Hurricane Irma Relief:

What’s Happening and How to Help

With winds in excess of 180 mph, Hurricane Irma has had a destructive path in the Caribbean and the United States. Each of the projects below will support Hurricane Irma relief efforts led by GlobalGiving’s vetted nonprofit partners. You can donate directly to a specific project, or you can give to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.

Donations to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Irma Relief Fund will be divided among our vetted nonprofit partners on this list relative to where the need is greatest. This list of responding organizations and their recovery projects will continue to grow as our partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.

We believe organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of locally driven organizations, donations to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Irma Relief Fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that our nonprofit partners in the affected areas are better equipped to face future disasters. Read more about our approach to disaster relief here.

Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Projects by GlobalGiving’s Vetted Partners

Basic School Supplies need
Antigua and Barbuda Students Association-USA for the 2020-2021 School Year is collecting school supplies. When families face decisions, such as keeping their lights on or their children's bellies full, it means their children's backpacks remain empty.Every school year, these students bear the burden of knowing their families cannot provide the required classroom supplies. If preparation is the key to success, think of the difference it can make for these children to have the classroom tools.
Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders
This project helps those with chronic illnesses in the US Virgin Islands which are still in recovery from the unprecedented 2017 hurricanes. Medical infrastructure remains compromised, so it is critical to keep islanders at the lowest level of care for their chronic health issues. Compliance with prescribed medications is an essential part of community health. No person should have to choose between basic needs like food and shelter and the medication they need to stay healthy and productive.
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
The St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.
Barbuda Resilience Fund
September 2017 Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean island of Barbuda causing total devastation as the majority of homes and infrastructure were destroyed. ICF is working with local leadership to advance sustainable development efforts and grow local capacity. This next phase will support 12 community lead projects that continue to advance and strengthen the community of Barbuda. These projects include reparation of critical water sources, youth engagement, food security, small business support
St. Croix Foundation CARE Fund
The CARE Fund seeks to adjoin local, regional, national and international philanthropic partners in support of our disaster relief and resiliency strategies in response to the COVID19 Global Pandemic. As a community-based foundation serving disproportionately vulnerable, under-served American residents in the U.S. Caribbean, St. Croix Foundation is leading our community through a progressive and proactive approach to philanthropy grounded by a commitment to social equity and self-sufficiency.
Nonprofit Consortium of St. Croix (USVI)
The Nonprofit Consortium actively convenes 35+ organizations in health & human services, environment and education to collaborate around; 1) programming; 2) operating support and 3) organizational capacity building. This project is critical due to the compounded impact of Hurricanes Maria and COVID-19 and will enable us to convene, provide direct services, and advocate for both front-line service providers and secondary impact service organizations.
Revitalizing Children's Activities
This project will support interim and ongoing activities for our children, as well as transportation to and from activities on our small islands, and start-up of a new interim local facility and a Bookmobile. These are needed because all public facilities in Coral Bay available before the storms for activities were completely destroyed in Hurricane Irma, as were the basketball court, and parks and open space vegetation. Physical restoration is beginning and will take years.
St. John,USVI - Long Term Recovery: Home Construct
After hurricanes Irma & Maria, our team developed a rebuild program for St. John. The program facilitates construction solutions, focusing maximum impact on the under-served in our community. This includes the senior roofing initiative, adding required structural reinforcements, AND making homes habitable. We are already dedicated to reintroducing thirty displaced seniors safely back into their homes before the impending hurricane season. Our setback now is funding for materials & skilled labor.
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
Heritage Education Arts Legacy (HEAL) Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) Recovery Project integrates discussions, interactive workshops, culturally-sensitive trauma counseling, COVID19 masks, replacement of collections and new media resources that strengthen and provide opportunities for restoring comprehensive multi-cultural resources and programs that teach COVID19 protective behaviors complementary to actions for sustainable disaster recovery and preparedness.
Hurricane Irma Emergency Response Fund
by CARE
CARE has established the Hurricane Irma Emergency Response Fund, with a $1 million initial goal to support our humanitarian response and work with partners to provide immediate relief and longer-term rehabilitation in the most affected areas. Your gift will help us address the needs of the most vulnerable families.
Lutheran Disaster Response - US Virgin Islands
This project is a volunteer rebuilding program constructing and repairing homes for survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. We purchase building materials, tools, and basic supplies for volunteers who construct roofs, walls, and hurricane-safe fixtures for individuals who cannot afford repairs on their own. We give priority to older people living on low, fixed incomes who do not have property insurance and did not receive enough assistance after the storms.
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