Medtronic Foundation provides $250,000 donation in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – At an event in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, the Medtronic Foundation announced an additional $250,000 donation to nonprofit relief organization All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, which deploys volunteers to rebuild schools, homes and other community infrastructure impacted by natural disasters.
Hosted by Rico Wilcox, the acting director of recovery for All Hearts and Hands, the event was attended by Puerto Rico first lady Beatriz Rosselló, Toa Baja Mayor Betito Márquez and other officials.
In the year since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Dublin-based medical device manufacturer Medtronic, which funds Medtronic Foundation, has provided more than $7 million in financial support for humanitarian aid for employees and their communities.
“Thanks to the support of Medtronic Foundation, we have rebuilt or repaired hundreds of roofs so far this year, in addition to performing critical repairs and cleanup,” Wilcox said. “With the support of 1,800 volunteers, we have had a positive impact for more than 5,700 people so far this year, and our work continues.”
To which Medtronic Foundation President Paurvi Bhatt said, “All Hands and Hearts has been a fantastic partner to train our employees to volunteer their time and have a real impact on the disadvantaged.”
Medtronic Puerto Rico’s vice president of operations, Felix Negrón, said the company is “unshakeable” in its “commitment to support our employees and the recovery of the island in general. We have rebuilt 700 and repaired 30 Medtronic-employee homes so far.”
Besides directing millions of dollars toward disaster relief in Puerto Rico, the Medtronic Foundation matches employee contributions to certain agencies.
“We are eternally grateful for the commitment of our Puerto Rican colleagues who have returned to work to restore our operations–many of whom have lost everything in this storm,” Omar Ishrak, Medtronic chairman and CEO, said a couple of weeks after Hurricane Maria struck the island. “The entire Medtronic community is rallying to the need of our colleagues and neighbors in Puerto Rico, and we will be with them through this period and beyond.”