CAPITAL AREA UNITED WAY INVESTS $135,000 IN DISASTER ASSISTANCE
BATON ROUGE, LA (March 16, 2016) – Capital Area United Way Board of Directors approved $135,000 in financial assistance to nonprofit agencies, local government entities and state United Ways to assist in the recovery efforts from the recent tornadoes and flooding in Louisiana. These funds were raised directly from donors and Capital Area United Way’s board-restricted Disaster Fund. Donations include financial support from Motiva Enterprises, David Fennely of Associated Terminals, and United Way of Southeast Louisiana raised in direct response to the needs of Livingston and St. James parish residents. Basic Needs is one of the four focus areas for Capital Area United Way to stabilize individuals and families in times of crisis.
After the recent tornadoes, CAUW released Disaster Funding Applications to those entities engaged in response efforts affecting the area parishes. The entities who requested funds to assist with unmet needs and long-term recovery efforts were approved by the CAUW’s Board of Directors and are listed below:
- Livingston Parish Council
- St. James Council on Aging
- Catholic Charities
- Salvation Army
- American Red Cross
In addition, the board approved funding for two United Way’s assisting in flooding efforts:
- United Way of Northeast Louisiana, Monroe, LA
- United Way of Northwest Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
“With so many affected by the recent tornado and floods, Capital Area United Way is committed to helping the residents of our ten-parish region get the help that they need,” said Katie Pritchett, VP of Community Impact. “It’s a privilege for us to partner with Motiva Enterprises, Mr. Fennely, and the local parish presidents to leverage resources and ensure continuous recovery for those affected most in our community.”.
Donations can be made for continuous tornado and flood efforts via the Louisiana Association of United Ways by visiting www.launitedway.org or texting LAFlood to 313-131. Those still in need of assistance can call 2-1-1 for information concerning local relief in their area.