Partnering with the community is what we do. Since 1990 the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has been accumulating assets given by you and your neighbors – and year after year CFVI has been increasing its support and grants to the people of our Territory. In particular, CFVI is currently focused on meeting the emergency, intermediate and long-term needs of children, youth and families in the aftermath of two Category 5 hurricanes. To date, we have disbursed over $11 million in grants for hurricane relief/recovery throughout the Territory.
The Junior Angels Program is an initiative which seeks to introduce youth to the worlds of volunteerism and philanthropy. High school students are partnered with selected community service agencies for internships of up to ten hours each week. Junior Angels can be seen making a difference in the St. Thomas community at Christchurch Methodist Education & Outreach, Family Resource Center, Virgin Islands Resource Center for the Disabled, Pistarckle Theater, Humane Society, YWCA, and Chamber of Commerce.
The KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book provides information on and documents challenges to child well-being in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its purpose is to promote dialogue on children’s issues, and to stimulate community response to improve the health, safety and economic status of VI children, from birth to age 18.
Since 2000, the KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book has been compiled and published each year by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI).
Early Childhood / The Family Connection
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), through funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation compiles and disseminates information on the status of children in the USVI in The KIDS COUNT USVI Data Book. Data collected over the years brought the need to focus on improving the quality of early care and education to the forefront. In response, CFVI established in 2006 an early childhood initiative, entitled The Family Connection (TFC).
The mission of CFVI’s Early Childhood involvement is to serve as a facilitator of efforts to promote early childhood experiences that will positively impact children’s development, readiness for school, and later life success. TFC is committed to raising public awareness, increasing parent/family engagement, advising stakeholders on best practices, and serving as a clearinghouse for funding dedicated to early childhood.
The Fatherhood Collaborative
The mission of The Fatherhood Collaborative is to foster increased recognition of the importance of responsible fatherhood in the lives of children, youth and families in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In a variety of ways, the Foundation has focused on issues related to fatherhood and has provided leadership in a number of different fatherhood-related efforts.
The Virtues Project is an international initiative focused on building peaceful and caring communities aligned to 52 virtues such as compassion, integrity, respect. The Virtues Project promotes community capacity-building to teach positive behaviors and attitudes and contribute to healthy and supportive environments across sectors. This is an initiative originated with a work group of Early Childhood Advisory Committee of the Children and Families Council and is moving forward with support from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. We are working in collaboration with the Department of Education to infuse VI culture into the messages and to implement The Virtues Project in the public schools. We are working with the Department of Human Services to disseminate the virtue of the week to Head Start and child care centers with suggested developmentally appropriate activities. The goal is to engage the community in discussion and awareness of the Virtue of the Week in schools, child care settings, home, and the workplace through the media, religious institutions, schools and centers, government agencies, and business organizations.
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