Frequently Asked Questions
Q. WHAT DOES ONE LOVE BVI DO?
A. One Love BVI is a charitable nonprofit providing aid and assistance with both emergency relief and the rehabilitation and long term recovery of the British Virgin Islands in response to Hurricane Irma.
Our program areas include aid and assistance for each of the three phases of Post-Disaster Recovery: Rescue & Relief, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction. Embedded in our core values is the long term environmental and economic sustainability of the territory. Rather than duplicate existing efforts, we seek to augment ongoing operations and fill the gaps where government, NGO, business, and personal resources are simply not available to get the monumental job done.
One Love BVI supports evacuation efforts, assists government damage assessments, provides relief medical personnel, procures donations of supplies and materials, negotiates discounted pricing for homeowners and businesses, coordinates logistics for supply shipments, and partners with the BVI chapters of Rotary Internationalto oversee the distribution of aid on the ground.
RESCUE & RELIEF
The Rescue & Relief phase includes immediate intervention to provide emergency rescue and life-saving relief supplies. The focus is on ensuring adequate supplies of food, water, shelter, medical treatment, clothing, and sanitation. The duration of this phase is short-term and typically lasts from 1-3 months following the natural disaster event.
The primary objective of the Rescue & Relief phase is life rescue. Government, NGO, and community operations may include:
- Emergency rescue
- Building up public kitchens
- Rescuing alive victims
- Cleaning up wreckages
- Providing temporary settlement
- Aiding medical evacuations
- Supplying relief medical personnel
- Assisting first responders
The Rehabilitation phase initiates the restoration of services to the community. This phase can last as many as 12 months or more, depending on the extent of the damage, and often begins even before the Rescue & Relief phase is completed.
The primary objective of the Rehabilitation phase is recovering a minimum standard of public services. Government, NGO, and community operations may include:
- Restoring public electricity, water, and sewage systems
- Stabilizing basic social services, such as hospitals and schools
- Repairing basic infrastructures including roadways, bridges, and communications towers
- Recovering economic facilities, including air and sea ports and financial institutions
- Rebuilding settlements
- Providing social work services and mental rehabilitation for post traumatic stress
The Reconstruction phase includes a comprehensive approach to a return to normalcy. This phase can last from 6 months to 5-10 years, depending on the extent of the devastation. Reconstruction often begins during the latter stage of the Rehabilitation phase.
The primary objective of the Reconstruction phase is rebuilding the whole system, with full resumption of services plus preventive measures. Government, NGO, and community operations may include:
- Rebuilding and improving the economy (tourism, agriculture, production, trade and commerce, banking)
- Redesigning and improving building codes
- Restoring and improving transportation
- Reinstating and improving telecommunication
- Revitalizing social and heritage institutions
- Mitigating the impact of future disasters
- Restoring freedom and ease for citizens, residents, and visitors
One Love BVI operates BVI Volunteers as the Volunteer Program in support of all our programs. BVI Volunteers gives concerned global citizens the opportunity to contribute their professional expertise from wherever they are around the world.
BVI Volunteers is a 100% volunteer effort. We currently have more than 750 volunteers that are organized by profession into over 20 teams, including:
- Boat Repair
- Captains & Crew
- Child Care
- Commercial Divers
- Communications & Social Media
- General Labor
- Landscaping & Reforestation
- Medical & EMT
- Project Management
- Public Relations & Media
- Security & Law Enforcement
- Social Workers
- Solar Technicians
- Supply Coordination
- Supply Distribution
- Volunteer Management
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Q. I WANT TO DONATE. HOW DO I DO THAT?
A. You are the BEST. Click here to donate. :)
On behalf of the people of the BVI, thank you for your empathy, your generosity, and your commitment to our beautiful islands and our indomitable spirit.
