2017 Tornado Relief

Donate  |  Volunteer  |  Help | Items Needed

Tornadoes have caused widespread damage throughout our region, destroying homes and businesses. Long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time, money, and is more than just brick and mortar. United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) and its supported programs with nonprofit Community Impact Partner Agencies can provide food, clothing, counseling and other services to make people whole.

UWSELA Board of Trustees Chair Charles Rice, President Entergy New Orleans, says “You can join United Way to help those in need weather this latest Louisiana disaster. Together, we can ensure that those with the least among us and those that face challenges like never before, do not suffer.  Rather, they find stability and comfort in a community that cares for its fellow citizens."

United Way and our partners are still assessing needs of tornado victims. We will update you with any requests for in-kind donations. In the interim you may assist through monetary donations.


How To Donate

Click here to donate online.

By check, please make payable to United Way of Southeast Louisiana, write 2017 Tornado Relief in the memo line and mail to:

United Way of Southeast Louisiana
ATTN: 2017 Tornado Relief
2515 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

To Donate Items

The City of New Orleans is opening a Donation Center in New Orleans East at Household of Faith where people can drop off clothes, toiletries, personal items, diapers and more.  UWSELA is continuing our volunteer efforts to help tornado victims in the cleanup of their homes and neighborhoods. General Public can be directed to the church line at (504) 347-0127

Household of Faith --New Orleans East Location
9300 I-10 Service Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 347-0127

In addition to supporting the Tornado Relief Fund, we are asking people to sign up to volunteer.  For us to do the dirty work and help those families we need some specific supplies which can be dropped off at United Way.

2515 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Boxes and packing supplies:

New medium size cardboard packing boxes (still flattened)
Heavy packing tape to seal boxes
Permanent Markers to write on boxes
Packing paper

Cleaning supplies:

HEAVY Duty Contractor Garbage Bags
Heavy Duty Work Gloves
Hard metal rakes for cleaning (not plastic as they break when cleaning debris)
Dust masks
Safety Goggles
Hand Saws

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Volunteers Needed

Click here to sign up through the United Way HandsOn New Orleans Volunteer Center.

Youth volunteers (age 17 and under) and families: City Church is in need of help sorting donations. Click here for more information. 

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Where to Turn

Call 2-1-1 to get connected to resources available to you.

FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center for Orleans Parish residents to seek information on financial assistance.

The recovery center will open at the East New Orleans Public Library at 5641 Read Boulevard.
Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sundays - 10am - 4pm

Before taking a trip to the library, FEMA is urging residents to first register at DisasterAssistance.gov. For more information, residents may call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362, download the FEMA mobile app, or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov/disaster/4277.

Free Legal Assistance for February 2017 Tornado Survivors
A hotline provided by The Louisiana Civil Justice Center is available Monday - Friday from 9am - 2pm
Call 1-800-310-7029 to receive legal counseling as a result of the tornado

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For more news on the tornadoes link to WWL-TV





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