In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma & Maria, Virgin Islands Worldwide is hosting a VI Hurricane Relief Drive. We are seeking funds, personal items and household items for distribution in the Virgin Islands. We are mobilizing the support of businesses, non-profits and individuals throughout the world to contribute. Please click our “Donate Now” button to get your donation directly to Virgin Islanders in need.
The residents have been left without the daily basics. Virgin Islands Worldwide are holding drives for the following:
A. Non-perishable food items – water, canned goods, crackers
B. Personal hygiene products – soap, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine products, disposable diapers ( adults and children), baby wipes
C. Medical Supplies – Tylenol, Advil, insect repellent, band-aids, cotton balls, first aid kits, multivitamins
D. Clothing – all sizes, for men, women and children
E. Cleaning supplies – Bleach, laundry detergent, dish liquid, cleaning cloths, sponges
F. Other supplies – Flashlights, batteries
G. Other - Generators, Portable Shower, Portable/Handheld fans
ST. THOMAS NATIVE GRAND-PRIZE WINNER OF NATIONAL 'FINDING ASHLEY STEWART 2017' CONTEST. On September 16th at the Brooklyn Kings Theatre had the honor of crowning Theresa Larsen Royals 'Ashley Stewart 2017'. As a native of St. Thomas, Theresa plans to use this platform to bring attention to help those affected by the recent natural disasters. Theresa will also push forward Ashley Stewart’s mission to put matters such as body positivity and self-confidence in the forefront of fashion.
Virgin Islands Worldwide began as an idea with Sheniko Frett, a Virgin Islander who is an avid sports fan and staunch supporter of all things Virgin Islands. Tired of seeing sporadic fundraising attempts by sports teams, he wanted to create a non-profit organization to provide on-going support of teams from the Virgin Islands that travel abroad. As he shared the idea with Maria Bell and Nanyamka Farrelly, they decided that the need for support went beyond sports teams – but to anyone who needed support in representing the Virgin Islands. They also realized the need to provide support for the Virgin Islands in times of crisis. Together with Maria – who has experience in the leadership of community and professional organizations and Nanyamka – who has expertise in corporate communications and public relations – Virgin Islands Worldwide was born. The organization is mobilizing Virgin Islanders across the world to support the Virgin Islands!
Virgin Islands Worldwide is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, support and advocacy of Virgin Islanders in the territory and throughout the world. We support individuals and groups representing the Virgin Islands in academic, athletic and pageantry competitions, ambassadorial travel and goodwill efforts. Our goal is to be a resource for our people. We accomplish this by serving as a clearinghouse – accepting resources from people who are willing and able to give – and distributing to people who are in need of support. Our main focus is on fundraising. Our secondary focus is on building a database of people who can volunteer their skills to support our causes. We partner with other organizations to ensure that our resources can make the biggest impact.
Hurricane Irma slammed into the US Virgin Islands on Sept. 6, as a powerful category 5 hurricane with winds of 185 miles per hour, destroying houses, buildings and infrastructure. St. Thomas and St. John were the hardest hit, with many people losing their homes and businesses – some losing all of their worldly possessions. Among the many things demolished were the Roy L. Schneider Hospital and Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. The islands remain without electricity, potable water and necessary food.
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