More than 1,300 volunteers completed more than 70 projects in two days last year.
PHILIPSBURG–SXM DOET will be back for its fourth year in a row and announced that the volunteer initiative is set for March 9-10, 2018. The team; Fleur Hermanides, Melanie Choisy and Laura Bijnsdorp, are hoping the community comes out in full force for the largest volunteer event in the Kingdom.
“There is no denying that as a nation we have endured a lot this year. With this in mind, we hope that everyone will utilise this great opportunity to make a change in our community,” Choisy said.
The goal of SXM DOET is to ensure that locally existing organisations successfully execute projects they have not yet been able to carry out that benefit themselves and, in turn, the community. More than 1,300 volunteers completed more than 70 projects in two days last year. Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, the team expects that that organisations will need support now more than ever.
Individuals, businesses, schools, social organisations, sporting and church groups, friends and families all joined in In the past years to help build community gardens, school benches, animal feeding stations, paint fences, buildings and murals; entertain persons with special needs, collect and provide food and clothing items for the less fortunate; plant and trim trees, execute clean-ups, refurbish playgrounds and sporting facilities, help with health fair activities, spa days, day trips out for entertainment or sports, and the list goes on.
The team hopes that local foundations, schools, clubs and community centres will register their projects on
www.sxmdoet.com starting January 2018. Once registered, organisations can also apply for funding to help realise their projects. As projects start to appear on
www.sxmdoet.com the community can start signing up to volunteer.
The team wishes everyone Happy Holidays.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72166-sxm-doet-team-hopes-for-strong-participation-in-2018