Southeast Louisiana Flood Relief

In the months following the August floods, United Way of Southeast Louisiana:

  • Distributed over 1.5 million items with a value of $1.4 million to date
  • 368 volunteers
  • Coordinated 2,100 service hours
  • Coordinated over 90 organizations to work with United Way to distribute items

We have invested $463,823 to date in grants for direct service and recovery:

  • In first 10 days United Way invested $120,000 to get immediate help out
  • Facilitated the mucking and gutting of 68 homes to date with partners
  • Granted $50,000 to be used for case management for mental health and crisis response for work to be done in conjunction with the St Tammany Behavioral Health Task Force
  • Invested $100k with LABI to assist businesses who have been affected by catastrophic flooding.
  • Over 200 homes/families have been identified with the Long Term Recovery Groups in our North Shore parishes who need assistance with flood recovery. Our United Way is reaching out with its partners to assist as many as possible.

The Red Cross has partnered with the United Way system and has provided grants to assist in the rebuilding.  United Way Southeast Louisiana has received a grant of $958,000 to help in the long term recovery efforts in our region and they have also invested with other United Ways in our state as well.

Sample of Items Distributed:

  • 111,589 bottles of water

  • 13,029 packages of cleaning wipes

  • 24,086 items for babies

  • 3,975 buckets of cleaning supplies

  • 19,813 trash bags

  • 3,600 gallons of bleach

  • 12,925 pairs of gloves

  • 6,200 rolls of paper towels

  • 39,090 toiletry items



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


Phone: 225-800-2227


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


We are looking for case managers to help in Tangipahoa for flood recovery. Click here.