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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A D.C. based non-profit is putting all of their efforts towards helping Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The category four storm hit the island over a week ago, taking at least sixteen lives.

There is still no running water, food and fuel supplies are dwindling, and many communities are still without electricity.

The mission of Friends of Puerto Rico is to build a future in Puerto Rico. They started working and investing with communities in 2015.

Now, they launched a Hurricane Maria recovery fund which hits close to home for the group's Executive Director, who lived in Puerto Rico until about seven years ago.

"It's devastating, the fact that I see people showering in the rain without any water or food, being afraid if they'll have food for the next two days or not," says Angelique Sina. "All of the antennas and cell phone singles have been down so people are full of desperation."

Sina says her loved ones, including her father, are safe, but it's incredibly difficult to communicate with them.

She says they launched a recovery fund because it's also impossible to ship items to the to the island now, so financial contributions are huge

They have also partnered with Boys and Girls clubs on the island to help rebuild and with Amazon Smile, a registry updated on a daily basis that has specific items the community needs.

Run Hope Work is also putting on a 5K to help their fund on Sunday, October 1st.

The run will start at Banneker Rec Center at 2500 George Ave NW Washington, DC.

A donation of $25 or more will grant you entry into the run and a Puerto Rico bandanna (while supplies last).