#UML4PuertoRico – A UMass Lowell initiative to provide sustained support and relief to Puerto Rican communities affected by Hurricane Maria.
A combination of NOAA satellite images taken at night shows Puerto Rico in July (top), and on Sept. 24, 2017, after Hurricane Maria knocked out the island's power grid. NASA/NOAA/Handout/Reuters
On September 20, 2017 Puerto Rico was devastated by category 4 Hurricane Maria. Over 4 months after the initial devastation, Puerto Rico is still in great need and is working to rebuild.
It is our goal to work collaboratively within the UMass Lowell community to support Puerto Rico. There are many within our UMass Lowell community who have been directly impacted because they have family on the island.
Massachusetts has the fifth highest population of Puerto Ricans so the impact to our greater community is pretty extensive.
This past fall 50 boxes of supplies were collected and sent to Puerto Rico.
We are currently collecting seeds for the UMass Lowell Puerto Rico Seed Campaign through March 1, 2018.
Drop-off location: Office of Multicultural Affairs University Crossing Suite 366.
Learn More About the Puerto Rico Seed ProjectDonate Funds Online To Purchase Seeds
Homes lay in ruin as seen from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter during a flyover of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Worst natural disaster on record in Dominica & Puerto Rico.
Estimated damages caused by Maria world-wide.
Estimated time for all power to be restored.
Strength of Hurricane Maria when it hit Puerto Rico
Sustained Winds when Maria made landfall
Minutes it took for flood waters to rise 6 feet
Want to help but don't know where to start? Your online donation will be used to purchase seeds for the Puerto Rico Seed Project.