How to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Now 12 years after Hurricane Katrina, it is important that we do our part to return the support so many people gave to us in our time of need. The people of New Orleans know all too well what it's like to suffer through a disaster. We remember all of those who helped us when we needed it most, and through this fund we hope to pay it forward to other communities in need. It's our turn to "Pay It Forward" once again. See below for a list of recommended organizations to contribute, donate supplies, or volunteer with to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Donate to the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund
On August 28th, the City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, reactivated the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund to provide support to affected areas in Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Those interested in donating to the fund can go online to www.gnof.org/nolapayitforward/. Donors can also contact Allie Betts, donor relations manager at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, at 504.598.4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NOLA Pay it Forward Fund was first launched in May 2011 to contribute to recovery efforts following the Mississippi River flooding disaster. It was also activated in 2012 in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to support recovery efforts in the northeast, in May 2013 following catastrophic tornadoes in Oklahoma, and in August 2016 following the major flooding in parts of Northern and Southern Louisiana. The fund has granted $250,000 to organizations such as The Salvation Army of Baton Rouge, Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans, NOLA Tree Project, among others.
Donate to Immediate Relief Efforts
American Red Cross is collecting donations for immediate relief efforts. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1.800.RED CROSS, or text the word HARVEY to 90999.
Salvation Army is collecting donations for immediate relief efforts. To donate, visit salvationarmyusa.org, call 1.800.SAL ARMY, or text the word STORM to 51555.
New Orleans-based Opportunities to Donate
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans is collecting funds to aid in the Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. Those funds will be forwarded directly to the Catholic bishops of the affected areas.
To donate, send a check via mail or in person to:
Archdiocese of New Orleans
Attn: Archbishop Aymond
7887 Walmlsey Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125
(Please indicate "Hurricane Relief" in the memo)
CCANO has also compiled a list of parish-based opportunities. The list can be found here.
Coast Guard Family Organization, Inc. is collecting funds to aid the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund.
To donate, bring checks in person to:
Base New Orleans, United States Coast Guard
1790 Saturn Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70129
Hurricane Harvey Hospitality Employee Relief Fund is collecting funds to aid Houston hospitality workers most in need. The fund is working with Texas and Houston restaurant association to identify who needs assistance.
To donate, visit www.gnof.org/give-now and note in the donation form that the money is for the Hospitality Employee Relief Fund.
St. Bernard Project (SBP) is planning to send Americorps volunteers, assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes.
To donate to this effort, visit https://donate.sbpusa.org/
United Way of Southeast Louisiana is collecting funds to aid in recovery efforts for areas affected by the storm.
To donate, visit http://www.unitedwaysela.org/HarveyReliefFund or address mail-in donations to:
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Attn: Hurricane Harvey Fund
2515 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
New Orleans-based Donation Drives
NOLA Tree Project is collecting gift cards (Visa, AMEX, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, or Wal-Mart) which will be distributed in person to those impacted.
Cards can be dropped off to:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church on weekdays between 8AM and 4PM
6249 Canal Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
To donate to this effort, visit www.nolatreeproject.org or mail checks or gift cards to:
NOLA Tree Project
1509 Filmore Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70122.
Pressed Café is accepting donations of prepaid VISA cards, food, clothing, toiletries, and other essentials which will be distributed in person to those impacted.
Donations can be dropped off to:
919 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(At the corner of St. Charles and Howard)
The Junior League of New Orleans is accepting diaper donations for families in Texas.
Diapers can be dropped off to:
4319 Carondelet St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
To donate to this effort, visit https://www.commitchange.com/la/new-orleans/junior-league-of-new-orleans/campaigns/relieffund
Household of Faith Family Worship Church is collecting donations for children ages 1-12 impacted by Hurricane Harvey which will be distributed in person to those impacted. Donations are being collected August 31 10AM-7PM, September 1 10AM-3PM, September 2 10AM-12PM, and next week Mon – Wed 10AM-3PM, Thursday 10AM-7PM, and Friday 10AM-7PM.
Donations can be dropped off to:
Faith Pastor Antoine Barriere
9300 I 10 Service Rd
New Orleans, LA 70127
Second Harvest Food Bank is collecting non-perishable food items, especially “pop-top” canned goods that do not require can-openers, water, MREs that are still in-date, cleaning supplies such as bleach, gloves, and garbage bags, and other disaster-specific items.
Donations can be dropped off to:
700 Edwards Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70123
To donate to this effort, visit: http://no-hunger.org/hurricane-harvey-can-help/
Many local schools are accepting donations in conjunction with local nonprofits. Please check with your local school for information on their initiatives.
The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans has compiled a list of local Jewish organizations collecting donations to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. They also are accepting donations and registering volunteers. The list can be found here.
Supporting Organizations in Impacted Areas
The Greater Houston Community Foundation has compiled a list of local organizations collecting donations to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster in conjunction with AmeriCorps is registering volunteers and will reach out to those who register as the need arises.
Volunteer Louisiana is registering local volunteers and will reach out to those who register as the need arises.
NOLA Tree Project is registering local volunteers and coordinating trips to affected areas.