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Donations sought to help people in Puerto Rico affected by hurricane

ALFRED, NY – Four people with connections to Puerto Rico – three of them Alfred University alumni; another affiliated with the University’s New York City-based program – are appealing for assistance for those recovering from devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

Camille Cruz ’15 studied art and design and was an avid member of Poder Latino, Alfred University’s Hispanic culture and heritage organization. She has set up a GoFundMe Campaign to help her family:

Edgard Rivera-Valentin ’07 is a planetary scientist at Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He is seeking donations to a fundraising campaign to benefit the families of the observatory staff:

Jessica Cabrera ’08 has family in San German, Puerto Rico. She has been unable to establish steady communications since the Sept. 20 storm struck the island. Cabrera is still trying to identify a local organization through which donations could funnel.

Dr. Viviana Abreu-Hernandez, Director, Research and Program Development at 1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund, which works closely with Alfred University’s New York City-based program, is organizing relief efforts for Quebradillas, a rural area of Puerto Rico. That GoFundMe page is

Anyone interested in supporting these and other future assistance efforts can fund one of the organizations directly, through the respective GoFundMe page, or send a check to Alfred University with the notation “Hurricane Relief.”