Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

PUERTO RICO RISE UP, INC

"WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER"

aka PRRU   |   INDIANAPOLIS, IN   |  WWW.PUERTORICORISEUP.ORG

Mission

Puerto Rico Rise Up, Inc. is committed to empowering and uplifting our people to achieve equitable opportunities to secure a sustainable future through solidarity.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Karen Caraballo Psy.D.

President, Board of Directors

Sara I. Diaz MD

Main address

1075 BROAD RIPPLE AVENUE SUITE #270

INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46220 USA

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EIN

82-3304528

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our purpose is to bring help and comfort to underserved communities in Puerto Rico. We pledge to advocate for equitable rebuilding and foster self-reliance by collaborating with local, established organizations to provide aid, support and disaster relief. Our network of doctors and volunteers are committed to uplifting and renewing Puerto Rico.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Coqui Educational Program

The educational program provides a window to the world for the children in Puerto Rico. It is a transformational lifeline to the island's future. The program is opening the doors of infinite possibilities for the children by coordinating with the existing school system to enrich the curriculum with interactive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) experiences, partnering with organizations that will support an interexchange of projects and engaging communities because educated minds are its future, its lifeline.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$10,000

A response to a call for action to help and advocate on behalf of the residents of Puerto Rico when a disaster strikes and in advance, educate the communities on disaster relief preparedness. Our organization has provided free medical care, distributed medical equipment and supplies, food, water filtration systems, and other essential and humanitarian supplies to vulnerable communities within Puerto Rico. Note that the budget for 2019 includes approximately $350,000 worth of donated medical equipment that our organization received and distributed to hospitals and clinics in need of this equipment. Additionally, within Disaster Relief, we launched the Resilience Psychology Program that provides psychosocial support to children through art, music, and group therapy workshops to instill resilience and help them overcome traumatic events.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$100,000

This initiative is to renew hope in children and caregivers in orphanages and foster care homes in Puerto Rico. Yearly, we organize an entertaining, educational, artistic event for children from these institutions to provide them with an experience that will help them with imagination development and emotional strengthening. With funds received, we can expand on the number of children impacted and further help institutions that care for these underserved children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$15,000

We strive to promote well-being in Puerto Rico through the following approaches: (1) community based-outreach (2) disease prevention education (3) increasing access to health care (4) a comprehensive approach to health and well-being Our initiative within this program is the CEIBA Project, which aims to increase older adults' knowledge and engagement in nutrition and physical activity, promote social interaction, improve behaviors and psychosocial skills for mental stimulation thus ultimately improving their quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$7,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We envision a self-reliant and robust Puerto Rican society where everyone is able to thrive and lead a healthy, happy and fulfilling life.

Through our various programs, we can empower and uplift vulnerable communities: 1) Disaster Relief Program To respond quickly and efficiently when a disaster strikes, our plan is to establish an internal "Disaster Relief Fund" that will allow us the ability to supply communities with medical and humanitarian supplies (in anticipation or after a natural disaster). Through our extensive network of over 3000 doctors, we can collaborate with them and other organizations to ensure communities in Puerto Rico receive the medical care and humanitarian aid necessary. We also have the Resilience Psychology initiative that provides psychosocial support through art, music and group therapy workshops that help children overcome trauma and build resilience, which boosts their well-being, school performance, and prepares them for the future by providing the emotional foundation necessary for success in life. This initiative along with our education program will positively impact an underprivileged child's life. 2) Coqui Education Program - Coordinating directly with educators within public schools in underserved communities to provide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) experiences to the children that will inspire and encourage them to pursue a higher education, which will improve their chances at leading a self-sufficient, prosperous life.

The organization's staff and volunteers are comprised of doctors of varying specializations including psychologists and professionals in business. Our well-rounded approach fulfills the communities biophysical, environmental and social needs to foster evenhanded opportunities, economic growth, and human prosperity. Thus, reinforcing these values from one generation to the next, will move the Puerto Rican community towards a successful future. We emphasize protecting the community to meet their needs, rather than satisfying peoples preferences.

We'll strive to expand our reach is to include other schools, orphanages and incorporate a disaster preparedness curriculum. We also hope to expand the monthly multidisciplinary sessions to seniors, the other most vulnerable section on the island. As we grow, we will work towards expanding our partnership with the communities, especially in school districts servicing low-income students. Work to grow our volunteer network and foster collaborative relationships with other NGOs. Leverage those that are in most need employing a grassroots approach and transform Puerto Rico via equitable rebuilding.

$359,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies distributed to 7 hospitals in PR with a donation from Indiana University; $8,000 worth of medical equipment such as medication and ambulance equipment donated in Vieques; 175 children received one year of support through psycho-educational, art therapy, and music therapy resiliency programs; 500 children participated in Caravana Navidar ( a cultural and artistic event for children in orphanages or group homes throughout Puerto Rico); $24,000 in books were distributed to schools in PR in collaboration with AccessBooks; complete restoration of two school libraries in Caimito and Utuado in collaboration with AccessBooks

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PUERTO RICO RISE UP, INC

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

DR. SARA I. DIAZ VALENTIN

REID HEALTH, RICHMOND, IN

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

DR. LINKA MATOS

REGENERATIVE & PAIN MEDICINE CLINIC, SAN JUAN, PR

Term: 2017 -

CAROLINA REVERON ARIAS, MD

TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER, BOSTON, MA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/15/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Keywords

Education, Medical Relief, Human and Social Services, Disaster Relief