NYC EASTERN CARIBBEAN RELIEF FUND ANNOUNCES 1st ROUND OF RECIPIENTS FOR THE HURRICANE RELIEF INITIATIVE WITH $125,000 DISTRIBUTION
The NYC Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund Inc. has announced the first round of recipients to receive funds which have been donated throughout the past 5 months. The NYC Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund was created and funded by Island Global Yachting Ltd. and its parent company, Island Capital Group LLC in September of 2017 after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated parts of the Caribbean. The NYC Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund Inc. which has received contributions from several of IGY’s partners and investors, recently selected five local charities in the Eastern Caribbean to receive donations totaling $125,000.
“In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the humanitarian needs throughout the Eastern Caribbean are profound. The NYC Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund Inc. has recognized the substantial need throughout the Caribbean Islands and is dedicated to raising funds to continue the support as much as we can. While the islands have made huge strides toward recovery, there is still much work that remains to be done,” said Tom Mukamal, Vice-Chairman of the NYC Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund Inc. and CEO of IGY Marinas. “We are optimistic that in time, the spirit and resilience of the affected islands will prevail, and we hope that these funds will help them achieve that.”
The recipients of the donations are:
- Virgin Islands Marine Rebuild Fund (St. Thomas) – The mission of the Virgin Islands Marine Rebuild Fund is to boost employment for the islanders who have been without work due to the hurricanes. The fund will also identify employment and growth opportunities within the marine industry and work with local universities and high schools to promote job and business growth in a shorter timeframe.
- Fund for the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas) – The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, which has been operating in the USVI for more than 25 years, created the Fund for the Virgin Islands to help people affected by the hurricanes. The fund is working closely with government and community providers to identify priorities and direct resources for immediate needs as well as long-term recovery efforts.
- Salvation Army, U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas) – The Salvation Army Corps of St. Thomas is serving the Virgin Islands on multiple fronts. As one of the first responders to assist with the relief efforts, the Salvation Army, U.S. Virgin Islands, assisted in providing immediate assistance in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. The organization is continuing the support of families throughout the islands and assisting in the recovery and clean-up of the communities.
- I Can Foundation (St. Maarten) – The I Can Foundation is a foster home that provides a home to children between the ages of 0 to 13 years of age. Children who have been victims of neglect, abuse or other social issues are provided with around the clock care, guidance, treatment programs, and activities to prepare them for their futures.
- New Start for Children Foundation (St. Maarten) – The New Start for Children Foundation provides a home for 25 children. The home sustained severe damages during Hurricane Irma, including the loss of its roof, windows, doors, and nearly everything on the 1st floor. The second floor, which houses the children’s bedrooms, was completely destroyed. The orphanage will focus on making repairs and replacing items lost during the storm.