The 2017 Hurricane Season has managed to leave a large scar on the Caribbean, as many of its beautiful islands have been ravaged by two major hurricanes – Irma and Maria. It saddens us deeply to know that so many people have lost their homes and their livelihoods.
Many of our friends have asked how they can help. To that end, and with her permission, I am sharing a post created by the talented (and super sweet) Chrissann Nickel, founder of the website Women Who Live on Rocks.
Every new photo I see out of the islands that have been ravaged by Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria sickens me. Imagining how truly terrified everyone must have been during the storm and the dire situation the survivors are in now makes my soul ache. I wish I could take that pain away from our fellow islanders. I wish I could rescue them from the hell they are living in now. I am at a loss for words. And hurricane season continues to wreak havoc. My heart breaks for all those who experienced Irma and are still there, in need of rescue and basic life services.
I happened to already be away on vacation when the storms hit and have watched this horror from afar. I, like so many others, have lost my home, most of my possessions, and the island life that I loved so much. It is a surreal feeling – knowing that when I closed up my home to leave for vacation, I was walking away from everything I know and cherish. But I am one of the lucky ones. I did not experience that storm and I am safe in the US now.
The islands you love need your help desperately.
If you are a tourist who has ever visited these islands, please help. If you are someone who has ever dreamed of living in “paradise,” please help. If you used to live on an island, please help. If you are a fellow islander, please help.
*photo via Shaun Schroeter on Facebook
People have lost their businesses, their livelihoods, their homes, and all of their worldly possessions. They are in need of food, shelter, and evacuation. The situation is immediate and dire. The widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean is unprecedented.
I have tried to compile a list of ways you can help NOW for each of the islands effected. If you have additional organizations that you think need to be shared, please add them in the comments space of this post below or in the comments of the link of this post shared on our Facebook page.
Here is what I have so far, by region:
Caribbean Tourism Organization
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
Save the Children
Caribbean Rotary Clubs
Help Resort Staff Throughout the Caribbean
Donate via Apple Store (How To)
All Hands Volunteers
ARK / BWA Aide
Anguilla Go Fund Me
Help Anguilla Rebuild Now
Help Rebuild Seaside Stables Anguilla
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Halo Foundation – Barbuda Relief Effort
Barbuda Go Fund Me
Barbuda Hurricane Animals
Antigua & Barbuda Red Cross
Help Cuban Animals
Dominica Go Fund Me
UrtheRootz Mission: Rebuild Dominica
Puerto Rico Real Time Recovery Fund
Save the Children – Puerto Rico
Acacia Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico
Friends of Puerto Rico
St. Barth Disaster Relief Fund
St. Barth Go Fund Me
Gustavia Relief Fund
ST MARTIN / ST MAARTEN
St Maarten Go Fund Me
Dutch Sister Islands Fund
French St. Martin
SXM Paws – Animal Relief Fund
St. Maarten Hurricane Relief
THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
BVI Relief Fund
Virgin Unite Community Support Appeal
Jost Van Dyke Go Fund Me
BVI Government via Pledgeling
Three Sheets Sailing – Accepting Mailed Donations
BVI Go Fund Me
BVI Immediate Relief – You Caring
Virgin Gorda Community – You Caring
Amazon BVI Pets Wish List
BVI Strong Apparel
Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society
THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
St. John Community Foundation
Virgin Islands Relief
Irma Relief for our Sister Islands
Love for Love City by Kenny Chesney
St. John Rescue
Art for Love City
Gifft Hill School
Tim Duncan VI Relief
USVI “Adopt a Family”
United Way USVI
My Brother’s Workshop
USVI Amazon Wish List
ReVIve the VI
St. John Go Fund Me
Patient Assist VI
TURKS & CAICOS
Turks & Caicos Go Fund Me
Turks & Caicos You Caring
Turks & Caicos Just Giving
Friends of Beaches – Turks & Caicos
Bahamas Humane Society
Bahamas – You Caring
I know this is overwhelming. There are so many places that need help. But contributing literally ANYTHING that you can is what counts. And if you can keep contributing over time (add it to your monthly budget!), that would be even better. Pick one, pick several!
*photo via Brittany Meyers on Facebook
Please share this with everyone that has ever been touched by these beautiful islands – even if it’s just through a screensaver.
Additionally, keeping these islands and their people at the forefront of the media is essential. People quickly forget, but these islands will need help in the long haul. Any news coverage you are able to obtain to feature the islands in need would be incredibly helpful. Think local, think global.
Thank you for caring. The islands will come back to their glory one day. Now’s the time to point them in that direction.