Hola mi gente! How is everyone doing today? So October is coming to a halt, we are finally feeling the cold fall weather here in New Jersey. Anyways let’s get to the good stuff, this past weekend was filled with purposeful work. Saturday I attended the #IrEnVivo summit as a speaker along side George “Urban Jibaro” Torres, George has 2o years of social media experience under his belt and truly one of the best at it. So you know I was super pumped to share the stage with him, and we truly crushed it.
Our topic, ‘The Importance Of Social Media Resources To Help Victims Of Natural Disasters”
As Tigerwon (the host of the summit) introduced us I felt joy, the moment was here for us to create social change in front of an audience full of influencers that where ready to make a call to action. We introduced each other and gave a quick background story on each other and how we are using our platforms to create social change during this difficult time in Puerto Rico.
As George gave the stage to me after his brilliant words it was time for me to create impact. I shared my story on what I did to bring a light of hope for the people of Puerto Rico. I took it into my hands to use my network, restaurant (Martino’s Cuban Restaurant), and social influence to get people excited about helping out our fellow brother’s and sisters. Using the restaurant as a vehicle we where able to gather over 5 pallets of goods. That’s right 5 pallets along with all the other help that we did behind the scenes.
But one of the things I realized during such and effort, that I was not logistically ready for such an outpoor of donations. Let’s get this out there, it would not have been possible with out the people helping. I just provided a vehicle, a location to drop off the goods and a way to get it to Puerto Rico. Once I was unable to take anymore donations, I directed the efforts to George Torres because I knew he had the resources and know the people to better help logistically.
HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED:
Before you decide to help, take a self inventory of what you could actually provide to the relief you are trying to provide for. for example: “A chef is not going to lead a clothing drive” it needs to make sense.
Look for .org’s that are actually distributing directly to the people, do the research. `
5 weeks later: How is Puerto Rico doing?
- Puerto Rico is still struggling to get water, power five weeks after Hurricane Maria
- Downed power lines and tangled bamboo groves remain on the roads that lead into the center of Puerto Rico
- Homes inland remain without roofs and many without homes
- People still need water
- 70% of the US territory remains with our power more than a month after Maria struck
- It will take months for Puerto Rico to get electricity back to everyone
- Supplies are still needed
An amazing feeling to feel the love from everyone that attended the summit, knowing that as a speaker I created social change, and know that it will put even more people on the path of rebuilding Puerto Rico.