NEW ORLEANS, LA–Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu reactivated the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund for New Orleanians to contribute to recovery efforts following Typhoon Haiyan that devastated several regions of the Philippines on November 7, 2013.
“Our heartfelt prayers are with the entire country of the Philippines and those affected by this distressing storm,” Mayor Landrieu said. “The people of New Orleans know what it’s like to grieve during natural catastrophe and we remember all of those who helped us when we needed it most. We hope that through this fund we are able to pay it forward to others trying to recover and rebuild.”
Mayor Landrieu launched the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund in May 2011 to contribute to recover efforts following the Mississippi River flooding disaster. To assist communities recovering from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Mayor Landrieu reactivated the fund and hosted a benefit concert that raised $50,000 for hurricane relief and recovery efforts.
Currently, the greatest need is for financial donations to aid in immediate relief efforts. Mayor Landrieu is encouraging residents to make donations for storm recovery and assistance in areas impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Money raised through the fund will support non-profit organizations assisting in relief and recovery efforts.
The fund is housed with the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Those interested in donating to the Fund can go online to http://www.gnof.org/give-now/, click “Specify the Fund Name or Intent”, and enter “NOLA Pay It Forward Fund – Typhoon Haiyan” in the blank field. Donors can also call Allie Betts, donor relations manager at the Greater New Orleans Foundation at 504-598-4663 x19 or email@example.com.