We're proud to call Portland, Oregon home of our global headquarters, and we also have offices in Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, MA. We partner with our team members around the world to help people survive crises, overcome adversity and transform their lives. Learn more about our global work ▸
Though much of Mercy Corps’ work takes places internationally, we’re also committed to achieving our mission close to home. Our local projects focus on fostering strong, productive and informed communities right here in the Pacific Northwest.
And our global emergency response team stands at the ready to respond to disasters across the U.S. in times of extreme need, such as after Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
While most of our work focuses on international responses, we do respond to domestic disasters in moments of extreme crisis. Given the monumental scale of destruction and the overwhelming needs, Mercy Corps has been working hard to support relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
We also supported several organizations that helped communities in Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey. We primarily focused on helping organizations that have a deep history in the Houston area working with vulnerable, at-risk and under-served populations.
Our U.S. programmes include:
- Mercy Corps Action Centre: Hosting exhibits, lectures and youth workshops that bring our global programmes to life and educate the local community about issues affecting our world. Learn more about the Action Centre, located in our global headquarters ▸
- Mercy Corps Northwest: Supporting local small business development and helping underserved populations build stronger lives. Find out more about Mercy Corps Northwest, our local economic development nonprofit ▸
- MicroMentor: Connecting budding entrepreneurs with established mentors, and offering business leaders an opportunity to volunteer their expertise. Learn about MicroMentor, a free social network for business mentorship ▸
- Emergency response: Bolstering local agencies’ response to domestic disasters. Directly distributing cash and essential supplies such as water filters and solar lanterns to help families in urgent need survive and recover.
United States: In Puerto Rico, one community leader prepares for what's next
As Puerto Rico continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, we're working with community leaders like Maria Torres Ramos to help people prepare and build resilience in anticipation of future storms.
United States: Carmen's story: Recovering from disaster by rebuilding the past
Puerto Rico's most vulnerable residents continue to deal with hardship one year after Hurricane Maria, but with your help, we're building beyond disaster.
United States: Accelerating Puerto Rico’s economic recovery with Google volunteers
In partnership with Google, Mercy Corps is working in Puerto Rico to help small business owners - and the natural areas they rely on - recover from Hurricane Maria.
United States: In the news: Adopting a new humanitarian strategy
In a piece featured in The Nation, Mercy Corps' Senior Global Policy Advisor Madeline Rose calls for the United States to re-examine its global humanitarian strategy by focusing on violence reduction and conflict prevention.
United States: 8 months after Hurricane Maria, another hurricane season looms in Puerto Rico
Karla Peña, resilience program manager in Puerto Rico, shares how people are recovering from Hurricane Maria as they also prepare for the new hurricane season.
United States: Quick facts: Hurricane Maria's effect on Puerto Rico
Get the quick facts about how Puerto Rico has been affected by Hurricane Maria, what Mercy Corps and partners are doing, and how you can help.
What Maria left behind
Two months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, it's easy to be overwhelmed by what has been lost. But the story of these communities is found instead in what has been left behind.
United States: Sharing warm meals across Puerto Rico
Each day our team works with the World Central Kitchen team to pack up and distribute about 500 meals to hard-hit communities in Puerto Rico.
United States: Providing cash to Puerto Ricans in need
Three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, families are still in desperate need of basic supplies. Mercy Corps is providing emergency cash cards so people can buy what they need most.
United States: Our first days in Puerto Rico: An on-the-ground report
Members of our emergency response team are now on the ground in Puerto Rico and assessing the situation to see how we can best support local efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance.