Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas

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Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas
Help Good360 Ship Requested Product to The Bahamas

Much of 2020, there has been no activity in the Bahamas due to COVID-19.  However, Good360 ends the year on a high note. We have been working with partners like All Hands and Hearts, LIFT Logistics and others to get two truckloads of furniture shipped to the Abacos.  The process has been complex and has taken several months to get in motion.  However, this week we had the first of two loads of furniture loaded into a container to ship to All Hands and Hearts in the Abacos.  Next week, we will get the 2nd load moving (from Williams Sonoma). The first load is furniture from Homerica.

In both cases, Good360 was able to cover shipping costs thanks to donations from you, along with support from The UPS Foundation.  Our hope is that this is a "proof of concept" that can be used to get additional funding support to send additional containers of furniture in 2021.

These loads will go to support teachers in the Abacos who had their homes repaired by AHAH in 2020.  They have very little furniture or household decor.  The donated products will go a long way to restoring a sense of home and hope.

Thank you for your ongoing support of this project!  Look for photos and stories in Q1 2021.

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Good360's work in the Bahamas continues but was significantly impacted by COVID-19.  We work through our nonprofit partners and most of them called their volunteers home in March due to safety concerns.  That resulted in dramatic reduction in needs being requested for products.

We continue to work through CORE Relief, SBP, All Hands and Hearts and other nonprofits.  They are just beginning to send new requests for furniture and building supplies and we are working on sending GAF Shingles, Tempur Sealy mattresses and other products.

A coaliition of nonprofits formed over the past 6-months to get furniture to the Bahamas.  LIFT is a logistics nonprofit and they have contracted for a warehouse in Florida to store donated furniture.  The furniture donations are currently from hotel renovations in Florida.  Product is gently used and extremely functional.  LIFT is also working on coordinating nonprofit or 3rd party shippng to the Abacos.

All Hands and Hearts is working with UNCP (United Nations) on a program to provide furniture to teachers in the Abacos.  They would provide the final mile distribution of the furniture.

Your funding will help us close the need gap for furniture and other products.  Good360 averages a 10X amplificatioin of funding.  This means that a $1,000 donation allows us to distribute at least $10,000 in donated products.  We have the product and just need to cover costs to store and ship it.

The other project in the Bahamas is the Unsolicited Donatiions distribution.  The UPS Foundation and Good360 are working to distribute the high volume of containers of donated products sent without a distribution plan to the Bahamas.  This demonstrates the 2nd Disaster of unsolicited donations.  Our partner in the islands HeadKnowles Foundation had to relocate and that has impacted the warehouse location and management.  Funds are needed to support the new warehouse location along with sorting and distribution.

Overall, we are anxious to get back to the work that went on hold for the past few months.  Your funding and support continue to help Good360 and our partners make a difference in the Dorian Hurricane long term recovery in the Bahamas.

Thank you!

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Hurricane Dorian was the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. Dorian struck the Abaco Islands on September 1, 2019 with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. Dorian went on to strike Grand Bahama at similar intensity, stalling just north of the island with unrelenting winds for at least 24 hours. The damage to these islands was catastrophic; most structures were flattened or swept to sea, and at least 70,000 people were left homeless. After devastating the Bahamas, Dorian proceeded along the coasts of the Southeastern United States up to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, leaving behind considerable damage and economic losses in those regions.

Good360 has continued to distribute critically needed product in strategic locations in the Bahamas and in the United States. We were ready with needed goods for all stages of the recovery process and we are deploying those goods via our trusted nonprofit and response agency partners who are on the ground.

Hurricane Dorian UPDATE (4/3/2020)

  • GlobalGiving Goals - $50,000 – GlobalGiving Funds Received - $50.00
  • 2020 Good360 Dorian Funding  $140,000
  • Fair Market Value of Donated Goods Distributed: $572,239
  • Estimated FMV Goal: $1.5 million in 2020
  • Amount of product prepositioned and planned for 2020: $600,000

Products distributed to date: Furniture, mattresses, shingles and other rebuild materials

Nonprofit partners: Day One Disaster Services (North Carolina) SBP, IOM partners, International Red Cross, Salvation Army, CORE and Head Knowles 

ONGOING WORK:

  • Abaco - working with Lift to move donated hotel renovation furniture and building supplies to a CORE warehouse- on hold for now due to volunteers no longer in the Bahamas
  • Grand Bahama - SBP Bahamas – working on disributing product based on a new set of needs – includes appliances and household – also working with CORE on rebuilding needs like shingles and other products
  • Head Knowles - continuing to work on distribution of 150 containers of unsolicited donations from individuals and companies – Head Knowles moved their operation and many of the containers. 

In 2019, Good360 distributed $850,000 in supplies. For example Grainger Hazmat suits valued at over $279,000 for 14 pallets. There is still a significant volume of work to be done related to rebuilding and product distribution, including:

Overall Good360 funding for Dorian was $229,565

  • Foundations and Individual checks - This includes $50K from UPS, $25K from Park Foundation, $20K from GAF and $25k from various individual donor checks.
  • FunRaiseonline and employee matching donations - $63K - this included $15K from CarMax, Exit Realty and Sage Therapeutics employees and company matches, along individual donations.

