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Puerto Rican/Hispanic Community & Business Leaders and Catholic Charities Launch ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO Hurricane Relief Effort

Donations to go directly to non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico



Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Teresa A. Santiago, Chairwoman, Comité Noviembre … Puerto Rican Heritage Month

Frank Garcia, President, National Association of Latino Chambers of Commerce

Anthony Peña, Board Member, National Supermarket Association

Brian Sanchez, President, New York Kids Chamber of Commerce and student at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy



Will launch the Estoy Con Puerto Rico, (I am with Puerto Rico), hurricane relief effort. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York will serve as fiscal conduit for this effort.  Partners to date include the National Association of State Latino Chamber of Commerce, the New York State Coalition Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the National Supermarkets Association. Brian Sanchez, (11), President of the New York Kids Chamber of Commerce and student at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy in Queens will be making donations.

The purpose of the effort is to deliver much needed assistance directly to non-profit and business organizations in Puerto Rico at the grassroots level.  The assistance will vary from financial donations to shipments of water, non-perishable foods, clothing, toiletries generators, cleaning products, flashlights, batteries, etc.  A preliminary list of organizations that will receive donations include the following but not limited to:

  1. Caritas de Puerto Rico

  2. Centro Unido de Detallistas, (United Retailers Association of Puerto Rico)

  3. El Meson del Amor

  4. HealthProMed

  5. New York Foundling Puerto Rico

  6. Old San Juan Foundation – (Junta Comunitaria de La Perla, Old San Juan)

  7. Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Estoy Con Puerto Rico will work with the business community of Puerto Rico to deliver much needed equipment like generators, cleaning materials, etc. to affected areas. Businesses receiving support will in turn open their doors to the neighboring community to provide free food, a place to charge their phones and receive information.


Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1PM


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, 1011 First Avenue in Manhattan (between 55th and 56th Streets) 7TH floor conference room. Photo ID required by building security


Teresa A. Santiago, (914) 263-6599;

Paul Costiglio, (646) 794-2240; (646) 823-1175;


Comité Noviembre…Puerto Rican Heritage Month

This year marks the 31st anniversary of Comité Noviembre, (CN) the celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month in this country. CN is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to commemorating and acknowledging the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to this nation. CN is composed of several of the oldest and most prestigious Puerto Rican organizations in the country: ASPIRA of New York, CENTRO de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College/CUNY; El Museo del Barrio, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College/CUNY, Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular, PR,  National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights --- Justice Committee and the Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts.  The following past members continue to lend network support El Puente, LatinoJustice – PRLDEF; Musica de Camara; NACOPRW and National Institute for Latino Policy and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. This coordinating body plans and promotes CN’s annual programs and events.  The charge of CN is to create awareness of our rich culture, language, and heritage and to acknowledge and take ownership of it every day but specifically during the month of November.  The combined network and outreach potential of these organizations is over 750,000 people through its member lists and internet capabilities.


For eleven years, CN has conducted an annual cultural trip to Puerto Rico: “Buscando Nuestras Raíces.”  The trip has become an educational adventure into the richness of Puerto Rico’s culture, ancestral roots and history. Over the years, CN has surpassed its expectations making this trip not only an educational and cultural experience but an opportunity to support, sponsor and empower many humanitarian, environmental, cultural and social justice organizations and issues. CN has made a difference and will continue to invest, take action and affect change in Puerto Rico.


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Since 1917, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has been supporting New Yorkers in need by Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth; Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless; Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises; Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged; Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees.  Catholic Charities represents a federation of more than 90 agencies which provide help and hope for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.


National Association of State Latino Chamber of Commerce

The primary mission of the National Association of State Latino Chamber of Commerce, (NASLCC), a non-profit orgaization, is to increase and build capacity of State Latino Chambers of Commerce with resources to serve the growing Latino business community across the country, foster relationship with governmental agencies, corporate America and other stakeholders, to promote employment and procurement opportunities for Latinos a Latino businesses, and to increase the number of State Latino Chambers of Commerce across the U. S.


New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (NYSCHCC)

With over 50,000 members, the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (NYSCHCC) is one of the United States' premier business membership organizations. The MYSCHCC, is a coalition of which includes 26 other chambers of commerce, sole proprietors, partnerships, multi-national corporations and small businesses. Our mission is to help professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs enhance their skills and grow their businesses. We provide the information, tools, and networking opportunities needed to help establish and grow Hispanic businesses. As the leading advocate of Hispanic businesses in New York State, the NYSCHCC strengthens the coalition of Hispanic business owners around the state, stimulates new business enterprises in Hispanic communities, disseminates useful business data to members, and serves as an advocate for Hispanic businesses in consumer affairs and public policy affecting the organization’s membership.


National Supermarket Association

NSACares is the NSA’s initiative designed to partner with charitable organizations in the different communities served by our members.  Established by its founders, the NSA has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the community. Through the promise of NSACares, each year, it reaffirms its commitment to strengthening its corporate social responsibility with the many communities served by NSA members.


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