Inspired by the generosity shown by My Brother’s Workshop (MBW) supporters on #GivingTuesdayNow, Discover Fund Management pledged to match all donations made to MBW from May 6-31, up to $10,000. Within five days, the community had answered that match. Then, The Island Caribbean Relief Fund, a 501c3 organization led by Island Global Yachting, supported by its shareholders and partners made a $10,000 donation.
Therefore, over $30,000 was raised to provide meals and essential items to the vulnerable population of the Virgin Islands while keeping the trainees enrolled in MBW and engaged in their program of mentorship, education, mental health counseling, on the job training and job placement.
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 territory.
MBW’s long standing partnerships in the community and its 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 20,000 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. MBW will continue to raise funds and seek partnerships to provide those in need as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect our community members.
The organization’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 and Rotary Club of St. Thomas Sunrise.
Other partners are 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, The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, May’s Kitchen, Lucky Jewelers, Boolchand’s St. Thomas, Airvoice VI, Discover Fund, Artistic Jewelers, DriveGreen VI, Island Global Yachting, Guardian Insurance, Coral’s Edge, Youth with a Mission, Frenchtown Community Center, Concessions International, Cane Bay Cares and the Prior Family Foundation.
If you or someone you know is 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.
If a person or business is interested in partnering with MBW on this initiative, please contact Chrystie at [email protected].