Miami Florida – April 17, 2021 – With continuous recovery and cleanup underway from the impact of the recent La Soufriere volcanic eruptions and ash fall in St. Vincent, the Global Empowerment Mission, Janice Lyttle Foundation, and the US Caribbean Strong coalition is appealing for volunteers to assist with the assembly of family necessities kits for displaced families starting TODAY Sunday, April 18, 10am to 3pm and continuing this week, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm at 1148 NW 72nd Street in Miami, Florida.   Volunteers will gather under strict COVID-19 protocol to assembly care packages for shipment courtesy of the relief partners.

Volunteers are encouraged to register their participation at  Beverages, snacks, and COVID-19 protection will be provided to all participants.

“The situation in St Vincent is very serious with unknown variables. Miami always comes together to help our island neighbors. Our community is strong and caring and has assisted in so many causes. Now it’s time to help St Vincent. We really need everyone to come together, drop off supplies and come volunteer. Our partners on the ground are very organized with professional logistical and distribution expertise. We will have containers leaving to St Vincent every Wednesday for the next month. To date, GEM has already shipped over $650,000 in aid. We need your help to multiply these efforts tenfold.” Michael Capponi, founder, Global Empowerment Mission.

“Together, we are Caribbean Strong.  With more hands on the effort, we will be able to accomplish our coordinated mission together. The thousands of displaced families on the island are in urgent need.”  Dr. Jacqueline James, director, Janice Lyttle Foundation.

To date, the following relief supplies are the highest priority for the packaging of family necessity kits:  snacks and activity toys for kids, toiletries/sanitary/dignity kits, first aid kits, medicine for pain or indigestion, nebulizer/asthma pumps, sleeping bags, blankets pillows, mats, towels, baby wipes/foods/diapers, batteries/flashlights/solar lanterns, sleeping bags, blankets pillows, and mats.  For other volcano relief drop off locations, visit:

To donate to the Janice Lyttle Foundation, visit

US Caribbean Strong is a global network of Caribbean descent community organizations, businesses and individuals committed to the coordination of an efficient response to disaster events in the Caribbean region and within global Caribbean diaspora communities.