There will also be a reception with food and an artistic performance.
WORCESTER – For those wondering what they can do to help with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, state and local leaders are coming together Wednesday evening to help raise awareness and answer questions on what can be done following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Organizers of the event said the goal is to raise awareness of what is happening in Puerto Rico, discuss why a territory of the United States is experiencing a humanitarian crisis of such magnitude, and to think about the most efficient ways the Worcester community can help.
The event is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and will include a moderated panel discussion with WPI faculty and staff; Timothy Murray, CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera. The discussion will open up for comments from the audience after 8 p.m.
Fuerza Puerto Rico: A Community Dialogue to Raise Awareness for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, is planned from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave.
Additionally, with Worcester having a large population of Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, the discussion will include how Worcester is preparing for an influx of Americans from Puerto Rico in the coming weeks, organizers said.