Sea Glass has some exciting news! We are proud to announce that we have officially embarked on our journey of social responsibility to the U.S. Virgin Islands community. Too many times we have found ourselves asking, “how can we give back to a community that needs it so bad?” Sure, when you look at our properties, vacation villas, and beautiful pristine water, you see the plentiful and the beauty– you see “The Life”. However, just as all around the world, there is a true need for help in the Virgin Islands, and when one is in the position to help–how can you not? Thus, we decided it was time to take action.
Sea Glass has set up a fund with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), by the name of Sea Glass Cares. It is our specific aim to help raise funds for various educational projects in the local community such as after school programs, summer school, sports programs, and other activities. What is appealing about this fund is that 100% of what we raise will go directly to charities of the Virgin Islands– no overhead at all, so when donating you can be rest assured that your monies are going where you want them to go!
Furthermore, we have made our own personal pledge to donate a percentage of our profits from our vacation program. So, if you are looking for a vacation AND you want to make an impact… look no further, we have the answer!
This month is going to be all about community involvement in the Virgin Islands. So, stay tuned for a new post each week and a little more information about Sea Glass Cares and how you can help!
Please visit www.seaglasscares.org to learn more about the Emmanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School Summer Program. More to come on our projects!
The Sea Glass Team sponsored and actively participated inThe 19th Annual St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race Festival this past Saturday. We had a blast! The community of St. John could be found every mile of the race cheering runners on with encouragement!
The race begins on the west end of the island of St. John, Virgin Islands and travels in an east direction. The course measures 8.38 miles. The starting line is located at the National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay at an elevation of about 5 feet. As you can see here in this description the highest point on the course is 999 feet and the finish line is back to near sea level in Coral Bay. Over the years many stateside residents have programmed their treadmills and turned up the heat in their home gyms to mimic the course for their personal training proposes.
The Sea Glass Team after completing The 19th Annual 8 Tuff Miles Road Race
The highest point of the 8 Tuff Miles can be compared to climbing to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building using the stairs. There is about a 51 foot difference between the two, but I can promise you the view of St. John at the highest point hands down beats the view from the Empire State Building. Everyone is welcome to sign up! From your most competitive runners to your casual walkers of all ages you are guaranteed to have a great time!
We’ve talked a lot this month about the Virgin Islands National Parks – after all, it’s part of what makes our islands so special! The VI National Park not only protects and preserves our beautiful islands, beaches and coastal waters, but it also serves as a platform for learning! There are some fun ways to experience the VI National Parks!
The Friends of the VI National Park (which we talk more about, here), offers a slew of seminars, hikes, coastal cleanups and events where you can get involved and learn more about the history, ecology, archaeology and more of our islands. Whether it’s a snorkel tour, a guided hike or a tropical ecology lecture and tour, there is something interesting and exciting for everyone. Through the Friends of the VI National Park seminar series, you can even learn how to make hot pepper sauce or shoot underwater photography! A few of our favorite upcoming activities can be found below, or check here for the full schedule of events.
The Beach to Beach Power Swim is also coming up in May, so sign up and find more information on the Friends website here. Get involved, learn something new and experience more of the VI!
Reasons to Come to the Virgin Islands – Community!
This month we are sharing some of our top reasons to come to the Virgin Islands. The perfect white sand beaches, warm tropical breezes, beautiful views and crystal clear ocean waters are obviously at the top of the list! That said, there is so much more to these islands than being a tropical paradise. One of our favorite parts of living here is the sense of community that the Virgin Islands offers. Long-time residents, “snow birds,” new residents and even tourists see these islands as home and a place where one can make a difference, give back and get involved. The Virgin Islands are so small and we depend on community involvement for a slew of events, charities and organizations to function and operate. At Sea Glass, we understand the importance of giving back and being a part of the community and help in many ways with our Sea Glass Cares organization.
As a visitor or new resident of the Virgin Islands, there are so many opportunities to get involved and be a part of the community that allows our islands to thrive! Whether it is volunteering with the Friends of the National Park, helping to walk dogs at the St. John Animal Care Center or St. Thomas Humane Society, pitching in for a beach cleanup or donating your time to help St. John Cancer Fund, there are countless ways to get involved!
