The historic rains that visited south Louisiana August 13th and 14th 2016 created the largest natural disaster the nation has seen since Superstorm Sandy. The flooding is extensive—20 parishes in Louisiana have been declared disaster areas. There are several ways that people can help. The following trusted organizations are taking donations at these links:
United Way Southeast Louisiana
Second Harvest Food Bank
Loyola New Orleans Office of Community Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118 is collecting the following highly needed items: Clorox wipes, diapers, wipes, formula, water, blankets, sheets, pillows, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, pre-packaged snacks, towels, contractor bags, cleaning supplies, detergent, fans, paper towels/rags.
Individuals can also give through direct service. Here are a couple options for individuals and organizations to consider. Additional opportunities will be shared as the information becomes available.
The Saint Bernard Project: http://sbp.formstack.com/forms/southlouisiana
Second Harvest: http://no-hunger.org/disaster-response/
If you are an individual, please sign up using the online volunteer calendar. If you are a group of 5 or more, please contact Vanessa Cave-Herazo at
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is also seeking volunteers. They may be reached by calling (225) 336-8700 or online at www.ccdiobr.org.