Resolve in the Face of Devastation
In less than one month last year, everything changed in Puerto Rico.
Two storms knocked the wind out of the vibrant island community,
leaving unparalleled destruction in its path. It has taken many more
months to understand the extent of the damage and will take years to
Through a combined $100 million donation to Direct Relief and Habitat for Humanity International, AbbVie will accelerate recovery efforts still underway following the devastating impact to the community of Hurricanes Irma and Maria— moving Puerto Rico from recovery to resilience.
The donations of $50 million to each organization will focus on two building blocks of society – healthcare and housing:
- Direct Relief will rebuild and strengthen Puerto Rico’s primary healthcare system, prioritizing 24 community health centers and community health provider organizations.
for Humanity will partner directly with hurricane-affected
families to address their shelter needs, as well as work toward
policies and systems that will improve shelter, land and resilience
issues across the island. Habitat expects to directly assist 13,000
people through repairs, new construction, workforce training and
assistance with clear property titles.
AbbVie has a longstanding commitment to the people of Puerto Rico – operating on the island for nearly 50 years and serving as one of Puerto Rico’s largest private employers with more than 1,200 employees.
Below: Puerto Rico employees volunteer at local schools in
Barceloneta and San Juan during AbbVie’s annual Week of
Possibilities, where employees around the globe take time away from
their jobs to enrich the communities where they live and work.
Following the unprecedented disasters of 2017, AbbVie Foundation and
AbbVie employees provided over $4 million to support disaster relief
efforts, including those that struck Puerto Rico.