Island Hurricane Disaster Relief

After the Hurricanes: How you can Help
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Almost a month after Irma, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, along with St. Martin and St. Barths, are cleaning up the massive devastation caused by the Category 5 hurricane. Here’s how you can help the Islanders rebuild their lives.

The charter companies that have provided wonderful vacations for so many sailors are vital to the islands’ tourism-based island economies, employing hundreds of locals and providing indirect employment to hundreds of others. They were hard hit by Irma and Maria, with many boats destroyed and many others badly damaged.

Although the charter companies almost all plan to resume operations before the end of the year, they have lost so many boats that it will be some time before the fleets return to pre-Irma levels. Consequently, charter staff who have in many cases lost their homes also face losing their livelihoods until business returns to something approaching normality.

Most charter companies have set up funds to help their employees get back on their feet. If you’ve enjoyed a charter holiday in the Leeward Islands, perhaps you would consider a donation to help out the people who made those memories possible. In all cases, these donations will go directly to the affected employees, minus the fees applied by YouCaring, Gofundme et al.

BVI Yacht Charters

https://www.gofundme.com/staff-of-bvi-yc-devastated-by-irma

CYOA Charters

https://www.youcaring.com/cyoastaffmembers-960123

Dream Yacht Charters

https://www.youcaring.com/bvistmartinemployeesofdreamyachtcharters-950013

Horizon Yacht Charters

https://www.youcaring.com/horizonyachtchartersbvistaff-956205

Marinemax Vacations

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=nwQzIwXgFp8B_UlJWfJ8_ywz4tCPCKU9Uiyry_wyQ_5RWI4O-iqd8fyVsGCQRkvlHZr_XW&country.x=US&locale.x=US

Sunsail

https://www.youcaring.com/caribbeanstaffofsunsailthemoorings-966039

The Moorings

https://www.youcaring.com/caribbeanstaffofsunsailthemoorings-966039

TMM Yacht Charters

https://www.youcaring.com/tmmtortolastaff-952274

Bitter End Yacht Club

https://www.youcaring.com/bitterendyachtclubemployeesthevirgingordacommunity-944198

Voyage Charter Staff Recovery Fund

https://www.gofundme.com/Voyage-employees

Do you want to contribute to the rebuilding efforts taking place in the islands in general? A Google search revealed that many fundraising efforts have been established by private citizens for hurricane relief. While most of these are no doubt legitimate, some are bound to be scams. Be careful with your donations. Here follows a list of legitimate fundraisers.

USVI Recovery

https://www.usvirecovery.org/

BVI Recovery Fund

https://hello.pledgeling.com/widgets/donate/f4fe0a65390299b0eae14f838a79a64f#amounts

Jost van Dyke Humanitarian Aid

https://www.gofundme.com/jost-van-dyke-humanitarian-aid

Virgin BVI Community Support Appeal

https://www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-community-support-appeal

VISAR (Virgin Islands Search and Rescue)

https://www.youcaring.com/residentsofthebritishvirginislands-942353

Regatta Reach Out Fund for Jost van Dyke/Anegada

https://www.youcaring.com/residenceofjostvandykeanegada-942741

Virgin Gorda Relief Supply

https://www.youcaring.com/virgingordacommunity-940410

Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dominica-hurricanerelief

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