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USVI Relief Program

by All Hands and Hearts
USVI Relief Program
USVI Relief Program
USVI Relief Program
USVI Relief Program
USVI Relief Program

Greetings from All Hands and Hearts! 

It is hard to believe that we are already into the month of September, quickly approaching what will be the two year anniversary of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Our USVI program changed so much since 2017, our teams completing impactful work that we have been so happy to share with you. Thank you for sticking with us from the beginning.

This quarterly report will be our last for this project, as our St. John program has officially come to a close. We invite you to follow our work as it continues in Puerto Rico (on this page), where AHAH will remain until March of 2020. 

To say we will miss the wonderful people of St. John is an understatement, and we feel fortunate to have stayed for a total of 18 months.  During this time our teams positively impacted 8,973 people, after completing 1,470 jobs. To celebrate, our teams joined community members for an evening together in Coral Bay to reflect on their time on the island and say their goodbyes to the home they had come to know and love. 

A few words from our Program Director: 

“As difficult as it will be to say goodbye, this experience is one that we will never forget.

As they say on the island.... everything's fine. Much love”.

On behalf of everyone at All Hands and Hearts, thank you! 

 

Dear friends and supporters,

There have been some big changes since our last update - a mix of exciting and very bittersweet. 

In St. Thomas, our program officially closed on April 30th after 20 months of response and recovery efforts. Our team was incredibly sad to leave the communities that made them feel so at home, but they were grateful too that All Hands and Hearts was able to stay for so long furthering recovery on the island as a whole. To celebrate the completion of the program, our team gathered with the community at the newly revitalized Alvin McBean Recreation Park for food and a celebratory ballgame. The efforts of our St. Thomas team yielded the completion of 930 jobs, benefiting over 6,000 people! Thank you for following our progress for the past 20 months, and for showing you care about the wonderful people of St. Thomas. Linked below is a blog story about one of the incredible projects our teams had the privilege of completing, for a gentleman who gives back to his community every day. His story is truly a sentiment of how resilient the people of St. Thomas have been and will continue to be for years to come.

In St. John, teams are working hard repairing homes to a beautiful finished state where homeowners can finally return without worrying about the wind and water-damage they may face. For context, some of these homeowners have been displaced for more than one year because of the unsafe condition of their homes. It is truly heartwarming to participate in a process that brings so much joy back to the lives of our beneficiaries, and we are grateful for your support which helps make it all possible! As we continue working on this beautiful island, we are mindful that this program too will soon be coming to a close. Our program in St. John is set to wrap up at the end of July. Until that time, teams are continuing to actively participate in community-hosted events, making connections with friendly faces old and new. Most recently, 25 team members signed up to help host the “Music is Life” music festival, held annually in Coral Bay. Additionally, another 15 volunteered to help the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park host their annual “Beach to Beach” swimming competition which had 125 participants this year! We truly value any opportunity to engage with community members, and to learn more about the lives of those we are working hard to help. To date in St. John, our teams have worked on 286 sites, completing 460 jobs, touching the lives of 1,186 people. 

Linked below is an additional story where you can learn about the volunteer experience, and how working in the USVI has meant so much to six volunteers that were able to join us there. Thank you for continuing to support the efforts of All Hands and Hearts, and I look forward to updating you again!

Community Ballgame at Alvin Mcbean Recreation Park
Community Ballgame at Alvin Mcbean Recreation Park
Volunteers in St. John
Volunteers in St. John
Volunteers helping at the "Beach to Beach" race
Volunteers helping at the "Beach to Beach" race

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Hello friends and supporters of GlobalGiving,

We have exciting news about AHAH and our USVI operations: our timeline has been extended! In St. Thomas, our work will continue until the end of April and in St. John, our work will continue through the end of June. It’s right there in our mission statement: “AHAH addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters”. It means so much to those still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria that supporters like you are helping keep our teams on the ground, bringing a sense of normalcy back to the lives of so many. We are so grateful to GlobalGiving and it’s vast network of supporters that have made it a priority to keep this work going.

