How you're awakening the Island Spirit in the USVI
By Britt Lake - Chief Program Officer
St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group volunteers
Thank you for supporting communities in the US Virgin Islands as they rebuild in the year after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Your donation to the Island Spirit Fund continues to support these five incredible organizations working locally to support their communities through recovery:
The St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group has managed 267 volunteers who in turn provided 13,050 hours of labor to support construction on 20 homes. Chris Finch shares one of the group’s many success stories, “When the homeowner entered the house and saw that she could occupy her bedroom for the first time in over a year, she collapsed on her bed in joy.”
The St. John Long Term Recovery Group started or completed the rebuilding of 10 or more homes with materials purchased with the funds donated by the Island Spirit Fund. They used their funds to source approved materials to build the homes in a more resilient manner and in accordance with building codes.
The St. Thomas Recovery Team (STRT) has put five families back into their homes. “The Island Spirit Fund has really raised morale on St. Thomas as well as on the other two islands,” says Imani Daniel, Chair of the Board for STRT.
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has made three grants to local organizations. The grants are piloting a recycling program on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus, supporting native tree restoration, and strengthening the local marine workforce with internships in coastal science or conservation and a partnership with Penn State's Biology program.
Across their work in the USVI, All Hands and Hearts has managed 1,141 volunteers who provided 23,668 volunteers hours to impact 6,718 people. A client expressed gratitude for this work saying, “All Hands and Hearts were the first people who said, ‘We can help you,’ and actually delivered on the promise.”
With your help, our Island Spirit Fund nonprofit partners are able to continue making a transformative impact in the lives of people impacted by the storms. Thank you for your continued dedication to the recovery of hurricane-affected communities for the long haul.
A CFVI grantee gave out native trees to be planted
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