United Way of Jamaica launches relief fund for St.Vincent

In times of disaster, the United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) has always sprung into action to provide relief and assistance to the most vulnerable.

The UWJ/St Vincent & The Grenadine-Disaster Relief Fund launched today is aimed at assisting with restoration efforts following the recent volcanic eruptions in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Donations to the fund will assist with the immediate needs of COVID-19 personal protective gears, water, bedding, sanitary products for babies, the elderly and women, along with other items.

Chorvelle Johnson Cunningham, Chair of the United Way of Jamaica shared that “the United Way Jamaica stands ready to assist, through our network as we are uniquely positioned to provide immediate disaster response, including raising funds and providing resources to assist in any way possible.”   

Abul Khan, Operations Co-ordinator Country Cluster, Delegation for the Dutch and English Speaking Caribbean at the Red Cross indicated that 5,600 individuals have been evacuated and there is a significant need for livelihood support”.

The fund was seeded with $250,000 from the United Way of Jamaica Disaster Fund and a personal donation of $50,000 was also received during the launch.

The United Way of Jamaica will be engaging with local and international partners and corporate entities to ensure the success of the fund.

Johnson Cunningham further stated that “the UWJ has the full support of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, a committee of the United Way of Jamaica and the Jamaica Red Cross and will be making an appeal to other organisation to provide support and relief.”

Contributions to the UWJ/St Vincent & The Grenadine-Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to:

Name of Bank: National Commercial Bank

Name on Account: United Way of Jamaica

Account No.: 061048596

Branch: Duke Street

Currency: JMD

Type: Chequing


Name of Bank: Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited

Name on Account: United Way of Jamaica

Account No.: 5501371949

Branch: Dominica Drive

Currency: JMD

Type: Chequing

For further information, contact:

The United Way of Jamaica Secretariat

Telephone: 876-922-9424/7

Email: [email protected][email protected]