Capital Area United Way Releases First Phase of Flood Relief Funding

Capital Area United Way Releases First Phase of Flood Relief Funding

More than $200,000 will be granted to local nonprofits

BATON ROUGE, LA (October 4, 2016) - Capital Area United Way’s board of directors approved funding for 13 local nonprofits totaling $208,800 to help with reimbursements of flood services, immediate relief of needs, and organizational needs. The first phase of funding for flood relief was only available to the 50 nonprofits currently receiving funding from Capital Area United Way. A second phase of funding will be available for any nonprofit working locally to provide mental health services and repair/rebuild activities.

“This flood has impacted us all, and the needs are greater than the resources currently available,” said Stevie Toups, Board Chair of Capital Area United Way. “We have been very fortunate to receive support from around the country, and our goal is to use that support in the most impactful way we can.”

30 organizations submitted requests for more than $625,000. As is the case with all funding decisions, volunteers reviewed the applications and evaluated which organizations were in most need. The 13 organizations selected for funding are listed below.


Boys & Girls Club





Cancer Services of GBR



Catholic Charities


GBR Food Bank


Happi Llandiers





The Life of a Single Mom


O'Brien House



Mid City Redevelopment


St. Vincent de Paul


The Arc Baton Rouge



Volunteers of America GBR




Applications for Phase 2 funding will be accepted October 4-17. Funding will be directed to nonprofits working on mental health and rebuilding based on community need. CAUW anticipates releasing an additional $600,000 in Phase 2 funding.

“We know that the rebuilding of lives and homes will be a long process,” said George Bell, President and CEO of Capital Area United Way. “Phase 2 funding will focus specifically on helping people and organizations rebuild both.”

Nonprofits interested in applying for Phase 2 funds can submit an application online at:

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Capital Area United Way

Capital Area United Way works to create a community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential. CAUW is leading a movement to focus donated resources on programs that have significant impact within our communities; to move the needle by addressing our greatest needs. We are creating a pattern of real change by putting people in a position to achieve their full potential. Our efforts focus on impacting our communities in the areas of: education, income stability, health, basic needs, and community level strategies. To see the impact and learn how you can be the one, please visit