What we do

About the organization…

The Course of Action Foundation is a 501.c3 organization dedicated to develop business in Latin America to provide scholarships to students in need.  Retired Air Force Colonel Evelio Otero, founder of the organization, championed Course of Action PR under the umbrella of Course of Action Foundation to support those affected by Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico. This effort was a result of 15 Puerto Ricans joining efforts to organize support from the Tampa Bay area in conjunction with the Office of the First Lady, Beatriz Rosselló, the National Guard in Puerto Rico, some of the mayors, and government authorized organizations to ensure everything is distributed throughout the island.

It’s important to point out that no donations will be distributed to third parties, which means no specific families/towns will receive donations directly from us. The entities above will be in charge of receiving and distributing the donated goods throughout the island based on the needs.

How to Donate

Donation Drop-off:
We have already received more than 3 million pounds of donated goods. Donations can be dropped off at our center located at the Homeland Intelligence Technologies building (4916 S Lois Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611).

Amazon Wish-List:  http://a.co/bFvVL7j

Monetary Donations:

We need monetary donations for fuel and other expenditures to deliver the goods
www.gofundme.com/ecwamm-donations-for-puerto-rico

Direct Bank-to-Bank Transfer:
Financial Institution:  Fifth Third Bank
Routing Number:  063103915
Bank Account Number:  742 230 7590

Course of Action PR
IRS 501.C3, EIN number: 46-2843050

Our needs

Latest news as of October 16th. 

Please hold off on water and clothes for now.

BIG DELIVERIES
We appreciate everyone’s willingness to help during these difficult times.
For those who are planning to bring big deliveries (e.g. 53’ truck or Uhaul), please keep in mind the following:
– You must call in advance to coordinate the drop off with Antonio Soler. Contact us and we’ll provide his phone number.
– Plan to bring people to help unload. It’s a constant challenge for us to find volunteers to assist on a regular basis.

 

List of updated needs

Rice
Beans
Canned food/non-perishable food
Nutrition bars
Tuna packets (not canned)
Drink boxes/packets (juice boxes)
Baby supplies (bottles, diapers, baby wipes, formula, cereal, shampoo, baby lotion, baby powder, etc.)
Small and large generators
Adult diapers and supplies for the elderly
Regular wipes
Water purifiers
Water purification kits
Manual can openers
Clean/new gas cans
Dog/cat food
Personal hygiene/bath care items
Medical supplies (bandaids, peroxide, bandages, etc.)
Paper towels
New Towels

Cots
Air mattresses
New Pillows
Blankets
Toilet paper
Hand sanitizers
Flashlights
Batteries (AA, C, D, 9V)
LED work lights
Walkie talkies/two way radios
Rope
Bailing wire
Tarps
Long extension cords
12V to 120 volt power inverters
MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat)
Solar panels for charging batteries
Cell phone chargers
Basic tool kits
Shovels
Hand saws
Power saws
Chainsaws
Drills
Mosquito repellent
Duct and electrical tape

Due to shipment requirements, water must be securely palletized.  For that reason, for those who donated individual gallons, please be aware that they may be subject to distribution to local charities.

Also, we’re in need of some expendable goods to continue fundraising efforts:
Palettes
Palette jacks
Palette saran wrap
Clear packing tape

In the video below Colonel (ret.) E.J. Otero explain our needs

Puerto Rico needs you, Tampa Bay! Stop by our collection center located at the Homeland Intelligence Technologies building at 4916 S Lois Avenue in Tampa, to drop off donations. We'll be here for the next weeks from 11:30am - 8:30pm. #FloridaStrong #PRstrong #TogetherWeWillRebuild #puertoricostrong #hurricanemaria #100x35strong #holdonpuertoricowearecoming #losnuestros

Posted by Course of Action PR on Saturday, September 23, 2017

Course Of Action PR is developing the “Bucket Concept”.

Buckets are easily stacked on pallets, their content is well protected, they are easily deliverable and  bucket are always useful, especially in flooded areas or for stocking stuff in a permeable way

Buy a bucket at your local hardware store and fill it with our recommendations. We have four (4) types of buckets, see below, but these are only suggestions.

Each Bucket should have a flashlight and some batteries to go with it.

Example of bucket content

Bucket A: Tools & Rebuilding
Hammer
3”nails (wood)
Tape measure
Rope
Drilling tools
Building tools material
Batteries
Flashlight + batteries
Etc.

Bucket B: Cleaning
Cleaning supplies
Washcloths
Trash bags
Mop
Spray bottle
Reusable gloves
Scrubbing pads
Bleach
Rags
All purpose cleaner
Disposal Towel
Detergent
Laundry detergent
Flashlight + batteries
Etc.

Bucket C: Personal Care
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Mouth Rinse
Deodorant
Shampoo
Conditioner
Cleaning wipes
Feminine products
Shaving cream
Razors
Soap bar
Lotion
Toilet paper
Paper towel
Flashlight + batteries
Etc.

Bucket D: Food
Rice
Beans
Canned food/non-perishable food
Nutrition bars
Tuna packets (not canned)
Drink boxes/packets (juice boxes)
Cereals
Flashlight + batteries
Etc.

Volunteers Information

Volunteer guidelines

Volunteers must show up ONLY at any of these specific times.  Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to each shift.
 Shift A:  11:00am – 1:00pm
 Shift B:  1:00pm – 3:00pm
 Shift C:  3:00pm – 5:00pm

– Upon arrival, please go to the volunteer check point located by the entrance.

– All volunteers must wear a red t-shirt so they can be identified.

– Wear closed-toe shoes.

– Must be 18+ years old.

Please see below some pictures of our hard working volunteers

News

Our Partners

Course of Action Foundation

Homeland Intelligence Technologies Inc.

Carlos Carrasco Foundation

All American Music Productions

Viva Tampa Bay 

Clear Channel Outdoor 

Rumba 106.5

Cox Media Group

Telemundo Tampa

 

Tampa Bay Rays

Toyota Tampa Bay

Walmart

Pepin Distributing Company

MacDill Air Force Base

New York Yankees

 

Renzo’s

Port Tampa Bay

Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact us and share with us your concerns, how you can support the cause, what you want to give us, etc.

Your feedback is important for us.

Course Of Action PR contact form

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