Louisiana Disaster Relief

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In times of disaster, Capital Area United Way provides resources to aid in relief and recovery efforts.  Long-term recovery from disasters takes time, money, volunteers and strong partnerships, and we stand ready to facilitate providing resources to those who need it most.

Tornado Relief

On February 7, 2016 tornadoes caused widespread damage throughout the capital region. Three of the ten parishes we serve were significantly impacted by the tornadoes, and we are working with our partners to assess the damage and needs.  

Capital Area United Way Invests $135,000 in Disaster Assistance

2016 Floods

Thousands of people in our region lost their homes and businesses in the floods that occurred in August 2016. Capital Area United Way responded quickly to begin providing donated goods to flood survivors. Recovery from this disaster will likely take years, and we are committed to helping our community move forward from this devastating event. Click here to see how we responded to the devasting floods of 2016.  

Rising as One Collaborative

A collaboration of nine nonprofits has released a plan to leverage grant funding to rebuild more than 100 flood impacted homes by the end of 2017.  The collaboration, known as the Rising as 1 Rebuilding Collaborative, is comprised of Capital Area United Way, American Red Cross, All Hands Volunteers, Fellowship Church, Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and SBP (formerly St. Bernard Project).  The collaborative will invest a total value of more than $1 million into the homes being rebuilt through construction, materials, labor and additional resources.
 
This work is part of a larger $1.2 million grant that Capital Area United Way was awarded from American Red Cross to continue long term recovery work in Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes. Through this collaborative, each organization will match grant dollars with cash, in-kind materials, and/or volunteer labor to provide approximately $10,000 per home to result in a finished living environment for each household.  Additionally, each home will receive installed smoke alarms, a home preparedness kit, a home safety checklist and an exit/preparedness plan.  A minimum of 108 homes will be rebuilt through October 2017.  Click here to learn more.