For Immediate Release

December 14, 2017

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE FOR LOCAL HURRICANE MARIA FAMILIES PROMPTS CALL TO ACTION

Immediate need for volunteers to help sort and store clothing

The generosity of the Rochester community has been overwhelming in Ibero’s efforts to meet the needs of families that have and continue to relocate to Rochester from Puerto Rico.

“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,” says Ibero President and CEO Hilda Rosario Escher.

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

“We heard a rumble outside and didn’t know what it was,” said Julio Saenz, general manager of Ibero’s radio staton Poder 97.1 FM. “We soon found out that rumble was a trailer getting ready to pull into our parking lot for the drop-off.”

Saenz and a few other staff spent nearly two hours unloading the trailer. More than 1,000 individuals from Puerto Rico have arrived in Rochester since Hurricane Maria hit the Island in September.

“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,” says Ibero’s Director of Development and Communications, Patricia Cruz-Irving, who is overseeing the volunteer effort through the end of December.

If you 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.

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