Hurricane Irma & Maria Disaster Response
United Way U.S.V.I. provided key essential items to Virgin Island residents that faced food, water, hygiene and household need shortages on all 4 islands post Hurricanes Irma & Maria. The organization galvanized support from many new partners in order to provide community distributions on St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and Water Island.
Many in need were served while working with new partners to support traditional partners who were not able to help as they were in need themselves. UWUSVI was able to engage and support the island’s hospitals by providing medical supplies with a value of over 500,000 dollars in aid. The organization provided cleaning products to the Department of Education to clean local schools which could be reopened as 50% of the territorial schools were closed due to structural damage. Non-perishable food, milk and canned food was also given to support the Territory’s school lunch program. UWUSVI collaborated with several government departments, local businesses and partner agencies in the disaster relief and recovery work which included:
- Dept of Agriculture to support local farmers with vital needs such as tools, coolers, solar lights, food and clothing
- VI Housing Authority to support residents with Disaster goods
- Dept of Human Services to support shelters with underserved clients who had not found shelter 60 days after the storms
- VI Department of Health Community MCH Clinic
- Supported orphanages and childcare facilities with baby food, clothing & toiletries to include Queen Louise Home, Nana Baby and Ceci’s Learning Center
- Supported traditional agencies with supplies and resources to include Catholic Charities, Red Cross, Woman’s Coalition, Light House Mission & My Brother’s Table
- Provided food, clothing, shelter, and counseling to disaster victims
- Partnered with local and mainland entities that gave their time and donated items that were shipped to the territory for distribution.