The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is pouring $100,000 into a campaign for flood assistance while the American Red Cross and Capital Area United Way are also raising money for those affected by recent storms.
BRAF announced the creation of a Louisiana Flood Relief Fund on Tuesday that will make contributions to nonprofits that are working on the ground with flood victims. BRAF’s fund is intended to give immediate assistance to flood victims, while federal relief will take longer.
“History shows, over and over, that the people of Louisiana are very resilient,” said BRAF President and CEO John Davies in a statement. “They have already come together to take care of each other, but they could use your assistance as well.”
BRAF’s donations are being collected at lafloodrelief.org.
The American Red Cross has workers responding to the flooding across the state and they have set up shelters statewide. The Red Cross Disaster Relief fund is open for donations at redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
“We need the public’s support now,” said Kay Wilkins, chief executive for Red Cross in Louisiana, in a statement. “Entire families have lost their homes and everything they own to these floodwaters.”
The Louisiana Association of United Ways is raising money for flood relief by launching the Louisiana United Way Flood Fund.
Capital Area United Way also recently approved releasing $135,000 to areas that have been affected by tornadoes. Some of that money is likely to go to flood victims as well, according to Capital Area United Way’s marketing and events manager Ashley Montagnino.
“United Ways are working together to be as responsive as possible to communities impacted by the floods hitting Louisiana this week,” said Sarah Berthelot, President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of United Ways.
United Way donations can be made at launitedway.org or by texting LAFLOOD to 313131 to donate. They can also be mailed to the Louisiana United Way Flood Fund, c/o Louisiana Association of United Ways, P.O. Box 3416, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.