taking Solidarity Action (ACUTA), La Milagrosa School Home, Ferrán and Punta Diamante Service Center, Pediatric Diabetes Foundation, La Fondita de Jesús Corporation, YMCA San Juan, FIDECOOP and Sociedad de Education and Rehabilitation of PR (SER).
The selected entities will attend to various needs within what this pandemic has been:
- Academic education needs in the face of COVID– aimed at those programs that facilitate and provide alternatives for access to the K-12 school curriculum. Examples: virtual education, computers or internet access for students or teachers, installation of equipment to meet distancing requirements, training or training to deliver courses over the Internet to teachers, tutorials or training on distance education for students.
- Hygiene needs and prevention of contagion COVID- to facilitate and provide access to personal protective equipment to communities of older adults, minors or health service providers.
- Health needs not related to COVID-19-for those organizations that have been deprived or relegated to the background by the emergency of COVID-19 and that are part of the chronic diseases identified in Puerto Rico during 2019, namely: diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, asthma and arthritis, among other.
- Needs of cultural organizations affected by COVID-19- whose offerings of primary services to the community have been impacted by the involuntary closure of their operations and who can provide them under the current reality.
It should be noted that in this edition, and for the first time, the sewing industry is being supported through FIDECOOP and its Coop Hub program for the production of personal protective equipment. Over 3,000 surgical gowns will be produced and destined for the 78 COVID-19 tracking teams in Puerto Rico of the Municipal System for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing (SMICRC).
The Plaza Las Américas and Plaza Del Caribe Foundations, through the Mano Amiga Program, have been active and contributing to the well-being of the communities since 2016, having granted more than $ 1.6 million in donations to over 140 organizations.
Entities have opportunities to submit their proposals twice a year. These proposals are evaluated by a designated panel and subsequently, those non-profit organizations that were benefited are announced. The next period in which entities will be able to submit their proposals for consideration of the program will be in March 2021. For more information, you can contact Ms. Mangie Figueroa at (787) 474-7451.