Hurricane Irma left a lasting impact on many of the islands in the Caribbean that we have visited, written about or fallen in love with from afar. And while Irma may have faded away, the devastation she left behind certainly has not. It will take months, and in some cases years, for islands such as Barbuda, the US and British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and the rest to recover.
I originally posted updates on the recovery process in this article but it soon became clear that the number of relief efforts was beginning to dwarf the actual updates many of you were looking for. Recognizing this, I decided to separate the tourism and travel-related updates from the fundraising efforts/charity organizations and foundations by creating a new post just for the charity-focused updates. While I have been able to verify some of these fundraising sites and organizations, it is ultimately up to you to do your own due diligence when it comes to deciding who to send your money to. Read this article and this one for advice on what to do when choosing who to donate to.
If you would like to have your fundraising effort and/or organization included on this page, please send me an email at info (at) beachbarbums (dot) com or leave a comment below. Once your information is verified, I will update the list.
GoFundMe has created this page to consolidate all of the Hurricane Irma campaigns into one location.
Charity Navigator, which evaluates charities worldwide and rates them, “has compiled a list of highly-rated organizations responding in the aftermath of this hurricane and providing assistance to the communities affected.” You can view the list here.
Note: Due to my close ties to the people on the island of Anguilla, the number of fundraising sites and charities that I have been made aware of has become too large for me to accurately track. Therefore, if you are interested in helping the island of Anguilla recover, I would strongly recommend that you visit this page at Nori Evoy’s website, Anguilla Beaches. She has links to all of the individual fundraisers as well as her own. The previous links I had discovered will remain as listed below (they are on Nori’s site as well).
Roy’s Bayside Grill GoFundMe site.
Meads Bay Beach Villas and Solaire GoFundMe site for staff.
SandBar GoFundMe site for staff.
Bankie Banx and the Dune Preserve GoFundMe site.
Carimar Beach Club GoFundMe site for employees.
Frangipani Beach Resort GoFundMe site to benefit their employees.
Sunshine Shack GoFundMe site.
Anguilla Progressive Association of New York’s hurricane relief fund.
US Virgin Islands
Caneel Bay employee relief fund.
Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation.
St. John Community Foundation and St. John Rescue Inc. are two local charities helping the people of that island.
Tim Duncan’s 21 US Virgin Island relief Fund.
American University of Antigua, College of Medicine GoFundMe site.
JetSetSarah.com list of fundraisers to help resort staff in Anguilla, BVI, USVI and Turks and Caicos.