Disruptive philanthropist Mark E. Curry announced today a partnership with global technology company Uber, designed to improve the distribution of food, water, and other needed supplies to Puerto Ricans impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
This new alliance will streamline the delivery of life-saving resources to individuals, community groups, relief organizations, and faith-based charities that serve residents in the San Juan metro area and outlying municipalities on the island.
Distribution of aid in Puerto Rico has been deeply hampered by damage to infrastructure and communications, limited power, and lack of fuel availability. Curry believes partnering with Uber will dramatically improve the movement of desperately-needed supplies through the island.
“It has been devastating to witness the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria,” said Mark E. Curry, who's also Publisher of NotiCel, Puerto Rico's digital daily. “We have been working to address the greatest needs on the island and I am very grateful to Uber for this partnership and their dedication to help providing basic nutrition and clean drinking water to those impacted by these disasters.
“Although this partnership is just beginning, I am confident we will assist Puerto Rico’s recovery in the weeks and months to come by working together to help rebuild the island and provide for the basic needs of its citizens. The people of Puerto Rico are strong, but we are stronger when we work together.”
“It is an honor to be part of this amazing effort. Thanks to Mark Curry and his organization for putting their trust in Uber and giving us the opportunity to bring aid to these communities in need,” said Julie Robinson, Uber's spokeswoman for the Caribbean and Central America, “Uber is committed to the recovery of Puerto Rico and we will continue working to ensure the island rises again.”
Non-perishable food items are being supplied by Calvary Chapel of Puerto Rico. According to Pastor Jason Dennett, supporting this relief effort is part of the Chapel’s core mission. “As Christians, we are drawn to helping as many people as we can, to the greatest degree possible. When we were approached by Mark and his colleagues – people with the same heart and same intentions as ours – contributing to this effort became a natural fit.”