Initial Washington, D.C. Area Donation Drop Off Points

If you would have supplies you would like to drop off to be shipped to Dominica and distributed where the need is greatest, the following two locations have stepped up to accept them:

Evangel Assembly
5900 Old Branch Avenue
Temple Hills, MD 20748
Tel.: 301-899-5940

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am to 5pm
Wed: 9am to 8pm


ZD Autos
3001 52nd Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Tel.: 301-699-0700

Monday through Friday: 8am to 8pm


Our heartfelt thanks go to both of these locations. More locations will be announced as organisation proceeds.

Points Of Contact For Rebuild Dominica

On Saturday August 29, 2015, Dominicans, Caribbean nationals and their American neighbours gathered at the sanctuary of the Evangel Assembly in Temple Hills, Maryland under the auspices of Pastor St. Clair Mitchel to launch Rebuild Dominica.

At this meeting, officers and committee chairs were elected to manage the activities of Rebuild Dominica charged with the responsibility to reach out to existing Dominica diaspora associations and friends to maximise the effect of our collective relief efforts.

Please feel free to reach out to the people below to join us as we forge ahead to rebuild Dominica stronger than ever.

Officers

Name Position Contact Information
Gabriel Christian Chair 301-661-3280
Sasha Shillingford Vice Chair and Government Liaison 202-257-4458
Cecil “B.J.” Lockhart Secretary 202-270-5505
Billy Robinson Associate Secretary
David Winston Treasurer 240-605-1560
Chardelle Moore Spokesperson 571-490-6482
Adella Toulon-Foerster Associate Spokesperson adella.toulon@gmail.com
Avril P. Bertrand Event Planner 240-535-5344
Reginald Vigilant IT Director 703-851-7947
Derrick Williams, III
Michael Davis
Claire Nelson
Christian McCoy
Government Liaisons

Committee Members and Points of Contact

Area Committee Members
Agriculture, Economic Development, and Investment Clayton Shillingford
B.J. Lockhart
Stephen Matthews
Christine McCoy
Medical Care Tomenka Ettinoffe
Michael Davis
Rebuilding and Infrastructure Jerome Austrie
Shipping and Logistics Francis Richards
Education and Social Media Steve Foerster

Getting Started

Today a first step was taken in our effort to rebuild Dominica.  A meeting was held with considerable attendance to found a new relief organisation to coordinate the energy of the Diaspora in the Washington, D.C. area.

Gabriel Christian, an attorney who has long been resident in Maryland and is a prominent member of the Diaspora, was elected Chair of the new organisation, entitled Rebuild Dominica.  Mr Christian remarked:

On Saturday August 29, 2015, there was tremendous energy at the launch of Rebuild Dominica. Today we had the presence of Dominicans from all walks of life, the U.S. Peace Corps ex-volunteer group, U.S. State Department, Institute of Caribbean Studies, businesses and other American and Caribbean entities united in common humanitarian cause. This effort is to provide a common platform atop which we can communicate, collaborate and cooperate in the relief effort in wake of the Tropical Storm Erika tragedy. We ask all concerned humanity to join hands to help rebuild Dominica.

Other officers and committee chairs were voted in by the membership as well, and a complete roster is forthcoming.  There is still great need for those from all walks of life to offer their skills in service to rebuild Dominica, all are welcome.

A few additional notes:

  • A Rebuild Dominica Facebook group has been established, all who use social platform Facebook are requested to join to make communication easier.
  • A Twitter feed has been established, those who use that service are asked to follow @RebuildDominica and include it in any relevant tweets.
  • A follow up meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 2nd September.  Details, including information on conference call access, will be posted shortly.

It is also worth reporting that Dominicans around the world are coming together in their communities seeking ways to cooperate to help provide relief to their homeland.  A coordinating conference call took place amongst groups starting spontaneously in several North American cities.  Further details are to come.

If you are able to help, or even if you’re not sure you can but would like to learn more, please join us.  Together, we will rebuild Dominica.

I Love Dominica

Founded in 2015 in the wake of the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Erika, we are now organising relief from the direct hit by category five Hurricane Maria: the worst natural disaster in our nation's history.