ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Through continued collaboration between community partners and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Center for Disaster Philanthropy recently awarded two grants for ongoing recovery efforts following the two major hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017. The grants were awarded to Love City Strong on St. John and the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development on St. Croix.
These grants complement prior grants awarded to community organizations providing support in housing, livelihoods, health, and renewable energy sectors — all areas where disaster recovery intersects with disaster preparedness.
Love City Strong received $100,000 to install new UV and carbon filtration systems on residential cisterns over a 12-month period for senior citizens, single-parent families, low-income households, and people with disabilities.
The St. Croix Foundation for Community Development received $50,000 for a Community Solar Project in partnership with the Virgin Islands Workforce Investment Board, Sustainable Systems International, and Lion’s Den Solar. Approximately 40 individuals will be trained on fiber optics and solar installation through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
In an ongoing partnership with FEMA, Lori Jill Bertman, the President and CEO of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation and Board Chair and Co-Founder of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, joined the FEMA recovery team in the U. S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. She provided significant disaster philanthropy knowledge and insight to the local communities with substantial input and on-site evaluation alongside FEMA and local partners, which was instrumental in grant making decisions. In this partnership, Lori served as an ambassador from the philanthropic community to join the FEMA team on three separate visits to all three islands.
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FEMA’s mission is to support people before, during, and after disasters.
For official information on the recovery effort following the hurricanes, please visit www.informusvi.com or www.usviupdate.com. Follow us on social media at twitter.com/femaregion2 and www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands.
To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org. For those who wish to help, cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands also has the “Fund for the Virgin Islands” at www.USVIrecovery.org.