Ellen DeGeneres with Wells Fargo's check for Puerto Rico relief efforts on the Sept. 29 episode of her show.
Ellen DeGeneres with Wells Fargo's check for Puerto Rico relief efforts on the Sept. 29 episode of her show.

Ellen DeGeneres announces Wells Fargo’s additional funding for Puerto Rico

After a previous $200,000 donation, Wells Fargo is donating an additional $250,000 to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

October 5, 2017

Editor's note: A Spanish-language version of this story is also available.


Ellen DeGeneres announced on the Sept. 29 episode of her television show that Wells Fargo will donate $250,000 to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The funding will help immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the island as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 20. Habitat for Humanity® of Puerto Rico is the primary beneficiary of the funding.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show announces Wells Fargo’s $250,000 donation to support relief efforts in Puerto Rico on Sept. 29. (26 seconds)

“(Singer) Ricky Martin was here yesterday to help raise money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, and our friends at Wells Fargo saw that and did something incredible,” DeGeneres said on the show. “They’re donating $250,000 to our Hurricane Maria relief fund. So thank you so much.”

This is in addition to Wells Fargo’s $200,000 donation to the American Red Cross on Sept. 20 to help emergency responders provide supplies to Puerto Rico, support shelter efforts for those affected by the storm, and help people in the region rebuild the homes, businesses, and schools that were destroyed.

“The devastation wrought upon nearly 3.5 million United States citizens in Puerto Rico is heartbreaking,” said Jon Campbell, head of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations for Wells Fargo. “Needs on the island seem to be growing by the day, and in response we have grown Wells Fargo’s commitment to help.”

‘We're going to keep working’

Martin, who is from Puerto Rico, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Sept. 28 and asked viewers to help support the island’s recovery.

In a selfie video, singer Ricky Martin thanks Wells Fargo for its donation to Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico. (37 seconds)

Martin also announced Wells Fargo’s donation in a video thanking the company. “You guys are amazing, Wells Fargo,” Martin said. “Thank you so much, and to everyone around the world who’s been supporting my cause for the victims of Puerto Rico, thank you as well. You guys are amazing. This is only the beginning. We’re going to keep working for many years to come.”

Singer Ricky Martin with a check from Wells Fargo to support Puerto Rico relief efforts.
Singer Ricky Martin with a check from Wells Fargo to support Puerto Rico relief efforts.

Donations at ATMs

Through Oct. 12, customers across the U.S. can contribute to the American Red Cross’s storm relief efforts at Wells Fargo ATMs. Customers are not charged a fee for this service, and 100 percent of the donations will go to the Red Cross.

Wells Fargo’s Go FarRewards customers may now redeem any amount of their available rewards and donate them to American Red Cross Disaster Relief at GoFarRewards.wf.com or by calling the Go FarRewards Service Center, 877 -517 -1358, through Oct. 12.

Contributors: Kathleen Llewellyn
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