South Central Wisconsin Relief Fund Established to Provide Relief to Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico
Local organizations will unite in relief efforts to Puerto Rico
Madison, WI — September 28, 2017 — On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The hurricane caused severe damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and vegetation. As a result, the people of Puerto Rico are facing a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions. The Puerto Rico Relief Fund of South Central Wisconsin (PRRF-SCW) was formed to address the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.
The purpose of this fund is to organize and coordinate work in South Central Wisconsin aimed at providing disaster recovery assistance to Puerto Rico. In addition, it seeks to inform residents, community leaders, businesses, and other organizations on the best ways to help the people of Puerto Rico recover from this natural disaster. Its mission is also to identify appropriate and effective channels for delivery of disaster relief assistance.
The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, said the “humanitarian crisis will come to the United States in the form of the 3.5 million U.S. citizens that live here.” “And what you're bound to see is a massive exodus of Puerto Ricans into the mainland. It's going to be a problem for us; it's going to be a problem for [the] mainland as well,” Rosselló said.
The nearly 5,000 Puerto Ricans residing in South Central Wisconsin remain closely tied to their families on the island. Unidos, a local nonprofit agency which provides culturally-relevant programs and services for the Dane county Latinx community, the Latino Consortium for Action, and other Dane County organizations have come together to form the Puerto Rico Hurricane Network to provide support to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
“Serving the Latinx Communities in Wisconsin Since 1996”
UNIDOS exists to empower the community to break the cycle of domestic violence, end sexual assault and promote healthy family systems.
- Social justice: respecting human dignity and promoting social equity
- Education: providing safe venues to dismantle myths about domestic and sexual violence
- Empowerment: supporting victims/survivors to seek community driven solutions to end violence
- Collaboration: building a strong coalition of victims, survivors and allies
UNIDOS was started in 1996 as a group of volunteers committed to helping Latinx survivors of domestic violence access local services. The organization started as a result of social action research conducted with migrant farm worker communities in central WI between 1994 and 1996.
This early research indicated that, although domestic violence (DV) was a serious problem within the Latino migrant and immigrant community, local DV services did not have the resources to work with this group of abused women. Staff from local agencies needed assistance to learn about Latino culture and how the problem of domestic violence was uniquely experienced by our community. To that end, UNIDOS has become a leader around the state as a resource for training and technical assistance to a variety of agencies around the state working with abused Latinas. In 2001, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence became a 501©3, not-for-profit agency.
Today, UNIDOS works providing direct service in Dane, and surrounding Counties. However, we also provide statewide education and technical assistance to colleagues and professionals who wish to improve their services to Latinos in Wisconsin.
We receive funding from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Justice (DOJ), Dane County and the City of Madison, in addition to private donations. We are proud members of Community Shares of Wisconsin.
UNIDOS is proud to be a member of Community Shares of Wisconsin.