Published on: Miami Herald
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By: Caitlin Granfield

In the time since Hurricane Irma battered Florida and the Caribbean, and with Hurricane Maria leaving many in Puerto Rico displaced and without power and water, volunteer groups have stepped in to help those most in need.

Group: Operation Helping Hands

Who they are: Operation Helping Hands, is a partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, Univision 23 and JCS Switchboard to help those affected by natural disasters and emergencies.

What they’re doing/have done: United Way of Miami-Dade issued its first round of grants to nonprofits totaling $1,271,663, to aid those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the earthquake in Mexico. An initial grant of $530,000 helped those in Miami, with rent/mortgage assistance, utilities, food, medicine after Hurricane Irma.

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