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Bolongo Bay Staff Irma/Maria Fund

$54,220 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 441 people in 5 months
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As many of you are aware, the U.S. Virgin Islands were heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma, and then two weeks later, Hurricane Maria.

Many of the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort employees have been affected by these two storms in a multitiude of ways, including property damages and the destruction of homes. Some have been faced with difficult decisions of leaving island, or to move in with family. 

Article: New York Times: In the US Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria drowned what Hurricane Irma didn't destroy. 

We are looking for your support during this very difficult time.  The purpose of this fund is to provide assistance to staff members who are facing difficult times in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma & Maria. 

100% of the money from this fundraiser will go back to helping our staff. 

Message from the Management of the hotel:

Since the day we first opened our doors over 40 years ago, we've said that Bolongo Bay is more about who we are than what we are.  Out staff, through their daily embodiment of positivity, service, love and happiness, has always created a unique human experience. Now, we're giving past guests a chance to help the amazing people who made their vacations so memorable.

Your messages and emails have been a welcoming warmth for all of us. So many of you have asked what is needed most and what can you do to help. It's messages like those that show us how truly special our staff has been to our guests over the years.  

In this tough time, we need your support.

All funds will go to the employees of Bolongo Bay that were effected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

Any help to give, share, and make this happen would be greatly appreciated. We have always said Bolongo Bay hasthe best guests and you all never cease to amaze us.

From the bottoms of our hearts we all thank you.

Sincerely,

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
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Today we close our campaign with our hearts full of gratitude to each one of you. Your compassion and genuine concern for our staff throughout this entire process is something we will never forget - and we hope you understand the important role you played in helping so many amazing people when they needed it most.

None of this would have been possible without your support. You can't imagine how supported we felt when we heard that so many of you were already insisting on a way to help immediately after Hurricane Irma, before we were even able to gain internet access.

We truly know some of the world's nicest and most amazing people. Thank you.

Our plan for money received since releasing our first hurricane relief checks will be to continue a program focusing on specific needs-based recovery and financial support for our most elderly, long-term employees.

As a company, we also matched our first goal with a $25,000 contribution to the fund. This is in honor of every single one of you who helped us make a difference.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. This journey only moves forward from here. We're thankful to you for being a part of it.
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Thank you to everyone for supporting our Employee Relief Fund and our amazing co-workers, like Ms. Viola. She celebrated her 75th birthday on Monday, November 6th, exactly two months after Hurricane Irma struck the Virgin Islands. She's a leader and role model here, and has been since the first year we opened Bolongo in 1974. This is us. This is Bolongo. And it's people like you who care about these stories that help make a difference. Thank you thank you, and like Ms. Viola says to you, "we'll see you back at Bolongo Bay soon!" Check out our Facebook page for a video message from Ms. V. Love and gratitude to all!
Ms. Viola just turned 75 years young!
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Today, thanks to you all and several others, we will be printing checks for more than 130 of our coworkers. This first initiative will pay out $54,750!!! More than 60 people will receive between $500-$1000 each. We had several people respectfully decline to be paid and asked their disbursement be put back into the fund. We also were sent some donations, told to apply advance deposits and a few gifts from locals. Close to 500 people all told! The payments were somewhat based on seniority and full-time or part-time. Every single person who was employed here on September 5th, even for a few weeks, will receive at least $50 from you. So again my heartfelt thanks to you all. More updates to follow as we continue to get support from all over! Amazing
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Well you did it! You our amazing guests and friends and family supporters. A fantastic display of generosity going to the men and women who have made Bolongo Bay Beach Resort the genuine human experience that it is. And in addition to your $50,000 (It's still not too late to donate), Bolongo is going to match the original goal which was set at $25,000. A total of $75,000 to our co-workers and their families. Thank you, thank you from all of us in the Bolongo Doumeng/Nieboer Family. I will be giving you updates on our progress.
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Raised by 441 people in 5 months
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