As we move closer to the end of 2017, we’ve been confronted by one of the deadliest hurricane seasons in recent years. And after the onset of Hurricane Maria, the devastation brought by this disaster has been crippling—particularly for the island of Puerto Rico.
With the destruction of 85% of the island’s cell towers and an electric grid so damaged it’s been estimated that it'll take 4-6 months to repair, officials have now begun to call the disaster “the biggest catastrophe in modern history for Puerto Rico,” with more than 3.5 million citizens at risk.
Every month at Scorpion, more than a dozen employees are chosen as their department’s Employee of the Month (EoM), from which a single individual is picked at random to choose Scorpion’s monthly charitable donation.
Noticing the lack of attention being given to the crisis in Puerto Rico, when Dominick Aznavour was chosen as September’s EoM, he knew exactly where it needed to go.
UNICEF is an international charity organization that works to bring emergency response initiatives for children undergoing humanitarian emergencies across 108 countries. In Puerto Rico, UNICEF USA is currently working to mobilize immediate and critical support by providing emergency relief kits to the children of Puerto Rico.
These supplies work to protect children and families from disease, which can occur after the destruction of civil infrastructure and the disruption of a safe water supply.
In reflecting on the importance of UNICEF’s mission, the answer to donate toward their efforts was clear for Dominick:
“I decided on UNICEF because it’s so incredibly important to the people of Puerto Rico. I can’t imagine what they must be going through, having lost everything and being forced to start all over—and they deserve our help and support.”
UNICEF has many opportunities for those looking to get involved including volunteering and participating in charity events. If you’d like to contribute to the Puerto Rican crisis, donate here.
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About the Author
Kylie Patterson currently holds the role of Director of Public Relations at Scorpion, although she has previous experience working with many departments within the company. She spends her time finding new and exciting ways to connect Scorpion both with the local and global community. When she is not at the office, Kylie enjoys dancing, live music, sporting events, and spending time with her black Labradoodle, Royce. She is also a proud graduate, and diehard fan, of the University of California, Los Angeles.