NEW ORLEANS — Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), will donate $68,000 in grants through the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund to local community organizations that are helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
On August 28, 2017, Mayor Landrieu reactivated the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund to contribute to recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey’s impact in Texas and Southwest Louisiana.
“In New Orleans, we know what it is like to suffer through a disaster, and it’s because of the generosity we were shown that we’ve been able to bounce back better than before,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Through the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund, we are giving back and supporting our local non-profits in their relief efforts. Thank you to everyone who donated, and I encourage others to continue to support this fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and prepare to assist those impacted by Hurricane Irma.”
“We’re proud that our community is responding to needs of our neighbors,” said Andy Kopplin, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “We’re supporting local organizations that are gathering supplies, marshalling volunteers, and taking their expertise to the impacted areas. We’re paying it forward, but let’s not stop. Please give today.”
The NOLA Pay It Forward Fund is awarding a total of $68,000 to the following organizations:
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation is accepting tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods.
- John Besh Foundation is providing meals to impacted communities in Houston and Southeast Texas.
- Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is providing meals to impacted communities in Southeast Texas.
- NOLA Tree Project is deploying volunteers to impacted communities in Houston and Southeast Texas to assist community & faith based organizations to launch volunteer & homeowner resource centers modeled after the St. Paul’s Homecoming Center.
- HandsOn New Orleans is managing virtual volunteer centers on behalf of United Way of Greater Houston and United Way of Southwest Louisiana and deploying volunteers to Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas.
- United Saints Recovery Project is deploying volunteers to Southwest Louisiana to assist with clean up and rebuilding efforts.
- Rock of Ages Baptist Church is working with three additional New Orleans churches to collect and distribute donations of food, water and cleaning supplies in Houston and Southeast Louisiana.
- New Home Family Worship Center is collecting and distributing donations of cleaning supplies, toiletries, and school uniforms from New Orleans and Houston congregations for the greater Houston area.
- Louisiana Freedmen Missionary Baptist General Association is facilitating donation drives and coordinating student volunteers from Xavier University to assist with rebuilding efforts in Houston and Southeast Texas.
- Household of Faith is collecting and distributing donations of food, water, and cleaning supplies weekly in Southeast Texas.
The City and GNOF will play a continuous role in supporting the long-term recovery needs of impacted communities. The NOLA Pay It Forward fund is still accepting donations to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey and in anticipation of need following Hurricane Irma.
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.
NOLA Pay It Forward Fund
Mayor Landrieu launched the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund 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. Most recently, in August 2016, the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund raised $250,000 following the major flooding in Baton Rouge. The fund is housed with the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
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