(Updated May 5, 2020)
WE ARE READY TO HELP
At the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, the health and safety of our partners, staff, neighbors and community is always our top priority. And we couldn’t be more grateful and fortunate to be part of such a caring, generous, and resilient community, which we saw play out in such a huge way after the 2017 storms.
The changes taking place in the Territory and across the world in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are happening rapidly and can be overwhelming. As the situation continues to unfold, we want to take this opportunity to reassure the USVI that we once again stand ready to mobilize and help in any way that we can do so safely and responsibly, just as we did after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
DONATE TO COVID-19 CRISIS RELIEF AND RECOVERY IN THE USVI: BUILDING FORWARD FUND
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To learn more about the Building Forward Fund, click here.
STAY INFORMED AND PREPARED
At this time, we encourage everyone to be informed and prepared. Closely monitor updates and review valuable health and safety resources from our local government officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virgin Islands Department of Health, and VITEMA, where you can sign up for Alert VI, the agency’s mass notification system. In addition, text “covid19usvi” to 888-777 to receive local alerts specific to the pandemic. Click on the following link for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees.
If you or someone you know thinks they may be infected, please call the Department of Health at 340.712.6299 or 340.776.1519 and they will come to you. Do not go to the hospital or the emergency room unless it is a medical emergency.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We encourage you if you are able to support local nonprofit organizations that work with the people and families who are most vulnerable in our community. In times like this, philanthropy can shine.
- If there are opportunities to assist organizations that work with affected people, families and industries, or we learn of specific needs for our community, we will share those updates here.
- If you work with or for a nonprofit organization and you identify an increased need in your services because of COVID-19, or your operations are significantly impacted by the virus, please let us know.
ACCESS TO OUR OFFICE
Our office is currently closed and our staff is working remotely. You may leave a message for us on our main number, 340.774.6031 and we will get back to you as soon as we are able, or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will review this policy on a daily basis following guidelines from our local government, CDC and the VI Health Department and share updates as needed.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES & INFORMATION
CFVI is compiling a list of resources for members of the community that will be continually updated as we receive information. To access the list, click here.
COMMUNITY NEEDS & URGENCIES OUTREACH
CFVI is actively doing outreach to our nonprofit partners to better understand the needs and urgencies of the community. As a result, CFVI has created a public Google spreadsheet as a way for nonprofit entities, schools, social service organizations, and small businesses to share needs and resources with one another. To access the spreadsheet, click here.
JUNIOR ANGELS PROGRAM SUSPENDED
Effective March 18th, CFVI is suspending the Junior Angels program, in an effort to ensure that students are following CDC guidelines related to social distancing and other safe practices to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We will re-evaluate the status of the CDC recommendations, USVI school closures, and other factors in 1 month. Students with checks available for pick-up should provide mailing addresses.
Students with outstanding timesheets should submit them via email for payment and mailing (note there may be a delay in processing them). Please be safe and check in with us as needed!
FUTURE UPDATES AND COMMUNICATION
We will also provide additional updates and recommendations in the coming days and weeks via email, our website, and social media.