On September 6th, Hurricane Irma ripped through the U.S. Virgin Islands, leaving a devastating mark on the landscape, infrastructure, and residents of the Territory. The Category 5 storm brought 185 mph winds and widespread destruction to St. John and St. Thomas in particular. Just two weeks later, another Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria, left further damage and set back relief efforts, especially on St. Croix. (See national and local media reports here.)
The challenges facing the USVI during this period of relief and eventual recovery are complex and multifaceted. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a longstanding history of serving the Virgin Islands community, CFVI has been identified as a trusted vehicle for receiving and distributing funds to support renewal across the Territory. In order to maximize effectiveness in this role, CFVI is engaging collaboratively to receive input from community members, fellow nonprofits, national and local experts, donors, government representatives, and others in order to ensure a comprehensive and strategic approach to applying the funds in a manner that enhances the wellbeing of both current and future generations.
In an effort to prioritize transparency, CFVI will update the public and donors through the CFVI website, e-mail listserv, press, and social media (Facebook | Twitter) on how funds are being managed and applied. Thank you for your interest in supporting the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands!
For information on various methods for donating to hurricane relief efforts, visit our Fund Donation page.