Tag Archives: help

What Can a Volunteer Do to Rebuild Dominica?

A supporter of Dominica’s rebuild efforts called us one day and said: What can I do? I do not know what to do. Will I have the time?

My response was that we are all volunteers and that everyone is busy. However, where one chooses to form a committee to work on an area in which they have an interest, or skill, it would be the best way to go.

By teaming with others with a similar interest, we can Rebuild Dominica. As an organization, we are like a “junction box” – a place where we can collaborate with individuals, other organizations, and local and foreign governments to rebuild Dominica. We are an organization of Dominicans and friends of Dominica. We are open to all of humanity, and are committed to helping others in time to come where they may also have a need.

Volunteering ideas are endless. Here are some to help you get started:

  • Medicine/Healthcare – Join the Medical Committee.
  • Livestock – Form or join a group to replace livestock lost.
  • Engineering – Form or join a group to focus on rebuilding Dominica with best engineering practices.
  • Energy Group – Form or join a group that will introduce best renewable energy systems to Dominica.
  • Garden Club – Form or join a group that promotes agriculture and agriculture science on Dominica. By working with 4-H Clubs, the Dominica Botanic Gardens, and promoting school gardens we can rebuild with sustainability in mind.
  • Books/Reading/Writing – Form or join a book/reading/writing club to help our schools and libraries; and also to publish articles in local papers about our efforts.
  • Art – Form or join a committee to promote art work which can be sold to aid the rebuilding effort.
  • Music – Form or join a group that promotes music and concerts in aid of the rebuilding effort.
  • Sports – Form or join a sports committee so we can aid sports on island and host games overseas to raise funds.
  • Youth & Student Leadership – Form or join a group that encourages youth and student organizations such as the Dominica Cadet Corps, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Pathfinders, Junior Red Cross Society and student councils. Youth and students are the leaders of tomorrow and will be needed to rebuild.
  • Helping People with Disabilities – Form or join a committee to aid the blind, or physically handicapped.
  • Helping the Environment – Form or join a group which works to replant lost tree cover, and manage our rivers.
  • Emergency Services – Form or join a group to assist our police and fire service with emergency equipment to better protect the society.
  • Helping People in Need – Form or join a group to aid those in immediate need of support.
  • Spreading the Word – Join our media team so you can advocate/network for the long term rebuilding.
  • Cleaning Up Your Town or Village – Join or form a committee to keep our communities clean.
  • Working with Kids – Join or form a committee to collect toys and mentor kids.
  • Community Playgrounds – Join or form a committee to set up swing sets and simple playgrounds so kids can play again.
  • Dominica Chamber of Commerce – Form or join a group to aid and advocate for Dominica’s industry and to promote enterprise by networking between the local and international centers of production. In promoting production, we can aid Dominica’s exports and so rebuild income.
  • Dominica Culinary Arts Society – Form or join a group to promote Dominica’s cuisine as a fund raising tool.
  • Innovators Group – Form a committee to come up with ideas to rebuild Dominica.

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