Disaster relief efforts are well underway in Puerto Rico, with aid pouring in from the likes of celebrities and automakers alike. Yet, one of the biggest issues the island faces is the shortage of truck drivers to get incoming supplies from the docks and to the people who need them. Update: NVOAD and Puerto Rican organization Casa Puertorriqueña have both provided contact information.
For those with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and trucking experience and are looking to help out, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a good place to start. They are an association of organizations that help with disaster relief. Their members include Feeding America, Feed the Children, Direct Relief, Convoy of Hope, ICNA Relief and The Salvation Army, along with a number of other local state and territory members (which can be viewed here).
If you click on these underlined words, you’ll find NVOAD’s Puerto Rico volunteer registration form. There are four steps and you’ll need to fill out your availability, your location and what kind of services you hope to offer.
It looks like this:
Once you finish that, NVOAD will pair you with organizations that need you.
You can also reach out to the Food Bank of Puerto Rico. Their phone number is 787-740-3663, but keep in mind that power might still be down and that contacting them through their Facebook page could be easier.
Update 2:22 p.m.: NVOAD provided me with a number set up by the Puerto Rican government you can text for more information using a mobile phone. Not call. I repeat: to text, not call. Only your texts will go through; if you call, you won’t be able to get anybody.
That number is:
Update Oct. 2, 3:16 p.m.: Puerto Rican organization Casa Puertorriqueña can also assist truckers looking to help.
You can email Elizabeth Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-647-4108.