Share the Sun, a solar affordability program, is now accepting applications from low-income families on St. Thomas and St. John.
Share the Sun is a reduced-cost portable solar generator program. This program is being administered through Community Action NOW and Rotary East ECO with the support of Community Foundation of the VI, Virgin Islands Conservation Society and Island Green Living. Solar generators are a great option for families to keep the lights on during power outages and natural disasters, charge medical devices, cell phones, and some appliances. The solar generators offer built-in 1800w pure sine wave inverter and a 60Ah lead acid battery, three 110v AC outlets, a DC outlet & USB port on the front of the unit. The unit also has a separate 100-watt solar panel on wheels to charge the battery.
In 2022, more than 55 families on the island of St. Thomas participated in this program. We are excited to launch Phase 2 for income-eligible families on St. Thomas and now St. John. Share the Sun also offers a retail sales option for families who do not qualify for our reduced-cost program. . Families can purchase the devices at full cost, directly supporting the Share the SUN's reduced-cost program. Devices sold at full cost help to grow our reduced cost program and is reinvested in the Share the Sun program, helping more families to gain access to solar. See below for device specs and retail sales.
Through our CAN Academy program we offer workforce development trainings for displaced workers. We are a Certiport and USVI Department of Labor approved training and testing center. 2023 registration opens December 5, 2022, classes start January 2, 2023!
Youth Enrichment Program for children (Ages 5-15)
This program features STEAM technology curriculum.
Students take part in mini camps, afterschool and summer camps at the Romeo Malone Community Center in Savan. 2023 program registration begins April of 2023.
NewRock VI Pre-Arrest Diversion and Reentry pilot program is a comprehensive youth program focused on workforce and community development. Program participants:
Through a partnership with UVI CELL, program participants that can obtain their HS diploma. Program participants engage in goal setting career and education planning, life skills, Work ready training, financial literacy training as well as career certification training and job placement assistance.
Registration is ongoing until funds are depleted.
Residents on the island of St.Thomas in need of unmetered utility assistanceare invited to apply for this program.