Dorado, Puerto Rico
of $350,000 goal
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The Story

Among the many ways to support the citizens of Puerto Rico right now... 

Here’s one you can count on.

In the destruction left by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans are struggling to meet basic needs. In our community of Dorado, 625 families lost their homes and 1,170 families have no roofs. You can help the Jane Stern Dorado Community Library (JSDCL) use its 7 neighborhood hubs to provide immediate, practical services to hurricane survivors.


At a time when gas is in short supply, JSDCL has 7 locations in walking distance for thousands of people in the barrios of Dorado, Vega Alta and Vega Baja. JSDCL served 52,000 visitors last year. For 43 years, we have supported our community with essential resources and learning opportunities.

We urgently need your help to reopen. Our scheduled, island-based funding was a casualty of Hurricane Maria. We have commitments to match the first $60,000 donated on this site. 

With your donation, JSDCL will benefit those impacted by Maria at this critical time, so they can:

  • Begin to recover from the trauma in a space where we all can share our stories.
  • Receive academic support while public schools remain closed.
  • Regain a sense of stability by connecting with familiar staff, teachers, friends and neighbors.
  • Return to structured activities like band practice, Lego club and story time.
  • Get relief from the heat with fans and drinking water.

Our staff and Board are working towards the day when our 152 computers and air-conditioning will be available to our community again.  For many of our members, this is their only access to computers, free wifi and online resources, SAT prep, math tutoring, IT training, summer learning and the arts.

Until we are able to open our doors, we are bringing JSDCL to the Emergency Center and shelters, beginning with aid assistance, tutoring, band concerts, books and games.

To track our progress, please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/JSDCL.

Puerto Rico will be rebuilt community by community. Your donation will help jumpstart a trusted Puerto Rican institution that has grown over generations. Please give generously!

As a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

"There is no end to what a community library can do; for it is beholden to no outside entity except the community it serves.” Jane Stern

Our libraries are located in:

  • Barrio Dorado, Dorado
  • Barrio Higuillar, Dorado
  • Barrio Mameyal, Dorado
  • Barrio Maguayo, Dorado
  • Barrio Río Lajas, Dorado
  • Barrio Fortuño, Vega Alta
  • Barriada Sandín, Vega Baja

The Jane Stern Dorado Community Library is the heart of an engaged and enlightened community. 

We advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning and transform lives!


Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 19, 2018


Posted on January 19, 2018

🌞Here you see staff members, teachers, tutors and from the Jane Stern Dorado Community Library who are living without electricity in their homes since August/September receiving Little Sun solar phone chargers.

So far this week we are delivering:

To  Head Start programs:


~11 chargers to be use in the classrooms to support teachers and parents of communities without electric power. The classrooms are in Río Lajas (1), Jacana (2), Villa Santa (1), Higuillar (1), Quebrada Arenas (1), Puertos HS (1), Puertos EHS (2), Quebrada Cruz (2).

~19 chargers to  the JSDCL including teachers, tutors and satellite Library directors living or working without electricity

🌞Solar Lights:

~43 solar lights to the families in the Head Start Programs and the teachers in communities without electric power. The classrooms are in Quebrada Cruz (19 families and 3 teachers), Puertos (18 families and 3 teachers)

~75 solar lights to high school students to be given at an activity on the 25th of January in the JSDCL facility. This activity is to help students surpass the trauma of Hurricane Maria’s impact

~19 solar lights and chargers to the JSDCL including teachers, tutors and satellites directors. 

This project is one of 4 initiatives by JSDCL donors, board members and staff to create community solar charging stations in schools and chapels, and distribute solar phone chargers/lamps to educators and families living without electricity. 

250 lamps and phone charger/lamps were donated in the Dorado area, Utuado, Barranquitas, Yabucoa and more!

Today, 36% of residents continue to live or work without electricity (Status.pr)

Your support provides the infrastructure for this project. You make it possible for us to reach out with light and power charged by the sun, so that families can read, be safer at night, and communicate. Thank you!

Posted on December 11, 2017


Posted on December 11, 2017

Dear friends and supporters,

It is a challenge to keep with the news at the Jane Stern Dorado Community Library. Your belief in us, expressed by your notes and gifts, support our strides.

All ages are pouring into the Library for internet access, electricity, water, and air conditioning. During blackouts we hook up to generators to keep classes and the wifi hotspot humming, thanks to fans and LED lights.

All of our classes are running:• Band • Theater • Math • Yoga • College Board classes • Lego Club

The recovery process is ongoing at the 6 satellite libraries located in elementary schools in remote Dorado, Vega Alta and Vega Baja neighborhoods. These schools are on a half day schedule because they are without electricity.

Under extraordinary circumstances, your donations make it possible for us to provide a community space where children and families can

• begin to recover from the trauma

• access government recovery services online

• receive supplies, academic support,structured activities, and a community space to work and play 

New Initiatives in response to post Maria conditions:

In partnership with Save the Children, JSDCL sponsors 

• extended hours of class time so that teachers can catch up on critical math and reading skills

• preparing 51 high school seniors for College Boards

In partnership with Rotary Club, JSDCL has

• sponsored Thanksgiving boxes of food and necessities

• organized Thanksgiving of 250 hot meals and $50 gift cards, thanks to the generous donation of Eleni Pantaridis

• Introduced Rotary to OPAS, a local environmental education nonprofit, to distribute community water filters

In partnership with individual donors JSDCL distributed:

• over 30 backpacks filled with personal supplies, solar lanterns and gifts for children who’s homes were destroyed

• headlamps and music stands for music students (see photo)

• a small library of books and toys, medical items, clothing and theatre performances to Dorado’s shelter for  families displaced by Maria

Every contribution supports our mission to advance literacy, inspire lifelong learning and transform lives!

We thank you, with all of our hearts.

Posted on November 27, 2017


Posted on November 27, 2017

To all of our friends and supporters,

This photo shows the delight on the faces of two of the 30 children of the Luisa Valderrama Elementary School receiving backpacks filled with helpful items for a world without electricity such as their own towels, flashlights, toys and games--plus letters from the children who donated the items, all assembled by Cathy Welch and children from Denver, Colorado. Director Johana Rosado selected the children who lost all their possessions when their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Maria. 

All schoolchildren in Puerto Rico carry backpacks, so replacing lost ones is a real step towards normalcy. Thank you Denver!

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