The Major League Baseball Players Trust announced it will provide a $50,000 grant to Friends of Caritas Cubana in support of the nonprofit’s relief and recovery efforts in Cuba. This grant is the most recent charitable donation of the Players Trust’s ongoing “Returning Home” initiative, in which Major Leaguers combine their resources to support the places they call home, especially in times of need
The $50,000 grant from the Players Trust will help those whose lives and homes have been devastated by Hurricane Irma. Friends of Caritas Cubana seeks to help the most vulnerable families who have lost their homes by providing roofing materials and mattresses. The Players Trust funds will be applied to the purchase of roofing materials, including 3,000 sheets of zinc, roofs, screws, and trestles to benefit at least 150 impacted families.
“On behalf of all Players, it’s a privilege to be in a position to provide funds from the Players Trust to help support all of the great work that Friends of Caritas Cubana is doing to help those trying to rebuild their homes and lives in Cuba,” said Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso. “As a native of Cuba, I personally want to thank all of the people associated with Friends of Caritas Cubana for their passion and determination to help make life better for those in need.”
“We are deeply grateful for the support of the Major League Baseball Players Trust, as the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Cuban people was particularly devastating, both in terms of immediate living conditions and longer-term rebuilding,” stated Consuelo Isaacson, President of Friends of Caritas Cubana. “Caritas Cuba has an unimpeachable record of delivering services directly to those most in need, and Friends of Caritas Cubana is their largest worldwide donor. There simply is no better way to help those most impacted by the Hurricane.”
The grant to Friends of Caritas Cubana is part of the Players Trust’s $1 million commitment to help areas across the America’s struck by recent natural disasters. In keeping with its commitment and practice of assisting others when disasters strike, the Players Trust continues to distribute the funds in a manner that will support short-term relief as well as long-term recovery efforts in areas suffering in the wake of the recent hurricanes, earthquakes and fires.
Major Leaguers are passionate about supporting the places where they work and live, and, for many Players, the disasters have devastated areas that so many of them call home. To date, nonprofits designated to receive portions of the $1 million in funding reflect Players’ places of residence include Pacific Prowler, Water Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, Project Cure/Curando Mexico and United Way Worldwide/Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico.
The Players Trust has now provided nearly $5 million to help disaster affected communities in Cuba, Philippines, Japan, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States by offering financial support to more than 20 nonprofits providing a variety of relief and recovery efforts that focus on local collaboration, volunteerism and sustainability, while training and empowering people to rebuild their own communities.