Q. HOW DO I VOLUNTEER?
A. You are the BEST. Sign up here! :)
Q. I SIGNED UP TO VOLUNTEER. WHEN CAN I GO TO THE BVI?
A. As of October 27, 2017 the British Virgin Islands remain under a curfew. Commercial flights have resumed. However, entry is still restricted. Only military personnel, trained first responders, relief medical personnel, BVI citizens, landholders, persons with a valid work permit, family members of residents, and sponsored workers are being granted clearance to enter the territory. Please understand the situation is currently very fluid. If you have signed up to Volunteer you will receive weekly volunteer updates, as well as breaking news, as soon as we receive them.
Q. I CAN'T GO TO THE BVI. CAN I HELP FROM ABROAD?
A. Absolutely! Our volunteers are lending their professional expertise from locations around the world. We are fundraising, coordinating evacuations, building relationships with journalists and media outlets, organizing relief medical staffing, negotiating discounts on supplies and materials, procuring supply shipments, coordination supply distribution, researching improved building codes, designing new guidelines for environmental sustainability, recruiting and training volunteers, curating an artists cooperative for funding projects, building a merchandise storefront, engaging the world through social media and newsletter communications, and much, much more.
Sign up here! :) We'd love to have you pitch in!
Q. WHEN WAS ONE LOVE BVI FOUNDED?
A. One Love BVI was incorporated in the U.S. as a Virginia Nonprofit Corporation on September 25, 2017.
Q. WHO ARE THE FOUNDERS?
A. James ("Jim") Murray Scott and Lauren Taylor, both former residents of the BVI, are the founding executive team. Founding Board of Directors members also include Dana Hokin (Bitter End Yacht Club), Cameron McColl (Nanny Cay Marina), Colin O'Neal (JOMA Properties, Ltd.), and Dalan Vanterpool.
Q. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR TEAM?
A. We'd love to! You can read more here...
Q. DOES ONE LOVE BVI HELP THE USVI TOO?
A. One Love BVI is solely focused on the British Virgin Islands.
Q. IS ONE LOVE BVI A U.S. 501(C)(3) TAX EXEMPT CHARITY?
A. One Love BVI's Form 1023 501(c)(3) application is in process and due to the nature of the emergency our legal team at Orrick and our fiscal sponsor, Voices for Global Change, are working together to fast track the exemption approval from the IRS. The approval process usually takes 12-18 months; however, on a fast track it may take as little as six months. During this time, One Love BVI operates as a nonprofit under the fiscal sponsorship of Voices for Global Change, a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit (Tax ID 20-1452783).
Q. CAN I GET A TAX DEDUCTION FOR MY DONATION?
A. You will receive a donation receipt for your charitable donation through our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, Voices for Global Change (Tax ID 20-1452783). If you are a United States tax payer, you may be able to claim your donation as a deduction on your tax return. Your personal accountant can advise you.
If you are a tax payer in a country other than the United States, your donation may be eligible for a deduction under your country's reciprocal tax laws. Your personal tax advisor can advise you.
Q. WHAT IS A FISCAL SPONSOR?
A. A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects. Using a fiscal sponsorship arrangement offers a way for a cause to attract donors even when it is not yet recognized as tax-exempt under United States Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). In essence the fiscal sponsor serves as the administrative "home" of the cause. Charitable contributions are given to the fiscal sponsor, which then grants them to support the cause. Learn more...
Q. WHERE ARE YOUR PHYSICAL OFFICES?
A. We operate out of Arlington, Virginia and Somerset, England.
Q. HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
A. Sign up for our newsletter and we'll keep you informed!
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY JOB OPENINGS?
A. We have a number of internship opportunities available. Internships require a time commitment of 10 or more hours per week and are unpaid. We'll help you get college credit for your internship if your school allows.
At this time we do not have any openings for paid positions. Sign up for our newsletter and when we have openings we'll post them there.
Q. I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION THAT ISN'T ANSWERED HERE. HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH?
A. You can contact us here. We'd love to hear from you!