The Gulf Coast Oil Spill...Two Years and Counting
United Way of Southeast Louisiana is committed to continue helping those impacted by the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010 - our nation’s worst offshore disaster. United Way worked with communities to quickly identify the most serious issues. United Way provided funding to twelve (12) local nonprofits to support case management, mental health and emergency assistance services needed in Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes - helping more than 31,000 people.
- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans provided emergency assistance, such as gift cards, food vouchers, baby supplies, and counseling, to residents.
- The St. Bernard Project’s Oil Spill Response and Center for Wellness and Mental Health, increased hours of operation and hired local shrimpers and/or their spouses as community outreach workers and peer counselors.
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana operated an Emergency Food Distribution Program in Grand Isle and Lafitte.
- The Community Center of St. Bernard addressed residents’ utilities, food and clothing needs through their Mustard Seed Food Pantry and Clothing Bank.
- VIA LINK, Inc., the regional 2-1-1 Information and Referral Line, provided crisis and suicide intervention, and a single point of entry for disaster related case management.
- Just the Right Attitude operated a food bank and provided direct assistance in New Orleans East.
- Urban League of Greater New Orleans operated the Gulf Coast Coalition for Economic and Social Justice.
- Plaquemines Community CARE Centers’ Immediate Assistance Program, offered information about services available in Plaquemines Parish including counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and groups.
- Mary Queen of Vietnam (MQVN) Community Development Corporation helped clients with linguistically-and-culturally competent case management, community networking, small business technical assistance and affordable housing development through the interpretation of government programs.
- Healing Hearts for Community Development Trauma Counseling Program in St. Bernard Parish, provided faith and community-based outpatient mental health services for individuals and families.
- St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program provided emergency shelter for women and children impacted by domestic violence. They also offered legal advocacy, court accompaniment, safety planning, individual and group counseling, advocacy, and referrals.
- Santa on the Bayou, Inc., provided direct assistance to residents of St. Bernard in the form of groceries, clothes, and OTC pharmaceutical items.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana is here for our region—long before a catastrophe strikes and long after emergency first responders have moved on. Two years after the oil spill many residents are still struggling emotionally and financially. United Way, with its community partners, can address these issues through positive, lasting-impact programs. United Way has contacted the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. BRAF manages a 100 million dollar grant fund established by BP to assist oil spill victims..