Sea Glass recently donated a 3-night stay at Sirenusa for a 3 bedroom villa to St. John Animal Care Center for their online auction. Have a look now and bid on this incredible villa, along with restaurant gift certificates, boat trips and more! If you are on island Saturday January 24, attend the winter gala fundraiser, The Buccaneer Ball at Eden’s Whim from 6-9pm.
As you can see, the Virgin Islands community really comes together to give back, get involved and make these islands a special place to live and visit. What more reason do you need to come to the VI?
Today marks the last blog post of September, and that means our blog theme of the month -community involvement- is coming to a wrap. We hope you guys have learned a little bit about ways to give back to the USVI community. If you find that you are interested in giving, but you aren’t sure where to start, please visit our website at www.seaglasscares.org and learn a little bit about some of the efforts we are involved with. If you find that you like what we are doing, please let us know by sending us an email.
For those of you who work for an EDC (Economic Development Company) in the Virgin Islands, you are probably aware that the company has donation requirements that need to be met. Whether your company would like to set up a fund of it’s own, or you like what funds such as Sea Glass Cares are doing, you have options. With SGC you have the ability to put the entire process in our hands while being rest assured that your dollars are going exactly where you want them to go. You can even set up a fund of your own through the CFVI! To learn more about community involvment and how to start your own fund please visit: http://www.cfvi.net/donate/establish-fund.php
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park explains the Virgin Islands National Park is a United States National Park covering approximately 60% of the island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National Park and promotes the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure. The organizations main goals are to Preserve, Protect and Educate.
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is only as strong as its members and donors make it. Your support is essential to ensure the protection and preservation of the Park for future generation CLICK HERE to donate! Or you can visit our online store and support our efforts by purchasing your own Friends of Virgin Islands National Park apparel and gifts.
Friends of Virgin Islands National Park is only as strong as its members and donors make it. Your support is essential to ensure the protection and preservation of the Park for future generation CLICK HERE to donate! Or you can visit our online store and support our efforts by purchasing your own Friends of Virgin Islands National Park apparel and gifts. Information from the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park website explains “Friends of Virgin Islands National Park (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National Park (Park) and promotes the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure.As the official private sector partner to the Park, the Friends is a membership organization that raises funds from individuals, corporations and foundations to support projects important to the Park and to further our mission. Money raised by the Friends supports environmental education, natural resource protection, cultural preservation and scientific research. The Friends also acts as an advocate for our National Park, particularly on issues that threaten its precious natural or cultural resources. Incorporated in 1988, the Friends is governed by a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors. Our full-time staff consists of a president, development director, program manager, and store manager. On a part time basis, we employ an office assistant and bookkeeper. Our offices are located just outside the Park in Cruz Bay on St. John, US Virgin Islands.re located just outside the Park in Cruz Bay on St. John, US Virgin Islands.”
Help us keep our island beautiful by protecting our National Park CLICK HERE to stay updated and read The Friends of Virgin Islands National Park news letter.
- The Humane Society of St. Thomas (HSSTT) is a non-profit animal shelter located in the U.S. Virgin Islands dedicated to eliminating cruelty, abuse, and the overpopulation of animals. We receive minimal local funds and rely on donations and special events. HSSTT provides a wide variety of animal welfare programs to island residents and their pets, including pet adoptions, humane education, spay/neuter assistance, animal rescue and animal control.
- There are many different ways you can help us to reduce animal suffering whether it be through adoption, volunteering, education, participating in our special events throughout the year, or making a donation to support our programs. You will find information on all of these options, plus a whole lot more on our site. Together we can make a difference in the lives of homeless and neglected animals, which, in turn, will make a difference in all our lives and help make this a better community.
- Traveling to & from the Virgin Islands?
- You could help us transport a pet to their forever home! To relieve our over-population at the Humane Society of St. Thomas, USVI shelter, we support Pets with Wings. This program allows for transporting our adoptable animals to rescues in the states where there is a shortage of animals.
- Looking to adopt a pet from the US Virgin Islands?
- CLICK HERE and check out some of the our Island pets that are patiently waiting to find their forever homes!
- Want to learn about VOLUNTEERING at the St. Thomas Humane Society?
- The Humane Society is always looking for Volunteers, For more information on Volunteering CLICK HERE.
- Every Thursday at Mojos you can join us to meet the pups & learn more about fostering, adopting, and volunteering.
- Want to get Involved in your Local VI Community? Follow our blog in the upcoming weeks to learn about the various organizations and charities we have.