ViequesLove began as an initiative to support the island through GoFundMe.com on September 20, 2017, the day Hurricane Maria struck the island. Since its founding, ViequesLove has become a trusted umbrella organization cooperating and coordinating with other NGOs and government entities.
ViequesLove formed to provide aide to Vieques after Hurricane Maria struck the island on September 20th, 2017 and the first to land a plane full of satellite phones and supplies five days after the storm. Our volunteers worked around the clock to secure lives, provide necessities, and provide support where it was most needed. Since then, we have focused on preparing the island for another event and collaborating with all organizations working toward a sustainable resilient future.
MISSION & Vision.
To initiate, support, coordinate and implement sustainable community programs and to foster collaboration with groups and individuals working to improve the quality of life for residents of Vieques, Puerto Rico
Facilitate the collaboration of community groups and local government to design and implement a transformation of Vieques into a resilient and sustainable island prepared for an unpredictable future.
Resiliency demands preparation that includes the building of hardened infrastructure and the organizational capacity to manage a rapid return to normalcy. In the short term, the goal is survivability, but the long term expands into sustainability.
PREPAREDNESS & REPRESENTATION.
• Official member of the National VOAD
(Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
• One of two elected NGOs to serve on the COE
(Municipal Center of Emergency Operations)
• Member of the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
• Official volunteer with Vieques Emergency Management
• Supporter and participant of the Radio Communications Network
• Member of CANVAS advocacy group for disaster recovery and resilience