Love City Strong (LCS) serves the community of St. John, USVI in addressing disaster preparedness and community wellness needs that fall outside the jurisdiction of other local entities. Our specific objectives are:
Source labor for our projects from St. John residents, which directs money into the local economy and develops assets for future disaster response situations.
Lead projects that educate the community in best processes in immediate aftermath of a disaster and in the long-term recovery phase, ensuring that St. John is better informed and prepared for future disaster situations.
Provide logistical support to other NGOs and government agencies both federal and territorial, in areas of disaster recovery and in areas of community wellness.
At the core of everything that we do, Love City Strong strives to:
Have integrity in our actions.
Have responsibility for our decisions, both as individuals and as a corporation, and their consequences.
Have respect for the communities we work with and serve.
Love City Strong began as a grassroots effort of St. John residents who came together in the direct aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, 2017. Within 24 hours of the first storm, our immediate goal became clear: Mobilize volunteers within the community to address the most pressing issues associated with the immediate recovery efforts.
Our team was quickly recognized by federal and local government partners and were brought in on immediate disaster needs projects. In December 2017, we officially became Love City Strong, Inc., a 501(c)(3) status nonprofit organization recognized in the United States and the US Virgin Islands.
Coordinated with the Elections System of the Virgin Islands for their 2018 voter registration drives, successfully registering a record number of St. John voters.
Participated in numerous community events thrown by other local NGOs as a source of manpower, including St. John Community Foundation’s 2017 Thanksgiving Dinner for First Responders; the St. John Cancer Fund’s “Light Up the Night” annual fundraising event; Love for Love City’s 2017 Volunteer Cleanup Initiative; Gifft Hill School’s “Gifft Hill Gives Back Day” annual youth empowerment through volunteerism event; the St. John Angels - Long Term Recovery Team’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Fair, and fundraising efforts for the Love City Community Network (LCCN).
Established ongoing projects serving the most vulnerable residents of St. John.
Established and staffed a logistical system for in-kind donations made to St. John by private donors: We set up a “Donation Station” in Cruz Bay for residents to “shop” for donated goods; coordinated with the American Red Cross, local government agencies, and faith-based partners on bulk distribution of donated goods across island; and assisted with supply runs of donated goods to our sister islands throughout the Caribbean.
Held a job fair to hire 50 St. John residents for Help.NGO’s Global DIRT emergency-needs canvassing project and 40 residents for the Love For Love City emergency cleanup crew. We further assisted Global Dirt in their canvassing project efforts through assisting with data entry and coordinating supply distribution of goods provided by the American Red Cross, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Love For Love City, and private donors.
Held Community Meetings, daily and then bi-weekly, from September 8th through October 30th to help disseminate relevant and/or emergency information from local and federal government partners to the public.
Coordinated logistics and set up inter-agency meetings between local and federal government agencies, NGOs, and other first responders to create a concentrated relief effort immediately following Hurricane Irma.
Coordinated housing solutions for first responders in federal agencies and NGOs.
Coordinated the delivery and distribution of private donor supplies between St. Croix, Puerto Rico, and St. John, in partnership with VITEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Coordinated the evacuation of over 1,200 St. John residents and tourists in 12 days, in partnership with Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Virgin Islands National Park, and private charter companies based in Puerto Rico and St. Croix.