Bitter End Irma Relief Fund

On September 6, 2017, one of the strongest Category 5 storms on record, Hurricane Irma, swept through the Caribbean causing mass destruction throughout the region. The island of Virgin Gorda and the properties situated along the North Sound were particularly devastated by this historic storm. While the region was still staggering from Hurricane Irma, another Category 4 storm, Hurricane Maria, battered the Caribbean islands once again bringing more destruction in its path. Irma and Maria took down the infrastructure, water, electricity and communication channels of the British Virgin Islands with facilities, homes and businesses destroyed in their path. These storms have displaced thousands of people leaving a distressing situation that will require immense resources to fuel recovery.

Founded in the 1970s as a family retreat, Bitter End Yacht Club is known around the world for its sense of adventure, appreciation for nature and dedication to community. With forty years of history in the territory and one of the largest employers on Virgin Gorda, Bitter End Yacht Club is committed to helping the people of Virgin Gorda rebuild their community and their lives.

Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) has established a donor advised fund, known as the Bitter End Irma Relief Fund in partnership with The Resource Foundation (TRF) to coordinate disaster relief efforts in Virgin Gorda. BEYC’s leadership will work with TRF and locally-based partners on mid-and long-term response and recovery initiatives that empower communities and help them rebuild their lives.  

In times of such disasters, The Resource Foundation quickly mobilizes resources and reaches out to its local network to assess the situation as well as local needs and responses to determine where donors’ support can be best invested. The Resource Foundation partners with local non‐profit organizations that provide long‐term reconstruction and recovery assistance in areas afflicted by natural disasters. These organizations can quickly assess needs on the ground and develop initiatives that offer ongoing assistance in the medium and long-term so that victims can rebuild their homes, reestablish their businesses and restore their livelihoods.