GOOD360 DORIAN RECOVERY PROJECT DETAILS

1. Grand Bahama Refurnishing - Proram developing - building supplies have been distributed

Problem: Almost all of the island faced 20+ foot storm surge washing away many of the homes right off their foundations. For the homes that remain, all have serious black mold throughout their entire home. Because there is only 1 shelter remaining, families have been forced to move back to their homes. Many have gutted most of the damage, but the mold remains throughout the wooden structures and families are still using their mold-filled furniture. If we do not begin sanitation soon, the island is at risk for a major public health crisis.

Goal: Provide furniture and household goods to these families who have homes identified.

Partner Organizations: Grand Bahamas Port Authority, SBP, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse

 2. HeadKnowles Inventory Management and Distribution Support: Underway

Problem: Over 100 containers worth of supplies, unsolicited, ended up in Ft. Lauderdale consigned to HeadKnowles. HeadKnowles has little experience in dealing with product donations, warehouse management, product distribution, and last mile verification.

Goal: Create a model solution for unsolicited goods management and distribution.

Partner Organizations: All Hands and Hearts, HeadKnowles, Hands for Hunger, IOM

CHALLENGE: Unsolicited goods is always a huge issue in disaster response. It also poses the greatest threat to recovery efforts from a PR perspective. UPS funded Good360 to try and create an efficient distribution model with last-mile verification to ensure these goods are getting to the right people.

 3. Nassau Apartment Furnishing - In Planning

Problem: Approximately 50,000 individuals are still displaced living in shelters or living with friends and family. IOM and the Bahama’s Housing Initiative and working to identify apartments for short-term housing while homes are being rebuilt on the various family islands.

Goal: Provide furniture and household goods to these families who have homes identified. Provide hope and dignity by giving them a filled apartment while they wait for permanent housing.

Partner Organizations: International Office of Migration (UN agency) and Bahamas Housing

Challenge: Been seen as a gap provider in unmet needs. No one does furniture in international disaster recovery.

 4. Abaco Refurnishing: In Planning

Problem: 95% of the structures on Abaco are completely destroyed. Currently, INGOs and the government are working on debris removal and proper waste management. Due to many of the homes being rentals, government property or owned by internationals the land must be redistributed for rebuilding purposes. This island has a long way to go before furniture is needed widespread, but there is a short-term opportunity to work with IOM and the government on refurnishing their domes. 250 domes are being built to house families returning to the island. The government has no plans for furnishing these domes.

Goal: Provide mattresses for the initial 250 domes and furniture, as needed, once rebuilding has begun.

Partner Organizations: IOM, Bahamas Public Works, Samaritan’s Purse, All Hands and Hearts, Team Rubicon

Challenge: It has been stated by multiple INGOs that no organization provides what we do when it comes to refurnishing homes. There is a great opportunity with UN organizations and USAID to show the need for such a partner and build it into their recovery structure. The world’s attention is on Abaco. Helping this island will have a ripple effect on our reputation worldwide.

How Companies Can Help the Bahamas NOW:

Make a commitment now to donate the right goods at the right time: Recovery in the Bahamas will take years and survivors’ needs will be diverse and long-lasting. Make a commitment with Good360 today to provide specific goods at the time when they are most needed – we will ensure your items have maximum impact. If you have goods to donate, contact Jim Alvey at jalvey@good360.org.

CURRENT PRODUCT NEEDS:
Mattresses

Building supplies

Shingles

Furniture

Pillows/Sheets/Blankets

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Hurricane Dorian Report

12/30/19

 

Hurricane Dorian was the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. Dorian struck the Abaco Islands on September 1, 2019 with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. Dorian went on to strike Grand Bahama at similar intensity, stalling just north of the island with unrelenting winds for at least 24 hours. The damage to these islands was catastrophic; most structures were flattened or swept to sea, and at least 70,000 people were left homeless. After devastating the Bahamas, Dorian proceeded along the coasts of the Southeastern United States up to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, leaving behind considerable damage and economic losses in those regions.

Good360 continues to distribute critically needed product in strategic locations in the Bahamas and in the United States.  We were ready with needed goods for all stages of the recovery process and we are deploying those goods via our trusted nonprofit and response agency partners who are on the ground.

