In the month following the August floods, United way distributed over half a million items to over 90 churches, government buildings and nonprofits that assisted familes and individuals in need. We were able to offer $120,000 to local programs in Tangipahoa Parish that provided food, school supplies, transportation services for senior citizens and resources to begin rebuilding homes immediately.
In addition to ongoing relief efforts, United Way of Southeast Louisiana is participating in long term recovery by investing $148,000 in continued assistance bringing our total contribution to the Northshore to $268,000. The grants included supprt for VIA LINK 2-1-1, an information and referral system which connects those who need immediate help with social services in their area. The 2-1-1 network has been able to help 1,445 of our neighbors with flood related assistance and much needed resources.
United Way will also support The Fuller Center of Tangipahoa Parish, Epworth St. Tammany Long Term Recovery and WEROCK in Washington Parish in rebuilding efforts for the parishes affected. All three organizations will work with United Way to identify and assist our most vulnerable families with home repair assistance. Investments were also made to SAFE, serving Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes to provide immediate assistance to those individuals and families dealing with domestic violence including alternative living expenses.
HOW TO DONATE
United Way supports programs within nonprofit Community Impact Partner Agencies that can provide food, clothing, counseling and other services to make people whole during this tumultuous time. And long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time, money, and is more than just brick and mortar.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana President and CEO Michael Williamson says, "Mother Nature has once again shown us she is in charge. Just several months ago our region was flooded and now they are hurting again. Families who are still trying to rebuild are now at risk. Our residents are resilient, but they need help to recover."
To donate online, make a donation to directly impact flood relief you may go to the following site: click here.
To donate by check, please make it payable to United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Write Flood Relief in the memo line and mail to:
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
ATTN: Flood Relief
2515 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
Due to overwhelming generosity, our Southshore and Northshore drop off locations are now CLOSED and in the process of distributing items we received.
All deliveries should be made to:
Multi-Agency Disaster Warehouse, 9550 Dawnadele Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809 - Sunday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00pm
Clothing donations should be delivered or shipped to: St. Vincent de Paul Society, 824 N Morrison Blvd, Hammond, LA 70401
About the Fund
United Way of Southeast Louisiana has set up a Flood Relief and Recovery Fund to accept donations to support short-term and long-term efforts to provide relief and recovery related to the August 2016 floods in our region. We understand that recovery is a long-term effort, and will make every effort to raise funds to continue to support local needs to help the nonprofits and community members most impacted.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana will distribute these funds in the following ways:
• Immediate response efforts
• Long-term recovery efforts
• Fill unmet needs
• Provide grants to our community partners and other nonprofit organizations providing direct services to assist with recovery
• Support other response and recovery efforts, as determined by United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Board of Directors, to support individuals and families affected by the flood