How to Help Hurricane Laura Victims Immediately
We are being inundated with questions about how best to help the victims of Hurricane Laura. We have complied a list of tangible ideas and resources for you below. Now is the time to do something! However you choose to help in the recovery effort, every little bit matters and counts.
Cash Donations For Hurricane Laura Victims
It feels less personal to send money, we understand. That said, money is a fast, easy, and efficient way to get resources into a community, thereby allowing those leading the clean up efforts to utilize the monetary resources in an efficient manner. Of course, be sure you donate to a cause that feels comfortable and secure to you.
Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
United Way of Southwest Louisiana
Community Foundation of Acadiana
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Greater New Orleans Foundation
United Methodist Church-Global Ministries
Volunteer to Support the Victims of Hurricane Laura
If you are able, we also strongly encourage you to volunteer your TIME!
United Saints Recovery Project
Chef Amy Sins Community Outreach
Product Donations To Help Hurricane Laura Victims
Urgent needs are cleaning supplies of all kinds to help with the massive clean up effort, as well as items for babies and children (formula, diapers, wipes, and clothing). Rather than round up items that are no longer of use to your home (though there may be some helpful good there, too), consider buying just a few small things that will meet a specific need.
If you are in the New Orleans area, Dirty Coast will be accepting donations at one of their local stores. Donations can also be made at St. Catherine of Sienna Parish. Junior League of New Orleans is collecting period products and diapers for disaster relief. Girls on The Run will be collecting donations through Wednesday, September 2.
If you are in the Gozales area, Fine and Dandy is collecting cleaning supplies, first aid supplies and many other items. You can donate in person or through their amazon registry online.
Network Via Social Media
This sounds like a simple solution, but it works. Whatever it is that you have to offer, be sure to share on social media. Maybe you can offer to do laundry, send diapers via Amazon Prime, offer virtual grief counseling, gut houses, host individuals in your guest bedroom. It doesn’t matter WHAT you are offering, it just matters that people know you’re willing and able to give.
Throw your services and gifts out onto Facebook and watch the networking start to happen. Often times, the more specific your offer to help, the more likely you’re able to find productive match.