Founded in the wake of one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, Boca Buckets' aim is to help those affected by natural disasters. Founder Matthew Goodman drew upon his personal experience when his house was damaged by Hurricane Irma. Preparing for a hurricane is one thing - preparing for its aftermath is another. Turning devastation into inspiration, Matthew started assembling compact, self-contained relief kits and distributing them to the community. Each Boca Bucket contains essential cleaning supplies. Long after a disaster has passed, communities still feel the effects, so it is vital to be prepared and have the right supplies on hand. These kits are just a "drop in the bucket" toward helping people get back up and running.
I know firsthand how long it can take to clean up after a hurricane. When a 50-foot tree fell on our house during Hurricane Irma, my family spent months dealing with the debris. While we prepared for the storm by stocking up on extra food, water and batteries, we were not prepared for the aftermath. In fact, without the necessary supplies, our cleanup efforts were hampered. For starters, I wish I'd had a good pair of work gloves to prevent all the cuts and scrapes I got when hauling yard trash out to the curb.
I figured with so many people in the path of so many storms this hurricane season, cleanup had to be a huge, frustrating issue as it was for my family. In the days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, I went down to the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and loaded a plane with much-needed supplies for the residents of the island. After that, I decided to start assembling compact, self-contained relief supply kits, calling them "Boca Buckets." These kits contain garbage bags, respirator masks, gloves, cleansers, and other helpful supplies.
My first shipment went out to Houston, Texas to help Hurricane Harvey flood victims. After hearing about the thousands of Palm Beach residents applying for Irma food help, I decided to bring a little relief to those in line at Lake Ida West Park in Delray Beach. The way I see it, giving out these kits is just a "drop in the bucket" toward helping people get back up and running.
Each bucket contains items that are critically important for clean-up after a natural disaster:
5 Gallon Bucket
Household Cleaning Latex Gloves
Leather Palm Work Gloves
Multi-Purpose Heavy Duty Scrub Brush
Kitchen Scrub Brush
Contractor Cleanup Bags
Dustpan and Brush Set
Antibacterial Spray Cleaner
All Purpose Sponges
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Boca Buckets Makes Crossing To The Bahamas after Dorian, September 2019
Just days after Hurricane Dorian's devastating strike on the Bahamas, a boat containing Boca Buckets and other critical supplies left South Florida for West End, Grand Bahamas.
Kids In Distress, May 2019
Boca Buckets is pleased to announce its most recent partnership with Kids In Distress - a nationally accredited agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. After delivering buckets, we had the opportunity to tour the Broward County campus and learn more about the important work they are doing to keep children and families safe and strong. The buckets will be given to Kinship (or relative) caregivers when they graduate from a 6-week educational seminar at the Kids in Distress campus. Many of these family members take responsibility of the children with little notice and have limited financial or support services. We are proud to support Kids In Distress’ amazing efforts on behalf of at-risk children in our community. Read more about their critical work at kidinc.org.
Boca Buckets kicks off its 2019 donor season at American Airlines Arena
On March 31, 2019, NFP Structured Settlements and Boca Buckets joined the March Madness and took to the court of the American Airlines Arena to support Habitat for Humanity of the South Palm Beaches. The Miami Heat and Glen Rice stepped up and joined the team for a fun day of competition along with 50 participants. Rice applauded Boca Bucket's efforts to reach community members in need and remarked about the event's hashtag, "It says it right here on your t-shirts; today is about #Gettin Buckets and giving back." The highlight of the event was a knockout competition in which the final three contestants got to play in a shoot off with Rice. Ultimately, the three-time NBA All Star wowed the crowd with his impressive skills, but the runners-up walked away with cool Heat memorabilia. The money raised from the event will go toward building buckets of house supplies which will be delivered to Habitat for Humanity Join our team and help fill more buckets today.
Boca Buckets visits the Children of the Rainbow in Peru, March 2018
My family and I decided to visit Machu Picchu and hike part of the Incan Trail. Our trek to the mystical ruins of this lost city included a journey to philanthropy as well. We visited the Children of the Rainbow - a school founded in 2001 to help serve the medical and educational needs of the impoverished children of the Sacred Valley. Our tour began in the dining hall where students’ artwork graved the walls and fresh flowers adorned the tables. The director explained that the children come from terrible family circumstances, so that one of its missions is to make sure they are surrounded by beauty at school.
One of the biggest issues is teaching basic personal hygiene such as hand washing and teeth brushing. Therefore, the director was delighted when we presented her with our mini Boca Buckets filled with soap, washcloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
The Children of the Rainbow was founded on the belief that “every child has the right to be loved, to dream, to play, to hope, to be part of a family, to learn and to be.” I was happy to make a small contribution to help make this goal a reality.
On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Boca Buckets hosted its first annual fundraiser at the Miami Heat American Airlines Arena raising enough money to assemble another 200 buckets. Over 80 participants took to the floor of the arena, played in a shoot-around, posed for photos with the NBA Championship Trophies and competed in a double elimination tournament. With exclusive private access to the court, it was a rare opportunity one will never forget. With the generous support of the participants, Boca Buckets will be able to provide further aid and support to our community. I was really pleased by how much fun all my friends were having while raising awareness for my disaster relief efforts. While my friends and I competed against each other, we bonded over a singular mission – an enthusiasm for community service.
Gettin' Buckets, March 2018
Spreading the Love, February 2018
On February 14, 2018, Boca Buckets delivered another25 buckets to Habitat for Humanity of the South Palm Beaches. Homeowner Services Coordinator, Kesley Mesalien, was thrilled for the replenishment. He said their residents absolutely loved when they received them at the December holiday party and had been asking him for more. It was the perfect way to spread some love on Valentine’s Day!
The statistics surrounding Hurricane Harvey are staggering: “More than 19 trillion gallons of rainwater fell, and nearly 80,000 homes had at least 18 inches of floodwater. Twenty-three thousand of those properties saw more than five feet.” (CBS News 1/11/18). As thousands of Texans continue to recover and repair, Boca Buckets kicked off the new year by answering the call and providing aid. Boca Buckets reached out to Houston Boy Scout Troop 11 and coordinated a shipment of buckets and supplies. Troop 11 – which had spent countless hours in the wake of Hurricane Harvey demolishing sheetrock in hurricane-wrecked homes – assembled the buckets and delivered them to the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center. Representatives of the centers were so thankful and appreciative commenting that their supplies were running low citing “relief fatigue.” In the first two months after a natural disaster, there are tons of people offering aid and support, but after that, it’s less and less and less. Boca Buckets is committed to help empower families affected by natural disaster to take control of their lives once again and have hope for the future.
Hope After Harvey, January 2018
Homeownership is a cornerstone of the American Dream. In fact, in one survey, nearly 90% of responders said that owning a home constitutes a dream come true. So why does homeownership matter? Well, studies have shown a correlation between homeownership and a higher sense of self-worth and control. Furthermore, did you know that children of homeowners perform better in school with higher test scores and lower anti-social behaviors? (Forbes). Since 1990, Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County has helped hundreds of deserving, willing families achieve their dreams of safe, affordable housing. On December 2nd, I had the opportunity to partner with them after reaching out to one of their administrators. I introduced her to Boca Buckets, and she invited me to donate them to their annual resident holiday party at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Delray Community Center in Delray Beach. “Once we announced that there were Boca Buckets available to pick up at the door, they flew,” said Kesley Mesalien, Homeowner Services Coordinator. The household supplies contained in Boca Buckets will help Habitat for Humanity’s homeowners take pride in their investment and protect its value. And that’s just another “drop in the bucket” toward helping our community.