Senator donates salary to Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts

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Sen. Rick Scott announced he will be donating the first quarter of his salary to help hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Scott made the announcement Wednesday, saying the money will be donated to two organizations that focus on helping Puerto Rican families that came to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

“I’m honored to support two incredible organizations that went above and beyond to help Puerto Rican families who came to Florida following Hurricane Maria,” Scott said in a statement. “It’s humbling to see these organizations, and so many generous volunteers, come together to support our fellow Americans in their time of need, and together, we will never stop fighting for Puerto Rico.”

One of the nonprofits, Mujeres Restauradas Por Dios of Tampa, is a faith-based nonprofit that helps integrate Puerto Rican families into their new communities by connecting them with services including housing, job placement and medical care.

The second organization is Legal Services Clinic of Puerto Rican Community, which is based in Orlando. The nonprofit legal clinic employs displaced Puerto Rican attorneys and provides free and affordable legal aid to those who have settled in Florida.