About Together Puerto Rico – People, Mission and Goals
Together Puerto Rico started directly after Hurricane Irma when two friends living in Puerto Rico decided to raise money on a GoFundMe page to purchase basic necessities and supplies for people who were displaced from neighboring islands.
Today, we work to get water filters and solar lights into the hands of people who need them the most in Puerto Rico. We also work to connect people who need help with people who can provide help.
Unfortunately, the hurricanes blew past many months ago but problems still persist. Blackouts are still commonplace and there is still an island-wide boil advisory, as there is often not enough electric power for the water treatment system to properly clean the water supply.
While there is a lot of finger pointing by every party to blame, we are focused on helping the people who need it the most and are not to blame – the senior citizens, children and people with weakened immune systems (AIDS /HIV, diabetes, cancer, and immune system disorders).
Read more about Our history.
Read more about Our Accomplishments.
To provide disaster relief in Puerto Rico via solar lights and water filters,
promote sustainability and improve communications between NGOs and volunteers.
We connect Puerto Ricans affected by disasters to the resources they need.
We work to promote sustainability and economic stability – instead of wasting money
on batteries/flashlights and using plastic water bottles,
we promote water filters and solar lights and solar panels to stay charged.
Together Puerto Rico is ALL OF US.
We are a community-based nonprofit organization. Join our efforts in relief and recovery for Puerto Rico.
We are a collection of Puerto Ricans and concerned people living in Puerto Rico. Our purpose is to connect people with resources in order to help Puerto Rico recover and rebuild as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We continue to raise awareness about the problems still facing Puerto Rico via our website and social media.
Angela Perozzi Abdullah, President
Angel X Rivera Garcia, Vice President and Secretary
Mr. Rivera studied communications at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and has twelve years experience as a health administration professional. He provides face-to-face services to the HIV population at the Puerto Rico Health Department (El Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico), helping them find the resources they need to stay healthy and find the appropriate treatment.
Mr. Rivera has been a vital on-the-ground volunteer for Together Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria first struck. He distributed critical supplies to coworkers who had lost everything in the storm and the HIV population in the health clinic. He has gone on several trips to deliver supplies throughout the island, helped assemble the water filter systems and given demonstrations on using the water filters, acting as the principal translator for the team.
Mr. Rivera loves to travel and once went on a mission trip to Honduras, providing summer camps and workshops for children. He loves watching films and often works on the lighting for local film producers and does graphic design in his spare time.
Jami Broom, Director of Operations and Treasurer
Jami Broom is lucky to call the beautiful island of Puerto Rico her home. She believes the spirit of Puerto Rico is in its people who have always made her feel welcome on their enchanted island.
She is owner and Principal of Click Strategies, LLC. She has over 12 years experience in helping clients grow their businesses through online marketing.
Ms. Broom spent two years as development coordinator for Byte Back, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit in Washington D.C. that teaches unemployed people computer skills. She also worked part-time for four years as a development coordinator for the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry, a 501c3 non-profit near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that provides human services, such as after-school meals to children programs and Meals on Wheels to seniors.
She studied Business Administration and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh and has served on the Board of Directors for the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Washington, DC (YNPNdc) and on the organizing committee of Podcamp Pittsburgh V.
She has studied yoga with gurus in India, worked in pubs in London, milked cows and shot guns where she grew up in rural Maryland and played drums in rock bands in Washington D.C. She intends to someday, someway be fluent in Spanish. She likes to make up songs and write creative non-fiction.
- Water for Puerto Rico / Agua for Puerto Rico. Alejandro Calaf has a heart of gold and has helped us navigate the insane landscape of Puerto Rico and taken us to areas and people who need help the most.
- Veterans 4, who has been instrumental in getting clean water to areas without electric or clean water. Thanks to Ray Guasp for generously taking time to show us how to use and operate the Divvy water system.
- Pittsburgh website developer, Chad Warren, who offered his expertise and time completely pro bono directly after the hurricane to help us connect with people and share information.
- Veronica Kortum, who completely translated our entire website into Spanish – https://www.togetherpuertorico.com/?lang=es
We have been very grateful for the support of these special volunteers and friends:
- Francesca Biundo
- Rosalyn Hansrisuk
- Kelly Noll
- Gloria Robles
Special thanks to these wonderful corporations doing amazing things for the world.