In early September 2019, Hurricane Dorian swept through the northern Bahamas, devastating thousands of Bahamians in Abaco and Grand Bahama. Hundreds of people have been killed. Many who survived have been left with nothing but the clothing they had on. And since hurricane insurance is prohibitively expensive, most didn’t have it.
Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian will need all the help we can give them — not just today, but for months and maybe years to come.
Here are some of the many ways to help:
- Bahamas.com, the official website of the Bahamas, has put together a Hurricane Dorian Relief page listing various ways you can help the Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian. This page also includes information on donation drop-off sites in the U.S. and Canada, and information about bringing relief supplies and goods into the country.
- Rotary District 7020 (Caribbean and Bahamas) is assisting with the hurricane relief effort by providing relief supplies, assisting evacuees, coordinating housing and more. Click HERE to learn more and to donate. For more information, email email@example.com
- Bahamian relief agency the HeadKnowles Foundation has raised more than $1 million to date for victims of Hurricane Dorian, and is aiming to raise $10 million to help Bahamians affected by the storm recover and rebuild.
- World Central Kitchen, an organization that delivers food to people in disaster zones, have served more than one million meals to date in Abaco and Grand Bahama. To help them continue to feed Bahamians in need, please consider donating to their cause.
- The Green Turtle Cay Foundation has launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds that will be distributed to affected Bahamians on Green Turtle Cay. The Foundation is a 501c3 charity, so U.S. donations are tax deductible.)
- The Green Turtle Cay Foundation has also established several collection locations in southern Florida to which relief supplies for Green Turtle Cay may be delivered. Items should be clearly labelled showing Green Turtle Cay as the final destination, and may be delivered or shipped to:
- ISLAND TYME HANGER, LANTANA AIRPORT – 2633 Lantana Road, Lantana, Florida 33462 (Hangar 214)
- AVID WAREHOUSE – 7656 Byron Drive #B12, West Palm Beach, Florida 33404 (Donations can also be mailed to this address — so feel free to order online and ship here.)
- GRANDVIEW PUBLIC MARKET – 1401 Clare Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
- YOGA PATH – 4514 South Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
- Partnering with the GTC Foundation is the Green Turtle Club/Friends of Empty Pockets, whose own GoFundMe page is collecting donations toward the Foundation.
- Green Turtle Cay’s Bluff House Beach Resort has set up a GoFundMe page to benefit the Green Turtle Cay community. Funds will be used to buy tarps, tents, portable stoves, work gloves, machetes, solar lamps, and other emergency and rebuilding supplies.
- Donate to the Green Turtle Cay Hurricane Recovery Fund, a 501c3 corporation formed and directed by Dr. John Shedd, Tyler Survance and John G. Shedd. All funds raised will be distributed by the corporation back to the community. They are also looking for donations of canned foods, clothing, and any other necessary items. To find out where to bring donations, contact them HERE. And here’s an article about their relief efforts from ClickOrlando.com.
- Contribute to Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue‘s hurricane relief fund Funds raised through this initiative will support the recovery effort on Elbow Cay/Hope Town.
- Hope Town second-homeowner Matt Winslow is working with the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue folks to raise funds and bring in aid. Here’s a link to his GoFundMe page.
- A GoFundMe page has been set up to benefit Guana Fire and Rescue, led by Troy Albury. Funds raised through this effort will be allocated by Guana Fire and Rescue to the people of Guana Cay.
- Another Guana Cay GoFundMe page has been set up by Katie Hoog, girlfriend of Guana Cay’s Ricky Sands. Funds will be used to purchase survival supplies, evacuation helicopters and boats, temporary housing, medical supplies and building materials.
- Marsh Harbour boat captain, Errol Thurston and his wife, Mercedes have set up a GoFundMe page to benefit the people of Abaco affected by Hurricane Dorian. Donations will help purchase survival supplies (water, food, toiletries, medical items) as well as items needed for cleanup and rebuilding. The Thurstons are also collecting donations of relief supplies at various sites throughout Florida, and have secured boats, planes and fuel to transport items over to Abaco. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be brought to any of the following locations:
- Donate money, food or clothing through the Bahamas Red Cross.
- Canadian organization Global Medic is shipping “Family Emergency Kits” and other relief supplies to the Bahamian regions affected by Hurricane Dorian. Click HERE to learn more and to donate.
- Water Mission (whose founders, George Greene and his late wife, Molly, have been long-time GTC second-homeowners), is providing clean drinking water to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. Thanks to a generous sponsor, all donations will be matched, up to $1 million. Click HERE to learn more and donate.
- Bahamian Life, a Bahamian-owned company that produces Bahamas-inspired fishing & diving apparel, has created a special, limited-edition t-shirt. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this item (which comes in men’s and women’s sizes) will be donated to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.
- Abaco’s Every Child Counts school – which provides education and vocational training for more than 100 children and young adults with learning, developmental or physical disabilities — has suffered significant loss. Alishia Liolli, a dedicated, young ECC teacher, was killed during the storm. And the ECC campus – including a recently completed transitional living facility, brand new vehicle, electronics and equipment – was destroyed. School administrators and staff are committed to rebuilding as soon as possible. Though they aren’t yet able to accept donations of materials or supplies, here’s how you can make a financial contribution.
- Key West Cares – For more than 40 years, the settlement of New Plymouth (on Green Turtle Cay) and the city of Key West have been sister cities. Now, city officials, the business community, churches and general population of Key West are uniting to help the residents of Green Turtle Cay affected by Hurricane Dorian. Key West Cares is collecting financial donations and coordinating volunteers, vessels and planes to help with delivering aid. Learn more at their Facebook page.
- Key West’s Island Roots Heritage Festival committee has begun an Amazon Wish List to collect supplies for the Green Turtle Cay’s Amy Roberts Primary School. Since they’re a nonprofit 501c3 organization, all donations are tax-deductible. Note: when purchasing from the wish list, please be sure to select “SHIP TO GREEN TURTLE c/o of Island Roots Heritage Festival” during checkout.
- Help.NGO’s Disaster Immediate Response Team (formerly known as GlobalDIRT) is helping to re-establish vital communications in affected areas and deliver much-needed relief and recovery supplies. You can help them to help our Bahamian friends by volunteering or donating.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I am neither affiliated nor involved with any of the above relief efforts. Nor am I in a position to formally audit or endorse any of them. It’s true that these are groups and organizations to which I would be personally comfortable contributing. But you should always do your own due diligence and ensure your own comfort level before contributing to any charitable organization or relief group.