In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the St. John Community Foundation emerged as a major player in the island’s recovery, with programs and funding helping numerous facets of the community including housing and reconstruction, health and social services, arts and culture, youth development, and much more. It was a natural role for an organization that grew out of grassroots recovery efforts 30 years ago in response to 1989’s Hurricane Hugo.

“It just came about naturally,” said founding member Jim St. John, who in 1989 was the general manager of the Virgin Grand Hotel, which is now the Westin St. John. “We needed to take care of ourselves and get organized to do it.”