Our initial efforts were focused on satisfying the immediate needs of the islands.
Most of USVI is stabilizing while Puerto Rico continues to struggle. Fortunately, commercial airlines are now providing service to the major airports in the islands so people are able to get to the mainland at reasonable rates. Additionally, large shipments of supplies are being delivered and dispersed to those in need within reasonable timeframes.
Our mission has shifted from focusing mainly on disaster relief efforts to looking at how we can support the islands in rebuilding their communities. It’s estimated that 15,000 homes need tarps because of damage to their roofs, the majority of islanders will go at least 3-6 months without power and jobs are scarce.
We are currently focused on supporting the following:
- Animal Rescue – many islanders had to leave home without their pets due to airline and mercy cruise restrictions. We are working to fund flights that return these animals to their owners.
- Provision of Skilled Labor – we have specific requests for electricians, plumbers and people who have the ability to run crews of laborers.
- Support of Roof Replacements and/or Tarp Installations – we have been told that installing a tarp on a home takes just as long as building a replacement roof so we’re investigating roofing solutions that are affordable but permanent.
- Solar Power – the majority of the islanders depend on power for their homes to be supplied with fresh water because their water is filtered via electrical pumps. We are researching how solar power can be used in an affordable manner to get fresh water to more people in a timely manner.
- Supplies – we have adapted our list of supplies based on feedback from our contacts on the islands.
It is absolutely crucial that outside relief efforts not only continue, but sustain until the the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are stabilized and on a path to recovery.
Overview of Progress
My name is Jennifer Lockwood. I work at St. Pete Air in St. Petersburg, FL – I’m a mother, a pilot and a former resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Once you’ve lived on the islands, you come to understand how close-knit this unique community is and that it’s not just the obvious beauty of the Caribbean, but the people who live there that truly make this region special.
After moving to Florida from St. Croix three years ago, I have remained in touch with many friends who still live on the islands and I still do business and visit there frequently. My relationships and ongoing contact with my islander friends have put me in the unique position of being aware of what is needed now in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma & Maria – simply put, the people of the Caribbean need our help. The devastation in the islands is unprecedented. Many island residents are living in conditions that most of us cannot fathom and without things we often take for granted like food, clean water, electricity and homes.
As part of my commitment to support USVI not only with immediate relief, but ongoing support, I have partnered with my employer, St. Pete Air, and a local nonprofit, the Glasscock Family Foundation, to provide support in ways that make sense economically and resourcefully. Working directly with my contacts in USVI we can provide exactly what’s needed where it’s needed in a timely and efficient manner.
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Our goal is to strategically empower the people of USVI & Puerto Rico with whatever they need to begin to rebuild while also providing relief effort supporters with feedback about how their donations are actually being used.
How Bad Is The Damage to USVI?
After Irma, Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Heads to Devastated U.S. Virgin Islands to Raise Awareness
Posted to NBC News website on September 17, 1017 – this video shows the widespread devastation on both St. Thomas and St. John. It is estimated that 80% of the structures on St. John have been severely damage.
Keep in mind – this video is of damage that existed PRIOR to Hurricane Maria!
Why Should We Get Involved?
We obviously do not have the same resources as the Federal Government or other large disaster relief organizations, which have been doing a tremendous job, but as a grassroots effort we can provide aid that adapts as needs change by staying in tune with specific requests from the islands.
It took national aid organizations four days to arrive after Irma hit, while the resources coming out of St. Croix from local relief efforts came immediately. Personal fishing boats, charter boat companies and private planes have all been running non-stop to provide goods that have been gathered by the local community. The sustainable local farms on St. Croix have been sending fresh produce to the local soup kitchen that is serving over 600 hot meals a day to local St. Thomians. These efforts, and many more, are making an immediate impact.
We know exactly where donations are going and will keep you updated with the progress of our efforts. With your help, our efforts can provide hot meals to families who have lost everything in the aftermath of the storms, give them power in their homes and begin to help rebuild the communities that make the Virgin Islands such an amazing place to live and visit.
It’s anticipated that the majority of islanders will be living without electricity for at least 6 months.
Unlike donations to national organizations that can take time to begin distributing funds and goods, your support will have an immediate and substantial impact on the Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico.
Updated October 13, 2017
We have donated over 16,000 lbs. of supplies!! We cannot thank you enough for your support and generosity. Many of the supplies we needed previously are now either available on the islands for purchase or are available because of your generous donations. We are still being asked for certain items so we have created an Amazon wishlist – if you’d like to support the effort by providing supplies, please make purchases from the Amazon wish list and have them shipped to:
5088 Estate Solitude
Christiansted, Vi 00820
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Phone number: 340-773-8382
Thank you for supporting us in making a difference!
If you are interested in providing supplies, please choose items from the list provided as we have been asked specifically for these items.
Here are a few ways that your monetary donations will help our fellow Americans recover:
A donation of any amount will help fund our mission. There is no amount that is too small.
A donation of $350 dollars will purchase airfare for a skilled laborer to visit the islands. We have coordinated with island contractors to make sure that laborers are assigned to jobs that are crucial in rebuilding the island communities.
A donation of $500 dollars will purchase chainsaws to help clear properties of down trees.
A donation of $1,000 dollars will purchase a generator to allow a family or home to have power.
Donations are made to a private family foundation & registered nonprofit , Glasscock Family Foundation
Any amount you decide to donate will be very much appreciated and will make a huge difference in the lives of the Islanders whose lives have been upended.
How Can You Donate Items & How Are Donations Getting To USVI?
If you want to donate supplies then please choose something from the Amazon Wish List. Please do not send clothing, stuffed animals, or anything else that is not on the list. It is a challenge to sort miscellaneous items and sending random items cause massive logistics issues.
If you wish to donate your time, please fill out the contact form below and let us know how you’d like to help. Please give us a few days to respond and thank you for your patience.
100% of monetary donations will be used to support our mission.
If you’re making a corporate or business donation and would like recognition on this page or on our social media, please use the form below to contact us.
Together we can get the people of the Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico to a place where they can start to rebuild their lives.