Virgin Islands – Relief, Recover, Rebuild (VI-R3) Originally known as Irma Relief for our Sister Islands took a "boots on the ground" approach in order to supply food, water and relief goods as quickly as possible for the islands impacted by Hurricane Irma.
The day after Irma we were busy collecting donations and working with the U.S. Coast Guard to get clearance to take boats full of disaster relief supplies over to our sister islands of St. Thomas and St. John. We executed the transport of relief supplies, evacuation of hurricane victims, housing of evacuees on St. Croix and complete evacuation to the U.S. Mainland. All of these efforts were 100% volunteer based and crowd funded through Irma Relief for our Sister Islands GoFundMe account.
We cannot thank all the volunteers and donors enough for their time, money and energy. None of this would have been possible without them!
In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria it became apparent the need for a non-government, non-profit organization that is focused not only on relief efforts but also on the recovery and rebuilding of the Virgin Islands after a catastrophic event. Thus, VI-R3 was formed with the intention of continuing to support these efforts within the Virgin Islands. VI-R3 was founded in hopes to be able to stay in place to respond immediately should the Virgin Islands experience another natural disaster in the future.
VI-R3 works with local Virgin Island businesses (as much as possible) to source supplies and services in order to help restart the local economy and provide employment to the people of the Virgin Islands.
The goal of VI-R3 is to continue to provide relief supplies as long as needed, facilitate recovery projects on each island that help to stabilize the community, and identify and support long-term rebuilding projects.
Those being evacuated from our sister islands will need temporary places to stay. If you are willing to house an individual or a family unit that has been evacuated, or you have a rental property that is currently empty that you would be willing to open up to evacuees, please let us know.
Please Donate Today!
In order to make hurricane relief efforts as impactful as possible, please make a donation of any amount to help us purchase water, food, tarps, medical supplies, and other essential supplies for the people that survived the catastrophic devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Every dollar counts, and 100% of the funds donated will go directly to relief efforts for our islands.
VI-R3 is a nonprofit organization working with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (our fiscal sponsor) to ensure all donations are tax-deductible.