Supporting and working with the Grenadian community is a very important part of True Blue Bay Boutique Resort’s ethos. Generous donations and support from our guests have made a huge difference and contributed substantially to the island’s schools, library and local economy.
The hotel has recently been honoured with both the “Environmental Excellence in Tourism” and “Corporate Social Responsibility” awards from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for its contributions to Grenada. In 2018, it was one of 3 finalists (for the second time) for the Caribbean Hotel and Industry Exchange Forum for Environmental Sustainability Best Practices.
We are proud members of “Pack for a Purpose”, an initiative that encourages travellers to make a lasting impact for the community at their travel destination. If you have some space in your luggage you can bring supplies for local schools or medical clinics and contribute to the lives of local children and families.
The Vendome School project began when owner Russ Fielden began teaching hospitality courses at the school once a week. He realized the school was in desperate need of renovation after the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The school consisted of one single room with no ventilation for six grades of 100 children. Thanks to the efforts of the True Blue Bay Boutique Resort and donations from guests and local businesses EC$250,000 (US$93,000) was raised and the school was finished for the 2013/2014 school year. The pupils, now happy in their new school building, also needed a library so True Blue Bay Boutique Resort raised additional funds to create a library and buy the first set of books. Funds continue to be raised for further books, computers and playground equipment.
If you are interested in supporting the above project, please contact True Blue Bay Boutique Resort – 150% of donated funds go to Vendome primary school (the resort puts in 50 cents for every dollar collected).
Each year physicians from the Children’s Health Organization Relief and Educational Services (CHORES) donate their time and expertise to improve children’s health care in Grenada. True Blue Bay Boutique Resort is proud to support their work by providing them with complimentary accommodation during their annual visits.
CHORES is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian children’s health organization based in Jacksonville, Florida, US.
Queen Elizabeth’s Home is a charity that provides a home for orphaned and abused children in Grenada. A Christmas party is hosted every year at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort for the home’s staff and children. The children spend the day at the resort playing and swimming followed by lunch with each child receiving their own Christmas present. True Blue staff and guests join in to make this a very special day for the children.
The Grenada National Library was seriously damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and as a consequence, it closed. In 2013, Caribbean writer, Oonya Kempadoo, opened a community library to provide young people with books, a homework club and adult literacy courses. Subsequently moving to a new dedicated building, Grenada Chocolate Fest and True Blue Bay Boutique Resort have been helping the library to raise funds as well as support it in-kind. More than 3,000 children now enjoy the benefits of this wonderful not-for-profit organization. New books, especially for teens, and monetary donations are always welcome, please visit http://grenadacommunitylibrary.org/ to donate or for more information.
Each year the resort hosts the Grenada Chocolate Festival which was started by owner Magdalena Fielden in 2014 and benefits the local cocoa farmers on the island. Grenada is building a reputation for the quality of its cocoa and the 5 chocolate factories which produce tree-to-bar chocolate. At the resort, we love to support the local farmers and have set up partnerships with many of the organic farmers who help us make farm-to-fork meals at Dodgy Dock as well as set up tours for those who are interested in experiencing part of the farming process. You can book tours to support these farmers with our concierge.