Ibero Seeks Volunteers After Overwhelming Hurricane Maria Response

Rochester Chamber member Ibero American Action League has seen an overwhelming community response to its efforts in meeting the needs of families that have and continue to relocate to Rochester from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  More than 1,000 individuals from Puerto Rico have arrived in Rochester since Hurricane Maria hit the island in September.  

On Tuesday, December 12th, a tractor trailer load of items collected from a clothing drive led by WHEC-TV in collaboration with Dunkin Donuts was delivered to Ibero’s storage warehouse.

Ibero President and CEO Hilda Rosario Escher said, “We could have never imagined this level of giving from so many individuals, organizations, and businesses. It has truly left us speechless and so grateful.”

Ibero’s Director of Development and Communications, Patricia Cruz-Irving, is overseeing a volunteer effort through the end of December.  Cruz-Irving said, “We are now at the point where we need immediate assistance from groups of volunteers to help us sort and store the clothing in boxes for distribution. We are asking everyone in the community to think of this as a service project. Volunteer groups can choose one day and time that works best for them and let us know what works best in their schedule.” 

If you or your organization would like to volunteer, please email information@iaal.org.          

Established in 1968, Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that ignites the potential of individuals and families to prosper and make the community stronger.  Our award-winning programs serve people of all ethnic backgrounds in the areas of children, youth, families, and developmental disabilities. Ibero also owns and operates the dual-language radio station Poder 97.1 FM.