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The South Louisiana region experienced an unprecedented flooding event in August of 2017 due to Hurricane Harvey. Family members, neighbors and friends had to be rescued from their homes and are now rebuilding. Our region is facing a challenging recovery period and we are here to help.
Our community is eager to help those affected by the flood. By leveraging our partnerships across Southwest Louisiana, we have the opportunity to make a strong impact and help those who are in need.
- Denise Durel, President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana
United Way of Southwest Louisiana was proud to participate with its neighboring United Ways in the Greater Acadiana United Way Disaster Fund appeal. All donations earmarked for the flood benefited our Flood Relief and Recovery Fund to support short-term and long-term efforts.
We at United Way of Southwest Louisiana understand that recovery is a long-term endeavor. We will make every effort to raise funds to continue to support local needs in our service area to help community members most impacted.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana distributed the funds in the following ways:
100% of the money donated to United Way of Southwest Louisiana is going to victims of the recent floods across the region. United Way of Southwest Louisiana connects people and organizations with the passion, expertise and resources to get things done.
Charitable organizations in the region don't have all the resources they need to respond. As they step up, your local United Way will put your donation to work with these trusted and tested organizations who know what to do. This is the most efficient way to help your neighbors - work with front-line organizations who specialize in disaster response and those who will be here to help people get their homes back in working order.
Your donation is supporting work that's going on right now. It'll include clean-up efforts, home repairs, and other needs that are part of the long-term recovery from HARVEY.
*There is not a need for clothing at this time.
1: United Way of SWLA Warehouse: 305 N Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2: Catholic Charities: 1225 2nd Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Citizens in need of services should dial 2-1-1. This United Way partner agency is available 24/7 to provide information, referrals, training and crisis intervention to people, organizations and communities so they can help themselves and others.
LA 211 receives calls during natural and manmade disasters as part of the statewide 211 system, providing vital non-emergency information before, during and after the event.
Businesses and individuals seeking assistance should register with FEMA by doing one of the following:
Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administrations allows small business, agricultural cooperatives and most private, nonprofit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems to register for up to $2 million loans. For more information, click here or call 1-800-659-2955.
Other helpful information for those impacted by the flood (click links below):
For over 78 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana has been committed to building strong, successful families and strengthening our community.
815 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Toll Free: 888.433.1088