The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a non-profit organization which offers, free of charge, after school and holiday programmes, for youth ages 8-16 yrs.
Along with inspiring young people to pursue the kinds of learning and experiences that will help them become socially responsible friends, neighbours and citizens, they also offer support to families.
General School Supplies:
Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Pencils, Pencil Grips, and Pens
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Board Books, Noisy Books, and Touch-and-Feel Books
Puzzles, Board Games, Card Games, Video Games (Sports Related for Nintendo or Sony Systems)
Baseball Gear, Bike Helmets, Jump Ropes, Life Vests, Netball/Basketballs, Snorkeling Gear, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls, and Volleyballs
Art Supplies for Artist Initiatives and Community Produced Projects:
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Blu-Tack, Chenille Stems, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, Craft Sticks, Foam Shapes, Glitter, Magnetic Tape, Modge Podge, Painting Canvases (Various Sizes), Pom-Poms, Sidewalk Chalk, Stickers, Watercolor Paint Brushes, Wikki Stix, and Velcro
Family Support Network (FSN) BVI is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose primary aim is to aid individuals, couples and families affected by domestic violence.
Children’s Socks and New Underwear
Bars of Soap, Deodorant, Lotion, Multivitamin Tablets, Reusable Shopping Bags, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare) is a not-for-profit organization established in February 2014 on Tortola, BVI by a group of animal lovers to help improve the living conditions for as many animals as possible within the BVI.
Their current focus is on cats and dogs with the aim of improving the quality of their lives. Each animal that is selected for the program is tested for common diseases, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. This process therefore not only improves the animal’s individual health, it reduces the chances of spreading disease while humanely decreasing the Island’s stray population.
Dog/Puppy Shampoo, Leads/Collars (New or Gently Used), Puppy Training Pads, and Soft Sided Dog Carriers (Airline Approved, size Large)
Kids & the Sea Programme (KATS) is a non-profit organization that advocates water safety for kids. Courses offered are KATSWIM and KATSAIL. KATSWIM teaches children from ages 4 through 15 years old how to be water safe. Classes are affordable for all. No one is turned away!
Goggles, Swim Caps, and Sinking Dive Sticks.
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.