McConnell Valdés Disaster Relief Fund donates $60,000 to nonprofits
SAN JUAN – In October, McConnell Valdés (McV), considered Puerto Rico’s largest law firm, created a disaster-relief fund to help communities that were struck hardest by Hurricane Maria and whose needs in the storm’s aftermath had yet to be met.
The McConnell Valdés Disaster Relief Fund announced this week that it awarded $60,000 in grants to seven nonprofit entities on the island.
With contributions from the firm, its attorneys, staff and member firms from Lex Mundi, the largest network of independent law firms in the world, the McConnell Valdés Disaster Relief Fund has raised a total $90,750 to help communities.
In collaboration with the United Way of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, the fund first identified and invited 18 Puerto Rico-based nonprofit organizations, managing programs, and initiatives in the health, education, environmental, and economic development sectors to present proposals. Out of the 14 organizations that submitted proposals, seven were awarded grants: Centro Esperanza, Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, Corporación de Servicios de Salud y Medicina Avanzada (COSSMA), Incubadora Microempresas Bieke, Instituto Especial para el Desarrollo Integral del Individuo, la Familia y la Comunidad (IDIIFCO), Instituto Nueva Escuela, and Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio (P.E.C.E.S.).
The firm’s attorneys and staff also organized events that focused on disaster relief such as distributing water, food and basic household and personal hygiene articles to charitable organizations and families in various communities.
Other McV donations include washing machines, a Thanksgiving lunch and the delivery of toys to more than 70 children in hard-hit affected communities. Overall, McV said, more than 1,000 families received help from the fund.
“McConnell Valdés has always been committed to helping the not-for-profit sector. After experiencing these truly devastating events, we needed to help the most vulnerable people in our communities,” McV Managing Director Arturo García Solá said in a statement.
“We are honored to contribute to Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery efforts and to help improve our people’s quality of life by supporting initiatives that help the long-term growth of those communities who need it most,” he added.
McConnell Valdés has also backed projects that foster Puerto Rico’s progress. As part of its corporate social responsibility policy, in 2006, the firm established the McConnell Valdés Pro Bono Program to provide free legal assistance to nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organizations, and has donated the equivalent of more than $2 million in pro bono legal services since it was established.