Posts Categorized: Community

The Plight of the Famed Coral Bay Donkeys

Coral Bay Donkey

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

Hurricane Irma Maria Kids and Families

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 

Navy on STJ Irma Relief

“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

Hurricane Irma Rescue Duck

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 »

St. John Irma Relief Update 9.11.17

St. John Hurricane Irma Global DIRT arrive

Residents of St. John – on island and off – continue their massive community effort of pulling together to save, feed and shelter one another in classic Love City spirit but say they still desperately need help from the federal government for security, food, water, gas, medicine, equipment and more.   So many reports coming… Read more »

Update on St. John Hurricane Irma Relief: How to Help Find Loved Ones on Love City

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*This article was originally published on 9/9/2017, and will be updated continuously for accuracy and new developments.* LOVE CITY STRONG AND RESILIENT Today was a good day,  folks. More than just a Cat 5 has come our way. Love City is also receiving Cat 10 LOVE and support from world class search and rescue teams,… Read more »

The Virgin Islands Boater’s Guide to Hurricane Preparation

Hurricane Hole St. John

– This guide is dedicated to the sailors and boaters of Coral Bay. Through their collective knowledge and wisdom, this work was possible. If you are a new boat owner in the Virgin Islands, the approach of hurricane season can be a confusing time. Your hair is guaranteed to be raised by the stories of… Read more »

Summer Is the Best Time to Volunteer in the Virgin Islands

Volunteers Virgin Islands Car Wash

Summertime is often associated with idle hands and lemonade stands, but if you’re looking for an opportunity to stay active, volunteering in the Virgin Islands is always a good option. Volunteering your time not only helps the community, but also enriches you personally.  It can be as simple as helping a neighbor with yard work,… Read more »

Meet DaraMonifah, St. Thomas Super Nova of Art and Culture

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Native St. Thomian DaraMonifah Cooper is one of the bright stars of the Virgin Islands art world. An artist of many talents, she is also major community organizer and educator who dedicates herself to working with St. Thomas’ youth and teaches them about their culture through music, art, performance arts, and engaging in technology through… Read more »

Most Complete Guide to St. John Festival, Ever!

Cooper Penn Grande Marshall St. John Festival

St. John, US Virgin Islands, affectionately nicknamed “Love City,” is the scene for some of the most fantastic Festival revelry in the Caribbean. The St. John Festival is a month-long celebration that kicks off energetically with live music and performances and ramps up to an awe-inspiring fireworks display in the Cruz Bay harbor on the… Read more »

The Low Down on Low Key Watersports – 31 Years of Extraordinary Scuba Diving

Low Key Watersports

When Bob Shinners imagines the movie of his life it opens with him as a young man standing on a Milwaukee bridge in a thick parka. He climbs the safety rail, closes his eyes, and jumps. As he plunges into the icy water, his steel-toed boots and heavy winter clothes suck him into the murky… Read more »