Bringing the Gift of Shade Valentine’s Day 2018
For our 2018 Shade Project, we chose to support a special community, St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The island was one of many ravaged by Hurricane Irma on September 7th and then again two weeks later by Hurricane Maria. Both were Category 5 hurricanes, with Irma’s winds exceeding 185 mph with unheard of gusts of over 225 mph, making it one of the worst storms in history to hit the Caribbean basin. To help the recovery, ShadeScapes donated 30 umbrellas to restaurants and schools on the island, and has brought another 20 umbrellas by donating 25% of all sales from our Gift of Shade OUTLET in 2018 back to the project. Read on to learn more…
Join us in our effort to bring 20 more umbrellas to St. John
But when our CEO, Jo Moniak Edmondson, visited the island in early December 2017, three months after the storms, she found the need for shade to be much greater. In addition to our commitment to donate 30 umbrellas, we are also donating 25% of Gift of Shade sales for 2018, and 5% of our ShadeScapes Americas profits to allow bringing an additional 20 umbrellas to St. John. You can help by shopping our Gift of Shade OUTLET or from our ShadeScapes Website, or by gifting an umbrella. Here’s how to contribute:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute in any other way. We’d love to hear from you!
A Message from our CEO
“As a small business owner and a St John homeowner for almost 30 years, I wanted to find a way my company could help support the long-term renewal and beautification of the island. We decided the best way we could help make the island become more livable and attractive during the process of rebuilding was to donate shade.
The island vegetation is coming back, but there is still definite fatigue in every area of this place so many love. Installing our beautiful umbrellas around the island is now providing the shade needed at the restaurants where St. Johnian’s and tourists gather – and making the island feel more attractive and more livable both during and after the rebuild stage.”
Alongside the natural beauty of St John, I have always felt the restaurants define the island so well. We all head to these wonderful and unique open-air places to enjoy the barefoot and casual nature of the island, meet people and have the real St. John experience. The restaurants are vital to the island’s tourism and the owners and their staff are all working very hard to welcome back visitors to this lovely island. These small businesses lost so much during the storms. Donating shade umbrellas has been a rewarding experience for our St john Shade Project Team, and we are thrilled to find our way of contributing and hope many of you will join us in our efforts.
The good news we want to share now that we have been on island to install the umbrellas – even with the difficulties that come after a very major hurricane, we can help announce that ST JOHN IS NOW OPEN for business and ready for more visitors! If you are looking for a very rewarding “volunteer vacation”, where you can enjoy the pristine beaches, sit under some really beautiful umbrellas at local restaurants and volunteer to help, be sure to visit ST. JOHN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. You will make a lot of wonderful people on the tiny yet resilient US Virgin Island happy if you do!
Jo Moniak Edmondson, CEO ShadeScapes Americas
St. John Bordeaux Mountain homeowner since 1986
St. John Shade Project Recipients
ShadeScapes is now installing the donated umbrellas to make it easy for the restaurants to quickly provide more shade to their staff and customers. We also in the process of installing umbrellas at the schools. Keep a watch on our BLOG posts, as we continue to profile each of the St. John Shade Project recipients!