Mission Statement

Statement of Ponce Hurricane Relief Efforts

Ponce Medical School Foundation, Inc., DBA Ponce Research Institute (PRI) will be collecting donations on behalf of Hurricane Maria relief efforts, consistent with the organization’s mission as a charitable, educational, scientific 501(c)(3) Public Charity. These funds will be used by PRI for three main purposes in providing for the health and wellbeing of Puerto Rican communities:

1. Providing the citizen and patient care and welfare within Puerto Rico, including but not limited to: purchasing, transporting, and distributing medical supplies, food, toiletries, and other household goods to Puerto Rican residents, with a focus on southcentral Puerto Rico; and providing high-quality, timely, and effective care to the residents of this area, including coordination of transporting of doctors and other health workers from U.S. to Puerto Rico. This includes providing assistance to staff of local pharmaceutical, education, and health industries that were severely impacted by the hurricane, in order to help maintain workforce stability in south central Puerto Rico.

2. Ensuring student education and welfare through efforts including but not limited to: providing health sciences students displacement and relocation stipends to enable relocation as needed within Puerto Rico and /or U.S. states to ensure timely completion of student academic programs; and providing education scholarships for health sciences Students sustaining financial losses from hurricane Maria.

3. Rebuilding, operating, and improving research facilities and capabilities associated with PRI that were impacted by hurricane Maria, including but not limited to CAIMED-one of the largest clinical trial units in Puerto Rico

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Student & Health Professional Volunteers


Communities/Shelters/Schools Visited


Pounds Received and Distributed to Communities in Need


Patients Attended

Message for Potential Donors

  • You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

    Kahil Gibran
  • This is the way we rebuild our county. I would be disrespecting my fellow Puerto Rican brothers and sisters if i stayed home and did nothing, when I could be of help.

    Jacob Matos
  • Seeing how those families responded to the police announcing medical help in a place where no one arrives is something else. There is too much need and all help becomes a grain of hope.

    Dra. Karen Ruperto
  • Judging by their actions, their passion, and their readiness to assist island residents, it’s clear that PHSU medical students are cut from a different cloth and are responding to a higher calling in their quests to become doctors.

    Dr. David Lenihan

Collaborative Organizations

To date, we have received donations from the following entities:

Afya Foundation
Mindo Futures
Doctoras Boricuas
Dr. Francisco Arraiza
Motorola Inc
Roche Pharmaceuticals
Lissa Pott
LELA Foundation/V Project
City of New Orleans
Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa Bay Rays
Dr. Julio Bracero
Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation (PRCCI)
Fundación Bechara
American Family Airlift
Bill Hammock
Senator Karen Peterson
Ingrid Marie Rivera
National Puerto Rican Leadership Council for Education
3 to 5 Days
Keystone College, Pennsylvania – Joyce Avila
Farmacia la Fe
Agudas Achim Congregation
Iraida Oquendo
Gold Humanism Honor Society
Sororidad Eta Gamma Delta
Elaine A. Nikolakaos
Glorivette Alverio – Nursing Program, PHSU
Joseph & Janet Erazo
Catherine Hottendorf
Jaycox Family

Water Step
Bacardi Foundation
Alice Freeman
Brazos Gitanos Franco
Dave Thompson
Julio Canales
Kamar De Los Reyes
Daniel De Los Reyes
Taller Sur/Paulette Medina
Dr. Laura Domenech
Elena Vélez
Farmacia Lourdes
Farmacia Del Sur
Memorial Sloan Kettering (Dr. Rosario Costa)
Dr. Cynthia Rivera
Dr. Eric Mizuno
Dr. Lissette Gutierrez
American Physiological Society
Dr. Caroline Appleyard
Supreme Master Ching Hai
Aprille Isham
Chris, Kim, & Shannon Goodwin
Dr. Garry and Tracy Hall – Norman Regional Hospital -Agudas Achim Congregation
Pascale Caddous Elghanayan & Yousef Elghanayan
Maria P. Heim & Steven G. Heim
Donne G. Kampel & Michael Braff
John & Mary Goodwin
Diana Olson
Dr. Fanny Santiago-Saavedra
University of Medicine and Health Sciences LTD -St. Kitts

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