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.

Hurricane Harvey

We have activated our Disaster Relief Fund and will allocate donations to areas in most need, which may include United Way of Greater Houston and United Way of Southwest Louisiana. To donate, click here, then select “Disaster Relief” under “Invest my donation in.” If you would like your donation to be sent to a specific organization, please enter their name in the box labeled “If other please explain …” 

If you would like to donate supplies, Volunteer Ascension is accepting donated supplies at Lamar Dixon in Gonzales. They will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. until further notice. 

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.