As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the vulnerable in the Cayman community need more help than ever. Cayman charities and organisations that help those in need are starting to feel the strain already as many people lose their incomes.
For those in the fortunate position to help others, we have pulled together a list of requests from local charities.
Acts of Random Kindness (ARK)
Please help ARK support the food insecure families. If you have had the luxury of purchasing provisions and creating your own ‘storehouse’ of supplies, please help ARK provide this same comfort for those who cannot.
Consider donating to ARKs ‘Gift Certificate/Grocery Card’ initiative, or their ‘Reconnect program’ (keeping families connected to power and water) and be a vital part of a collective effort to care for the community.
ARK Butterfield account details:
Account # 01201039292 (USD)
Account # 02201039292 (KYD)
Breast Cancer Foundation
The Breast Cancer Foundation asks that if you know anyone who is going through any cancer at the moment, that you call or message them to see if there is a way you can help. It won’t be just the patient in lock down but also their family. Please be mindful that both patients and their families have to be super careful about germs as the patient’s immune system is totally compromised.
Anyone worried about breast cancer, signs, symptoms or has been diagnosed and needs help and advice they should contact the Breast Cancer Foundation on (345) 936 1135, (345) 938 1135 or (345) 923 1135 and they will do what they can to help them.
Cayman Food Bank
The Cayman Food Bank urgently needs supplies and donations. Please see the list below. They can be dropped off at the First Assembly of God, 95 Old Crewe Rd. Call (345) 926 6111 or email email@example.com. Alternatively here are their Cayman National Bank KYD account # 01115055 “The Good Samaritan Food Bank”.
Cayman Islands Blood Bank
The Cayman Islands Blood Bank is open, taking blood donations and are fully operational at the Cayman Islands Hospital. COVID-19 is not a blood borne illness so it is completely safe to donate blood. It is times like these that people in the community may need your help and your donation can save up to three lives. Contact the Blood Bank for instructions on how to gain access to the hospital.
Cayman Islands Humane Society
The Humane Society encourages anybody working from home to consider fostering an adult dog or adult cat. Unfortunately many people are having to suddenly leave the Island due to their economic circumstances and as a result needing to leave their pet with the Humane Society. This sadly means there has been an increase in the number of animals at the shelter.
Fostering also gives the Humane Society an insight on how the animal behaves in a home environment, which helps promote them to potential adopters.
Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC)
Interested in volunteering for the COVID19 national response? The CIRC is putting together a national database of volunteers to help determine their capacity to assist. Fill in this form and you’ll start receiving notifications about how to get involved.
Meals on Wheels (MOW)
MOW is asking for either monetary or donations of food to ensure their elderly clients, who are some of the most vulnerable at this time, continue to receive proper nutrition. You can either make a direct deposit online at Butterfield, where they are set up as a payee, or via www.pledgeasenior.com. Alternatively you can drop off donations in the drop off box at their office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm. Address: 1428 West Bay Road, Trafalgar Square. See the donations list below.
The NCVO is urgently asking community members to make a donation through their website or provide donations of food. People are welcome to deliver healthy snacks for children under 5 (to help feed 55 students), or provide sealed ingredients for meals for the children’s group home (12 young residents). Please call (345) 525 2797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on where to deliver the food.
The NCVO oversees several programmes including two preschools and a care home for young adults.
The early childhood centres (Jack & Jill Nursery and Miss Nadine’s Pre-school) have closed but staff are still supporting caregivers. The 55 children that are educated at the centres are low-income/special needs and so the NCVO has made the decision to not charge fees during the closures as it will be difficult for parents to pay for school and childcare. This will leave the NCVO with a CI$40,000 deficit. Despite this, the NCVO will still provide families food for the children as school usually provides meals which the children may otherwise go without. School supply kits will also be provided.
The Nadine Andreas Residential Centre is a group home for nine children in need of care and protection. The centre needs staff work overtime to provide coverage while the children are not in school. In addition to the increased staffing cost, more meals, more cleaning support, and the tutoring sessions that will be needed will increase the operating cost of the home for the next 60+ days.
One Dog at A Time (ODAAT)
Unfortunately ODAAT has had to close their Thrift Shop so their income has been drastically reduced. You can support them by making a donation via the phone at The Vet Clinic at Countryside on (345) 945 1242 or through donating dog food. Email email@example.com for details on where the dog food can be dropped off. Finally, ODAAT is always looking for foster homes for their dogs.