With Love From Lafayette- How Lafayette Families Can Help After Hurricane Ida

With Love From Lafayette- How Lafayette Families Can Help After Hurricane Ida

I sit here with a heavy heart. I am writing this post to help organize the stream of information that is all over social media after Hurricane Ida. Like me, you might be sitting at home wondering how you can help the millions of Louisianans who have been affected this devastating storm. Here are numerous options and ways that you can help! If you know of additional options that should be added please do drop them in the comments.

Give Help: 5013c Organizations

Now lets chat about how you can help if you have the means to do so.

This is by no means an exhaustive list rather a guide to help you with what we think are the most needed items at this time. Each non profit has set up a fund for monetary donations too if you’d rather.

Second Harvest Food Bank

no-hunger.org

Serves 23 parishes: Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermillion, Washington

Tangible Donations can be dropped off to:

215 E. Pinhook Road. Lafayette, LA 70506

Monday-Friday 7:30am- 4pm

700 Edwards Ave. New Orleans, LA 70123

Please keep in mind that before you show up to the New Orleans warehouse to donate you should call (504) 734-1322 beforehand. Almost all of their employees have been affected by hurricane Ida in some way personally and so has the warehouse.  At this time the New Orleans warehouse cannot accept refrigerated or frozen items. 

Volunteer Opportunities 

At all times during the year they are sorting and repacking donations. During a disaster they ramp up these efforts. To check out their volunteer opportunities sign up here. 

Monetary Donations

A monetary gift is one of the most efficient way to support the response to this emergency. Go to no-hunger.org to make a tax-deductible donation. Every $1 raised will help provide 4 meals to someone in need.

United Way of Acadiana

Unitedwayofacadiana.org

United Way of Acadiana is committed to serving Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin, and Vermilion parishes.

215 E. Pinhook Rd. Lafayette LA 70506

They’ve set up an Amazon wishlist to help the survivors of Hurricane Ida. You can shop here if you’d like.

For volunteer opportunities check out their Volunteer Hub to connect with all upcoming events.

All the United Way’s in our country work together for the love of all people. Here is a list of other UW’s in South Louisiana

United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Parishes served: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington

Not accepting material items as of yet I but you can donate monetarily on their website. I will update this list when this changes.

Capital Area United Way

Parishes served: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupe, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, and St. James

Catholic Charities of Acadiana and St. Joesph Diner

catholiccharitiesacadiana.org

Catholic Charities of Acadiana is the official disaster response agency for the Diocese of Lafayette.

CCA has many different opportunities to get involved in our community:

Rebuilding Together Acadiana helped to tarp roofs and rebuild after Hurricane Laura and Delta last year. Please visit Rebuilding Together Acadiana to find out about their response after Hurricane Ida.

St. Joesph Diner, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, will be cooking hot and frozen meals for survivors of Hurricane Ida. To find out volunteer opportunities for St. Joe’s please visit the Volunteer Calendar.

CCA has also set up an amazon wishlist you can shop from here

All three of these organizations are hosting a joint food and supply drive starting this Friday and it goes until the 17th of September. 

Give Help: Restaurants

Grub Burger: collecting supplies for Hurricane Ida survivors at 1905 Kaliste Saloom Road, Ste. 101 Lafayette everyday from 11am to 10pm. 

Jefferson Street Pub: is having a drive to collect items for those affected by Hurricane Ida. Items can be dropped off Friday September 4th and Saturday September 5th anytime between 10AM-2AM 500 Jefferson St. Lafayette

Reve Coffee Roasters: is donating a percentage of sales from the week of August 30 – Sept. 3 toward relief efforts. They are also designating both Coffee Lab locations in Lafayette as supply drop-off locations from now until Sunday September 5. Locations include 200-A Jefferson St. and 1042 Camellia Blvd #6.

Johnston Street Java: from now until September 15th they will be collecting supplies to bring to Terrebonne Parish. Donations can be dropped of at 3123 Johnston street from 7am- 6pm.

The Rolling Pin: Last year, with the help of their great customers, they baked thousands of chocolate chip cookies for Hurricane Laura Relief. They will start baking cookies again next week for Hurricane Ida Relief. Please visit their Facebook page to figure out how you can donate supplies, funds or your time.

Give Help: Churches, Places of Worship and

Covenant United Methodist: Donations are currently being accepted through Monday, Sept. 6, each day from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Covenant Church at 300 E. Martial Ave. For more information visit their website.

St. Edmond’s Catholic Church: will start collecting supplies on Thursday, Sept. 2 and will accept supplies through Friday, Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. The donations collected will be distributed to the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. Monetary donations can be made with a check made to St Edmond Catholic Church with the notation Hurricane Relief. For more information visit their website.

Imani Temple #49: will accept donations on Friday, Sept. 3 at 201 E. Willow St. in Lafayette.

Southcentral Region 4 United for Christ: If you are interested in helping volunteer or donating, contact one of their directors

  • Iberia Parish- Rev. Wilfred Johnson 337-241-1972
  • St. Mary Parish- Rev. Frederick McDaniel 337-210-6090
  • St. Martin Parish- Bro. Manwell Roberson 225-361-1792
  • Vermilion Parish- Apostle Crystal Randle 337-230-6693
  • Lafayette Parish- Sister Marja Broussard 337-501-7617 & Bishop James GardinerJr. 337-257-5815

Pentecostals of Lafayette: are accepting donations for survivors of Hurricane Ida. You can drop off your donations at the church or make a monetary donation here.

6214 Johnston Street, Lafayette LA 70503
Follow the signs to the Donation Center

DROP OFF TIMES:
8:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Monday – Friday
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, Saturday
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Sunday

Give Help: Local Businesses

Cardon Sales Company: will hold a donation drive at 213 Cummings Rd., Broussard. Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. – noon. Please visit their Facebook page for additional information.

LSE Crane and Transportation, in partnership with C&G Containers: are accepting donations at 313 Westgate Rd., Scott. They are also looking for volunteers to help receive donations and pack them for shipment. Donations are being accepted on Thursday, Sept. 2 and Friday, Sept. 3 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m

Hurricane Relief Donation and Distribution Center located at Bead Busters & Float Rentals – donations are being accepted at 2034 Bonin Road, Youngsville, LA from 10am-6:30pm.

Give Help: Community Organizations

Franklin Fire Department: will be a drop off point for donations on September 3-5 at 512 first street in Franklin.

If you know if any more ways to get involved in helping our community in the comments and I will add it to this list. 

Are You In Need Of Help After Hurricane Ida?

Do you NEED help? Here are some options to gain assistance.

Call 232-HELP (4357) in the Acadiana area and other areas of Louisiana simply dial 211 on your phone. You can also visit your local 211 website for resources here.

232-HELP and 211 are able to locate resources to help you with health issues, rent and utility assistance, food, clothing, education, volunteer, and donor opportunities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their live resource specialists and interpreters are there to help you locate what you need.

FEMA

Start by applying online here or call 800-621-3362.

You can prepare to apply by reviewing this application checklist
Marissa has lived in Lafayette since 2014 and quickly fell in love with Louisiana culture, community spirit and the amazing food!! A former teacher, Marissa is now teaching us all about food insecurity and how we can get involved in the fight against hunger. To learn more, or to get help please visit Second Harvest Food Bank’s website at no-hunger.org. Marissa has a 3 year old named Jackson and absolutely loves being his Mama. Follow along with them as they navigate the waters of toddler years, co-parenting, and so much more.

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