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Nine years ago Project Promise President and Founder Resa O’Reilly saw a dilapidated building in downtown Christiansted—a building that had sat empty for 30 years—and had a vision. “One day,” she thought to herself, “this building is going to be a thriving community center and the home for an organization that will truly make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth here in the Virgin Islands.” With this vision in mind Resa launched Project Promise, operating out of borrowed space as she built an organization that now runs three on-going programs for area youth and completes numerous community service projects each year.

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When St. Croix non-profit Project Promise launched its flagship Caterpillar Project to provide a full range of programming for a group of at-risk youth, it made community service an integral part of the program. The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped this. In fact, it is the focus of their current efforts! With the goal of creating and implementing a community service project that can potentially impact the entire St. Croix community, the “Caterpillars” have completed Heart to Heart International’s COVID-19 Youth Ambassador program.

Project Promise’s Caterpillar students drove across America this summer to make an impact on communities outside of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Caterpillars touched down in New York with stops  in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California

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Project Promise announced their gifting of close to $10,000 to educate 30 children in South Africa for an entire year.

During this trip, O’Reilly decided to sponsor two children but upon return to St. Croix, she raised the funds to sponsor all the children.

Outreach Projects

Solar Lights

After learning that some kids in Mon Bijou are playing basketball at night on a court lit by car headlights (the existing lights aren't working), our Caterpillars got to work raising money to purchase solar lights for their court! On Saturday August 13th, not only did we donate solar lights, we were also able to purchase and donate basketballs as well.

 

Pictured: Elroy Bascombe, a Mon Bijou resident receives our donation from two of our Caterpillars- Alejandro Quinones (on the left) and Jamoy Rodriguez (on the right).

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When St. Croix non-profit Project Promise launched its flagship Caterpillars Project to provide a full range of programming for a group of at-risk youth, it made community service an integral part of the program. This month was no exception. In keeping with the program’s December theme of “world perspective,” the students were excited to participate in Project Promise’s annual “Toys for Tanzania” Initiative. 

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When Resa O’Reilly, the founder and president of St. Croix non-profit Project Promise, travels, she loves doing service projects that positively impact the local community at her destination. So, when Resa received a phone call from a like-minded Houston mom, she got quite excited. Lereca Monik and her daughter LeReine—a 7-year-old model, philanthropist and speaker nicknamed “Cookie”—were planning to spend Christmas in St. Croix. While in town they wanted to do a community service project to impact local kids in need. Could Project Promise assist? Yes, of course!

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When Resa O’Reilly, founder and president of St. Croix non-profit Project Promise, plans a vacation, she never makes it “just about her.” As someone who is absolutely dedicated to Project Promise’s vision of bringing about positive change in our world, she always looks for ways to make a positive impact on the local children while she is there. O’Reilly’s recent birthday trip to Cuba was an excellent example of this.

 

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