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MBW Raises $100,000 for Spread Hope Campaign

Alpine’s Director of External Affairs Annalise Setorie has a big check for My Brother’s Workshop.

On March 25, Alpine Securities USVI pledged to match all donations made to My Brother’s Workshop’s Spread Hope fundraising campaign (up to $50,000) and by April 13, My Brother’s Workshop supporters answered the call of that match by raising $50,000. That means $100,000 was raised to provide meals and essential items to the vulnerable population of the Virgin Islands, while keeping the MBW trainees enrolled in the organization and engaged in its program of mentorship, education, mental health counseling, on the job training and job placement.

Alpine Securities USVI’s primary goal is to support Virgin Islands non-profit organizations that improve the health, well-being, and economic vitality of the community. Its philanthropic goals include supporting V.I. non-profit organizations that improve. “Partnering with My Brother’s Workshop on their COVID-19 relief efforts was a no-brainer,” said Alpine’s Director of External Affairs Annalise Setorie. “An integral part of the Virgin Islands community, MBW has provided, and continues to provide, support to those that need it the most. We are proud to collaborate with them so that they can continue their efforts to serve the people of the Virgin Islands.”

The “Meals on Wheels” initiative at MBW Cafe and Bakery has prepared and distributed over 8,000 meals to those in need during the pandemic.

My Brother’s Workshop has partnered with local government agencies, businesses and other non-profits during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide meals and essential supplies to seniors, homeless, displaced school children, those with compromised immune systems and families with medical or special needs in the USVI. Its longstanding partnerships in the community and their actions after Irma and Maria have put them in a position to stand in the gap for these vulnerable groups while avoiding duplicating response efforts.

Since launching their “Meals on Wheels” initiative on Monday, March 23, MBW Cafe and Bakery has prepared and distributed over 8,000 meals to those in need on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. Their workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix along with volunteers in the community are distributing on a needs basis in order to help the territory’s most vulnerable population.

The health and well-being of these individuals remains MBW’s primary objective. The organization will continue to raise funds and seek partnerships to provide those in need as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect community members.

A member of MBW making food bags for those in need in the territory

MBW’s partners on this initiative include: World Central Kitchen, Alpine Securities USVI, Office of the Governor of the Virgin Islands, USVI Department of Human Services, the Office of Senator James, the Office of Senator Myron Jackson, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities VI, Frederiksted Health Clinic, Lutheran Social Services of the VI, Cancer Support VI, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas Reformed Church, XO Energy, HMRT, Columba Capital, Ama at Cane Bay, St. Thomas Restaurant Group, 1First Bank VI, Merchants Market Group, Chicken ‘n Bowling, Tap and Still, McDonald’s USVI, Plaza Extra Tutu, Moe’s Fresh Market, Plaza West, Caribbean Packaging, 1FirstBank VI, Cruzan Rum, Rotary Club of St. Thomas Sunrise, Rotary Club of St. Thomas East, Nazareth by the Sea Episcopal Church, Heavy Materials, CC1 VI, Prime at Paradise Point, Cafe Amici, Custom Builders, PR Deli Provisions, Sugar Brown Farms, KLR Restaurant Supply, Virgin Islands Craft Distillers, Cost U Less, Fresh Greens VI, Petrus Gas, Old Stone Farmhouse, Bella Blue, Hideaway Farms, The Fabric Store, Giant Gas, Bellows International and The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas.

Anyone in need or knowing someone in need of receiving meals, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegtqpjS7vYAdMzlK0RUdex6OamRtVoaDyvPghI9DuzTLvJgg/viewform or call My Brother’s Workshop at 715-2769.

Individuals or businesses interested in partnering with MBW on this initiative, please contact Chrystie at communications@mybrothersworkshop.org. If the business is a restaurant able to donate items to MBW for meal distribution, fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqIsBZ1NyuOXQ9Ty7ZW4K1yJOnt10ZcykSC303iSzhe-r5mg/viewform. If interested in volunteering in material sourcing, case management/client monitoring or distribution, please fill out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNsR_YqJXiVaulchLdFFepmIbBEBmq35pwxXBB 8umXUEsllQ/viewform. If you are able to make a monetary donation you may do so by check at any of the MBW locations or online at https://www.classy.org/campaign/Spread-Hope/c277550. All donations made at this time will go toward MBW’s Spread Hope initiative and will provide the vulnerable community members meals and essential items all while continuing to keep their youth engaged in the MBW program.

Follow MBW on Facebook for updates at https://www.facebook.com/MyBrothersWorkshop/ or visit their website at www.mybrothersworkshop.org.

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