Disaster Relief: How to Help in the Bahamas
September 9, 2019
Like many, The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region is concerned about Hurricane Dorian's devastation of the northern Bahamas. Recent United Nations reports suggest that as many as 76,000 people are homeless on the worst hit Abacos Islands and Grand Bahama Island.
According to United Nations Children's Fund Deputy Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, "Children and their families who survived the hurricane have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their relatives, and have been left with little water or food.”
There are many ways to support the people of the Bahamas.
If you are an existing Community Foundation fund donor and would like to contribute from your fund to any of the nonrpfoits responding to the disaster, log in to DonorCentral and submit a grant recommendation. Contact our staff if you have any questions about where or how to give.
Local investment advisor Doug Stewart, a founding board member of The Community Foundation, is working with friends to support a major rebuilding effort for the communities of the East End of Grand Bahama through CORE.
CORE, which stands for Community Organized Relief Effort, is a nonprofit that emerged in response to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. The CORE model supports emergency relief as well as disaster preparedness, environmental resilience and community building.
The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Fund is a philanthropic fund of Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina established by the Grand Bahama Port Authority. One hundred percent of all donations to the U.S. based Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Fund serve charitable purposes for Grand Bahama disaster relief. Read more about gift deductibility for US citizens giving through this community foundation.
Donate financially through The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Fund.
Donate goods through The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Fund.
The Guardian has a comprehensive guide to ways to give in support of Hurricane Dorian disaster relief. This webpage includes links to helping foundations, the Red Cross and 30+ organizations vetted by Charity Navigator.
The Miami Foundation - the community foundation serving Miami, Florida - is also helping to coordinate relief response. Read their list of hurricane relief resources.