On September 7th, Hurricane Irma devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, then just about 2 weeks later Hurricane Maria drowned whatever Irma had not destroyed. The savage storms crippled much of the infrastructure on the islands, leaving the population without power,supplies and many other key resources.
The United States Virgin Islands (USVI),located 40 miles east of Puerto Rico,is a group of islands consisting of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, and many other surrounding minor islands. The total land area of the territory is 133.73 square miles. The territory’s capital is Charlotte Amalie on the island of Saint Thomas. Previously the Danish West Indies, they were sold to the United States by Denmark in 1916.
Like Puerto Rico aid and resources from the U.S. have been slower than expected in reaching the islands due to complex bureaucracy. Unfortunately Puerto Rico has consumed much of the focus of the media and incoming resources leaving the residents of these islands feeling somewhat overlooked.
There are many ways to help. There are critical needs that have to be addressed immediately. It is also essential to think of the long term work needed to help the USVI recover and thrive . To give now below you will find a list of local charities and organizations. Consider taking the pledge to stay connected to the USVI’s recovery by committing to giving in the future so creating lasting impact. You can also commit to learning more and hopefully doing more about Climate Change and it’s impact on us all but particularly the most vulnerable places on earth.
Humane Society of St.Thomas
The Humane Society of St. Thomas is a 501c(3) not for profit organization that relies solely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to advance our mission.
To help these islands recover one of the most important things you can give is your long term attention. Take the pledge to stay informed about the recovery and needs of these special places. Any help now or in the future can make a difference. Also consider promising to visit the Caribbean soon. These islands all depend on Tourism to survive. You can even simply pledge to learn more and do more about Climate Change, that helps us all. Take the pledge, share it with your friends and make a lasting difference.