Hurricane Dorian UPDATE (12/30/19) –

  • GlobalGiving Goals - $50,000 – GlobalGiving Funds Received - $50.00
  • Overall Good360 Dorian Funding Received: $229,565
  • Fair Market Value of Donated Goods Distributed: $850,000
  • Estimated FMV Goal: $4 million
    Amount of product prepositioned in ATLANTA: $52,000

To date, Good360 has distributed $850,000 in supplies. For example Grainger Hazmat suits valued at over $279,000 for 14 pallets. There is still a significant volume of work to be done related to rebuilding and product distribution, including:

  • Unsolicited Goods Distribution with partners All Hands and Hearts, HeadKnowles, Hands for Hunger, IOM(project funded by additional UPS grant)
  • Nassau Hotel Refurnishing with partners International Officeof Migration (UN agency) and Bahamas Housing
  • Bahama Island Refurnishing with partners Grand Bahamas Port Authority, SBP, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse

Overall Good360 funding for Dorian to date is $229,565

  • Foundations and Individual checks - This includes $50K from UPS, $25K from Park Foundation, $20K from GAF and $25k from various individual donor checks. 
  • FunRaiseonlineand employee matching donations - now above $63K - this includes $15K from CarMax, Exit Realty and Sage Therapeutics employees and company matches, along individual donations.

GOOD360 DORIAN RECOVERY PROJECT DETAILS

1. Grand Bahama Refurnishing- In Process

Problem: Almost all of the island faced 20+ foot storm surge washing away many of the homes right off their foundations. For the homes that remain, all have serious black mold throughout their entire home. Because there is only 1 shelter remaining, families have been forced to move back to their homes. Many have gutted most of the damage, but the mold remains throughout the wooden structures and families are still using their mold-filled furniture. If we do not begin sanitation soon, the island is at risk for a major public health crisis.

Goal: Provide furniture and household goods to these families who have homes identified. 

Partner Organizations: Grand Bahamas Port Authority, SBP, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse

 

2. HeadKnowles Inventory Management and Distribution Support:

Problem: Over 100 containers worth of supplies, unsolicited, ended up in Ft. Lauderdale consigned to HeadKnowles. HeadKnowles has little experience in dealing with product donations, warehouse management, product distribution, and last mile verification.

Goal: Create a model solution for unsolicited goods management and distribution.

Partner Organizations: All Hands and Hearts, HeadKnowles, Hands for Hunger, IOM

CHALLENGE: Unsolicited goods is always a huge issue in disaster response. It also poses the greatest threat to recovery efforts from a PR perspective. UPS funded Good360 to try and create an efficient distribution model with last-mile verification to ensure these goods are getting to the right people.

 

3. Nassau Apartment Furnishing- Has not begun

Problem: Approximately 50,000 individuals are still displaced living in shelters or living with friends and family. IOM and the Bahama’s Housing Initiative and working to identify apartments for short-term housing while homes are being rebuilt on the various family islands.

Goal: Provide furniture and household goods to these families who have homes identified. Provide hope and dignity by giving them a filled apartment while they wait for permanent housing.

Partner Organizations: International Office of Migration (UN agency) and Bahamas Housing

Challenge: Been seen as a gap provider in unmet needs. No one does furniture in international disaster recovery.

 

4. Abaco Refurnishing: Has not begun

Problem: 95% of the structures on Abaco are completely destroyed. Currently, INGOs and the government are working on debris removal and proper waste management. Due to many of the homes being rentals, government property or owned by internationals the land must be redistributed for rebuilding purposes. This island has a long way to go before furniture is needed widespread, but there is a short-term opportunity to work with IOM and the government on refurnishing their domes. 250 domes are being built to house families returning to the island. The government has no plans for furnishing these domes.

Goal: Provide mattresses for the initial 250 domes and furniture, as needed, once rebuilding has begun.

Partner Organizations: IOM, Bahamas Public Works, Samaritan’s Purse, All Hands and Hearts, Team Rubicon

Challenge: It has been stated by multiple INGOs that no organization provides what we do when it comes to refurnishing homes. There is a great opportunity with UN organizations and USAID to show the need for such a partner and build it into their recovery structure. The world’s attention is on Abaco. Helping this island will have a ripple effect on our reputation worldwide.

How Companies Can Help the Bahamas NOW: 

Make a commitment now to donate the right goods at the right time: Recovery in the Bahamas will take years and survivors’ needs will be diverse and long-lasting.  Make a commitment with Good360 today to provide specific goods at the time when they are most needed – we will ensure your items have maximum impact.  If you have goods to donate, contact Jim Alvey at jalvey@good360.org.

CURRENT PRODUCT NEEDS:

  • Mattresses
  • Clean-up Supplies
  • Furniture
  • Pillows/Sheets/Blankets

IMPORTANT DORIAN INFORMATION

 

ARE YOU A NONPROFIT HELPING COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE DORIAN?

Good360’s platform allows you to identify and communicate your product needs as they change over time. We work with corporate donors to source the products you need and we can store product until you’re ready for it.

Email Kaitlin FitzGerald at kaitlin@good360.org to learn more.

EMAIL KAITLIN@GOOD360.ORG

 

ARE YOU A CORPORATION READY TO DONATE CRITICALLY NEEDED GOODS? 

Good360 takes a holistic approach to disaster recovery, starting with the impacted communities’ immediate needs (even during evacuation stage) and committing to being there for the long-term, always focused on delivering the right goods to the right people at the right time.

Email Jim Alvey at jalvey@good360.org to learn more.

EMAIL JALVEY@GOOD360.ORG

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