HURRICANE IDA AND OUR IMPACT

 

POP-UP

Held 20 pop-ups distributing food, supplies, financial and legal support.

 

 

MEALS

Served nearly 12,000 meals
to residents in Southeast Louisiana.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers produced almost $25,000 of impact in our region.  Thank you.

 

United Way in Grand Isle

 

On Aug. 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana, one of the strongest storms to ever to hit our state. The path of destruction was sweeping. As of Sept. 13, FEMA had received nearly half a million applications for disaster assistance.

Hurricane Ida also caused catastrophic damage to the region’s power grid.

  • Over 1 million residents were without power after the storm in the midst of sweltering heat.
  • Ida damaged more than 30,000 utility poles – twice the number affected by Hurricane Laura.

 

United Way distributing water

United Way of Southeast Louisiana launched our Hurricane Ida Relief Fund before the storm made landfall in anticipation of the great need to come. Within a week, our team members were on the ground coordinating with local officials to identify and respond to needs throughout our seven-parish region of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes.

 

United Way distributing water

 

We immediately released $350,000 to help support trusted relief organizations and secure water, food, ice, tarps, mitigation supplies, and more. 

  • Held nine relief pop-ups, providing supplies, assistance, and meals to thousands of community members
  • Delivered 12 loads of supplies to distribution points across the region
  • Coordinated public and corporate supply donations to reach struggling families
  • Mobilized volunteers to meet community recovery needs

 

UW

 

While the scale of need makes it impossible to reach every community, we are working around the clock to connect the dots between those who can provide help and those who need it. Keep reading for a breakdown of our impact.

Long-term recovery will be measured in months and years, and significantly more funding is needed to help families rebuild their lives. Lend a hand by making a gift today. We are stronger, UNITED. 

BOOTS ON THE GROUND

Sept. 3:

  • Water Distribution in Covington and St. Bernard

Sept. 4:

  • Water Distribution in New Orleans East and Desire neighborhood

Sept. 5:

  • Received Southern Company + Walmart donations

Sept. 6:

Sept. 7:

  • Supply drop in Lafitte

Sept. 8:

  • Jefferson and Tangipahoa Pop-Up events. Served over 1,500 meals and distributed $50,000 in gift cards
  • Supply drop in Grand Isle
  • Delivered 40 pallets of water to Tangipahoa

Sept. 9:

  • Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Pop-Ups: Served over 2,250 meals and distributed $75,000 in gift cards

Sept. 10:

  • Washington and Orleans Pop-Ups: Served over 1,500 meals and distributed $50,000 in gift cards
  • Supply drop to Marrero
  • Supply drop to New Orleans
  • Supply drop to Estelle Park

Sept. 13:

  • Supply drop in Lafitte
  • Delivered diapers to Hollygrove

Sept. 14:

  • Supply drop in Grand Isle

Sept. 16:

  • Lower Plaquemines Pop-up. Served over 750 meals, distributed $25,000 in gift cards and over $15,000 in supplies.
  • Over 500 hot meals served in Lafitte

Sept. 17:

  • Supply drop to St. John United Way for LaPlace residents
  • Supply drop in Lafitte, including generators and OME cots/chairs

Sept. 20:

  • Plaquemines Parish, Ironton Pop-up: Served over 200 meals and distributed $10,000 in gift cards

Sept. 21:

  • Lafourche Parish, Golden Meadow Pop-ups with United Way of South Louisiana: Served over 1,000 meals and helped distribute supplies

Sept. 22:

  • Pop-up in Tangipahoa: Served over 550 meals and distributed supplies

Sept. 23

  • Pop-up in St. Bernard: Served over 500 meals, distributed $20,000 in gift cards and distributed supplies

Sept. 24

  • Pop-up in Orleans: Served over 600 meals, distributed $20,000 in gift cards, and distributed supplies
  • Pop-up in Jefferson: Served over 500 meals, distributed $20,000 in gift cards, and distributed supplies

Sept. 28

  • Supply drop to St. Bernard

 

Sept. 29

  • Supply drop to Operation Restoration's Hurricane Ida Relief event
  • Pop-up in Jean Lafitte: Served over 600 meals

 

Oct. 1

  • Pop-up in Jean Lafitte: Distributed $10,000 in gift cards and distributed supplies

Oct. 5

  • Pop-up in Jean Lafitte: Served over 750 meals, distributed $20,000 in gift cards, and distributed supplies