Disaster response

Connor Group pilot delivers supplies to orphanages in hurricane-devastated Bahamas

After the storm

As Hurricane Dorian slammed the Bahamas in 2019, The Connor Group sprang into action once again asking, “How can we help?”

Kids & Community associate Chip Faruki immediately began formulating a strategy. He reached out to Matthew 25: Ministries – a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that specializes in disaster relief. Together, they devised a plan to deliver critical supplies to an orphanage in Nassau. The orphanage is quickly becoming overcrowded as it takes in more and more refugee kids from outer islands destroyed by the storm. Food, water, antibiotics, medical supplies, and personal items are quickly running out.

Partner and Chief Pilot Brett Hunter volunteered to fly 30,000 pounds of critical supplies and Matthew 25 relief workers to the Bahamas beginning at 6 a.m. He will make multiple trips from Florida to the Bahamas over the next 3-5 days, each time carrying much-needed supplies and volunteers to multiple orphanages and others in need.

This is not the first time The Connor Group and its associates have stepped up in the face of disaster. 

Pilots Brett Hunter and Shawn Riffee supported the post-Hurricane Maria relief and evacuation efforts in Puerto Rico in 2017. Larry Connor himself airlifted medical supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti in 2010. And, most recently, The Connor Group established a victims’ relief fund for those killed or seriously injured in the Dayton Oregon District mass shooting.

Given our core values and our resources, this willingness to help should come as no surprise.

“We understand we have a unique opportunity to help people,” said managing partner Larry Connor. “As a company, we have a set of core values that dictate everything we do. And the two at the top of the list are ‘do the right thing’ and ‘people count.”

Check out our quick video showcasing our efforts:

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