Manhattan Youth Cares: Supporting Puerto Rico in Recovery

For: Puerto Rico
New York, NY
Organizer: Manhattan Youth
Manhattan Youth Cares: Supporting Puerto Rico in Recovery (Puerto Rico)
of $20,000 goal
78% Complete
Raised by 29 donors

The Story

The Manhattan Youth community shares the concern with New Yorkers everywhere about shortages and the slow pace of recovery in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Our own community learned how helpful donors and volunteers can be after September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Already, the young people on our Manhattan Youth Tritons swim team have mobilized our community to help Puerto Rico, raising more than $17,000 so far and gaining print and TV attention for the cause.

I ask you to join our young people by making your gift to help Puerto Rico, so we can reach our goal of $27,000 to assist two community organizations:

1)   Club de Natación de Caguas  

This community swim club in Caguas, Puerto Rico provides swim lessons to local children, much like our aquatics program at Manhattan Youth. Our swim team has raised over $17,000 to help complete necessary repairs for their pool and equipment so that children can continue to swim and participate in other programming. We have already sent the $17,000 raised by our swim team to Club de Natación, but we are not yet done helping them to rebuild.

2)   Asociación Comunitaria LLanos Tuna

This is a community center in Cabo Rojo, a remote section of the island that was destroyed by hurricane Maria. We are helping the people rebuild this vital center of their community life and making sure the new community center remains viable during future storms and power outages. Your gifts will help us provide equipment such as refrigerators and generators to keep them running when needed. We will, of course, also bring some food and music to keep spirits high!

Please be our partner. We urge you to watch this moving video of children who swim at Club de Natación de Caguas expressing their gratitude to our swim team and all who have supported their recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Next month, I will travel to Puerto Rico along with Assistant Director of Membership Blake Ruiz and Sports Coordinator Frank Alameda, where we will meet with both of these organizations. 100 percent of funds contributed to this effort will be delivered to these organizations; my staff and I will use private funds for our transportation, room and board.

Please give generously. We need your support to ensure these organizations can rebuild. Puerto Rico continues to have blackouts and many people are still without power. This is direct giving - community to community - so you know your contribution will be used carefully and wisely.

When our community suffered calamities, people from around the world helped us. Now it is our turn to help - the people of Puerto Rico need us!


Bob Townley

Founder and Executive Director
Manhattan Youth

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 16, 2018

Posted on March 16, 2018

Hi everyone, we have raised 75% of the goal thanks to your generosity. If you haven't donated yet, please consider donating $5 to $10 to help us reach our goal. Every dollar counts!

Posted on March 16, 2018


Posted on March 16, 2018

We believe in the power of community and working together. With time still left to spare before our Executive Director, Assistant Director of Membership and Sports Coordinator depart for Puerto Rico, we are now seeking to raise $20,000 for these organizations with your support!

Please support us in meeting our new goal for Club de Natación de Caguas and Asociación Comunitaria LLanos Tuna. Every donation helps make a difference. 

Posted on March 16, 2018


Posted on March 16, 2018

Dear Friends,

We did it! Thanks to your generous support, we have raised over $15,000 superseding our original goal of $5,000 for Club de Natación de Caguas and Asociación Comunitaria LLanos Tuna. On behalf of all of us at Manhattan Youth, we wish to thank you for your donations which will help provide direct and critical support to ensure that these organizations can rebuild. 

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