Posts Categorized: Community

Astonishing Holiday Event Brings Brotherly Love to Coral Bay

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Holiday spirit in the US Virgin Islands is as resilient as ever post-Irma/Maria. A shining example of this brotherly love happened a fortnight before Christmas this year in the tiny community of Coral Bay. The tight-knit town on the island of St. John was not daunted by ninety days without phones and power when it… Read more »

Hundreds of Pets Saved From Peril by Island Dog Rescue

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After the destruction of Irma and Maria, Island Dog Rescue evacuated hundreds of dogs and cats out of the Virgin Islands and we are still doing it now. This is our story. Days before Irma hit, the St. Thomas Humane Society was overwhelmed with owner surrenders. I attempted to relocate thirty dogs to safety, but… Read more »

Direction & Activities – The St.John Community Foundation

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Reposted with permission from The St.John Community Foundation Direction and Activities Happy Thanksgiving week and thank you for your support of and interest in St. John’s recovery! The St. John Community Foundation is honored to be part of the massive and united effort underway to help St. Johnians put their lives back together. We helped… Read more »

A Bittersweet Thanksgiving for Displaced St. John Families

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Becky Ward will be home on St. John for Thanksgiving, but it’s a homecoming tinged with heartache. Though she; her partner, Patrick Rooney; and their two-year-old daughter, Hazel are returning, Patrick’s 10-year-old son, Jack, is staying behind in Virginia where he is now living with his Mom and grandparents and is enrolled in a new school…. Read more »

UPDATE: Nov 13 Results of Water Quality Testing at St.John Beaches

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Here are the latest risk levels on St.John beaches as of November 13th, provided by Love City Strong and the Surfrider Foundation. This post also contains the original press release with the October 31st water quality results.  Please heed recommendations for safe swimming.       —————————————————————- OCTOBER 31ST PRESS RELEASE FROM: SURFRIDER FOUNDATION AND… Read more »

Update From St.John Community Foundation

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St. John CommUNITY Update – 10/26/17 This update is brought to St. Johnians by Love City Strong, The St. John Community Foundation, Coral Bay Community Council, St John Rescue, Virgin Islands Relief Fund, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Help.NGO‘s DIRT. Curfew update: 11p-5a until November 2. Party in the park!… Read more »

The Plight of the Famed Coral Bay Donkeys

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Although Coral Bay, St. John has been utterly devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria, there is no question that this resilient Caribbean town will spring back better and stronger than ever. Scratch below the surface of the bayside bars and snorkel tour outfits and you will find a cowboy spirit as tough and independent as… Read more »

6 Ways to Use Your Unique Abilities to Rebuild the Virgin Islands

Hurricane Irma Maria Virgin Islands Senator Janelle Sarauw

We all react differently in a disaster. Some hit the ground running. Within minutes, action-types are doing something to help. If not clearing roads or checking on injured neighbors, these first responders are making plans to get the basic necessities to the affected. Others step back to reflect, nurture, and plan. These organizers are our… Read more »

Private School Needs Help to Cover Free Hurricane Tuitions

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The opening of Gifft Hill School to all kids offers more than just education, it allows parents to get back to the work of rebuilding the island. By Andrea Milam Tuesday, September 5, should have been the first day of school for St. John children. Instead, that day was spent in a terrifying rush as… Read more »

A Contrast in Colors – Focusing on beauty and resilience in the aftermath of the storms.

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Savanna Goodman is a Pennsylvania native who has been living in the VI for the past 7 years. She describes herself as an eccentric with a unique point a view, a trait that has served her well as the owner of Alternate Aspect Photography and the idea person, coordinator and photographer behind the Our colors Will Not… Read more »

St. John Hurricane Recovery Update: 9.27.17 SJCF-VOAD

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“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success” We are working on expanding strong partnerships with dedicated teams on the ground and in the states so we can identify each partner’s strengths and needs in the unified mission of helping St. John recover and rebuild. By sharing the tasks we will… Read more »

 State of St.John: Hurricane Irma/Maria Recovery Update From SJCF-VOAD 9.26.2017 

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“Today is better than it was yesterday.”  … and this momentum, even if it feels like “going back to square one” or starting over, this is an opportunity to not simply fix what is broken, but to try again at giving the island what it truly needs with the support, knowledge and desire to make it even… Read more »

 State of St.John Hurricane Irma and Maria Update From STCF 9.22.2017 

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Together we Rise! St. John Strong is not just a catchy phrase, it captures the spirit of our community, but even the strong need support to recover from a disaster like this. This is a team effort and boy what a team that has come together! *Information contained in this article is copied with permission directly… Read more »

 State of St.John Hurricane Irma and Maria Update 9.21.2017 

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“Paradise is not lost!” Message from St.John Community Foundation Director Celia Kalousek *Information contained in this article is copied directly from SJCF Director Celia Kalousek’s report 9.21.2017 Communications are limited, as expected, and teams are in the process of making an assessment of damage to the island’s infrastructure. Intermittent calls and internet exchanges are coming through… Read more »

St. John Rescue Press Conference Notes 9.13.17

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Spokespeople:      Jonathan Shames – St. John Rescue Relief President      Margaret Pokorny – Wife of St. John Rescue worker Attending Journalists:      Huffington Post       Wall Street Journal  Jonathan Shames – St. John Rescue Relief President’s Statement   St. John Relief has brought in Global Disaster, secured a MediVac helicopter, but has been overwhelmed with rescue asks. They… Read more »

St. Croix Hero Cindy Clearwater Steps up in the Wake of Hurricane Irma Catastrophe

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As communications crackle back to life in St. John, USVI, you can almost hear the island residents take a deep sigh of relief. It will be short lived. This tiny island has taken the worst hit by Hurricane Irma as far as sheer devastation is concerned. Three out of every five homes have been destroyed…. Read more »