With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to highlight a project we at Janeiro Digital have been working on that’s incredibly important to me.
Those who know me understand that sailing is a huge part of my life. It’s not just a sport or a hobby for me, but a place where I find my “flow” —a concept pioneered by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. It’s that highly focused mental state that has infused how I live, work, and relate to the world around me. It is also the beautiful destinations sailing takes me to and the strong community that comes along with it that keeps me coming back.
Two of my sailing friends, Tory Fine and Jon Vidar, have found a way to capture that spirit and channel it into something constructive and real. Shortly after Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico and the Atlantic earlier this year, Tory and Jon—who were passing the off-season in San Juan—created a group called Sailors Helping, mobilizing their friends and fellow boaters to bring supplies to their neighbors. The community immediately rallied around them, and what started as a few emails turned into a Facebook group of nearly 1,000 people and a team of volunteers from across the country in just the first week.
To help coordinate this massive effort, we at Janeiro are honored to be working with Tory, Jon, and the team to build a “Ports & Projects” component of the Sailors Helping website. Ports & Projects is an interactive map that directs sailor-volunteers to the islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria to see where it logistically makes the most sense to travel based on residents’ needs. The site will also host up-to-date information on safety, fuel, provisions, harbor status, and other important updates. At the individual port level, Ports & Projects will be used to manage volunteer opportunities and coordinate those with boots on the ground as rebuilding efforts get underway.
We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to use the skills and technology we’ve built at Janeiro to support an incredible group like Sailors Helping. And, I personally look forward to continuing to support them, and the local boating communities on each island to identify the people and local businesses that need support to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.
Whether it’s creating a website for Tory and Jon, providing guidance for Horizon’s for Homeless Children, or running a marathon for Camp Kita, I’m extremely proud of the strong culture of giving back here at Janeiro, and I look forward to continuing that tradition in the years ahead.
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