After Hurricane Maria, a high-end Category 4 storm, devastated Puerto Rico, in coordination with CBF Disaster Response and CBF Florida, Iglesia Bautista de Metrópolis in the San Juan suburb of Carolina, began to engage in local recovery efforts and host volunteer teams from the mainland US.
Over 2019, Iglesia Bautista de Metrópolis hosted 37 teams with 672 volunteers.
In early 2020, a series of earthquakes affected the southwestern portion of Puerto Rico, resulting in damaged structures and displaced families. In addition to the ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, Iglesia Bautista de Metrópolis played a key role in garnering support for communities and congregations affected by the quakes.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the suspension of CBF Disaster Response volunteer recruitment.
Currently, with considerable risk of contracting the virus through air travel and due to COVID-19 cases remaining high in Puerto Rico and many US states, CBF Disaster Response will continue to suspend volunteer recruitment for Puerto Rico.