During this quarter, our team in St. John was able to celebrate an exciting milestone. February 16th marked one year since All Hands and Hearts arrived on the island, ready to get to work. During this time, our teams were able to positively impact nearly 25% of the islands population - that’s 987 residents! To celebrate, our teams shared an evening of food and conversation with volunteers, homeowners, and members of the community that have gotten to know us over the past year. Our teams have developed so much love for the people of St. John, and they are so excited to continue working with them. Since February, our numbers have grown quite a bit! We just surpassed having 50,000 volunteer hours on the island, which helped complete the work on 283 sites, ultimately helping more than 1,121 people.

In St. Thomas, work has been equally impactful. Teams are continuing rebuild work on homes, as well as work to revitalize the Alvin Mcbean Ballpark. As of  March 21st, our St. Thomas team has logged 113,717 hours of work, worked on 584 sites, and helped an astounding 6,310 people since their work began on the island last year. None of this would have been possible without the amazing partnerships our teams have, and the unwavering support of donors like you.

Linked below is a blog post about one of our wonderful beneficiaries, who was able to join us at our one year celebration in St. John. His story, like so many others, makes us more motivated than ever to continue working in the USVI!

Thank you!

One Year on St. John Celebration
One Year on St. John Celebration
A Site Supervisor at the Alvin Mcbean Ballpark
A Site Supervisor at the Alvin Mcbean Ballpark
Volunteers in St. John
Volunteers in St. John

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Hello Donors!

We are now over one year into response and recovery work in the USVI, where extensive damage was caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria particularly to the Islands of St. Thomas and St. John. There are some noteworthy changes related to our work here that we are excited to share with you, the generous supporters of GlobalGiving!

Our response program currently operating in St. John (Barranquitas and Toa Baja specifically), will likely wrap up at the end of December as the community need for response work continues to decline. Recovery will continue for the time being, as our teams work hard to assist those that are still reeling after the back-to-back storms. Our teams here have made an amazing impact, completing work on 254 homes to date. With the help of 356 volunteers logging 7,453 days of work, 905 people have benefitted from the work All Hands and Hearts is doing in St. John! We are so grateful to the GlobalGiving community for helping us continue this meaningful work.

Work in St. Thomas is also running smoothly, as AHAH volunteers and staff continue response and recovery work both on homes and schools. Similarly impactful, teams in St. Thomas have completed work on 534 homes since the program began! Work on a fifth school in St. Thomas is underway, helping another wonderful group of kids return to a safe and comfortable learning space. With the help of 1,024 volunteers logging 2,1084 days of work, 6,284 people have benefitted from the work All Hands and Hearts is doing in St. Thomas! We are committed to remaining in the USVI until the end of March, 2019, and this is only made possible because of our passionate supporters like you!

We are so excited to see what our teams accomplish over the next few months in St. Thomas and St. John. For more updates, please continue to follow our work on GlobalGiving! We are so grateful for your continued support of these crucial efforts.

From all of us here at All Hands and Hearts, Thank you!

Mucking, gutting, and sanitizing in the USVI
Mucking, gutting, and sanitizing in the USVI

Hello Donors!

The one-year anniversary of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two massive hurricanes that caused extensive damage to many of the Caribbean islands, has just passed. The US Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John are included here, both experiencing high levels of damaging wind and rain. After one year the work that remains is substantial, but our All Hands and Hearts team remains on the ground rebuilding homes, schools, and hope for the community.

Though mucking, gutting, and mold sanitizing processes continue, our field teams and volunteers are continuing to make great progress in the recovery phase of many active projects. To date, over 900 volunteers have put in over 83,000 hours of work. As of late September 2018, our field teams have confirmed working on 508 home sites, as well as 25 schools and other community structures. Of those combined sites (totaling 533), 502 have been completed thanks to the generous contributions made by donors like you!

We are pleased to let you know that our commitment to these optimistic, determined communities will carry on well into 2019, as we work to reach people who still need help. One reason this is possible is you: the generous GlobalGiving community has brought us half way to our fundraising goal. We hope to reach our goal in its entirety, so we can bring normalcy back to as many needy families as possible in St. Thomas and St. John over the coming year.

For more personal stories and photos detailing how All Hands and Hearts has been able to help communities in the US Virgin Islands recover, please visit the links to our photo blog featured below.

Thank you for your continued support!

Debris removal in a home in the USVI
Debris removal in a home in the USVI
Recovery and repair work in the USVI
Recovery and repair work in the USVI

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All Hands and Hearts

Location: Mattapoisett, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Julieann Jones
Mattapoisett, MA United States

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