No stranger to natural disasters, Louisiana knows how how put itself back together again a fire or flood—or in this case, Hurricane Ida, whose heavy winds tore through significant portions of our state last week, leaving thousands of people in need of power and basic supplies. Lucky for us, local organizations began banding together almost immediately to take on the challenge of distributing donations, raising funds and even housing displaced residents in the wake of the storm.
Thanks to these companies and organizations, helping Louisiana’s hurricane victims is as easy as buying a T-shirt or dropping off a plastic tub. To find out how you can give back, check out some of these organizations and businesses below:
Sweet Baton Rouge
After the floods of 2016, the “Cajun Navy” T-shirts sold by local boutique Sweet Baton Rouge helped raise $50,000 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. That initiative was followed by other disaster relief efforts in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Now, in the wake of Ida, all proceeds from any “Cajun Navy” T-shirt or the new “Louisiana Strong” T-shirt will likewise be donated to hurricane relief funds through the food bank.
Capital Area United Way
This nonprofit has been raising funds to increase income stability, education and healthy living since 1925—needless to say, hurricanes aren’t getting in its way anytime soon. Between August 27 and September 3, the organization’s 211 service had already attended to 2,500 calls throughout its 10-parish service area in response to the impacts of Hurricane Ida, with CAUW still accepting financial donations to support the recovery of Louisiana residents, particularly the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. To make an online donation, visit cauw.org/idarelief.
The Atlas Foundation
The Atlas Foundation prides itself on promoting dialogue and conversation through even the toughest philosophical questions of faith, but when it comes to Hurricane Ida relief, there was only ever one answer. Through the Embrace Relief Foundation, which collaborates with humanitarians and disaster relief aid workers around the world, Atlas is accepting donations at donation.embracerelief.org/hurricane-ida-disaster-relief.
Other opportunities to help:
• The MidCity Makers Market at Circa 1857 is working with Houma-based Helio Foundation for a collection drive benefitting Pointe-aux-Chênes in Terrebonne Parish, which is in dire need of water, batteries and storage containers. Donations can be dropped off at a special event with live music, food and local makers at 1857 Government St. this Saturday, September 11, from 5 to 9 p.m., with an additional dropoff point at Red Stick Reads through tomorrow, September 10. Once you drop off your donation, you’ll be given a ticket with a number on it, and MidCity Makers Market organizers will draw numbers for a chance to win artwork donated by its artists.
• Each ASL ILY hand pendant created by Mimosa Handcrafted represents $25 in food, water and basic necessities donated to affected families in South Louisiana, especially Houma and Thibodaux. The brand is also donating 1% of all purchases made through their site to Helio Foundation.
• Local artist Masy Chighizola of Press Relief Prints will donate 90% of sales for her “Down the Bayou” block print to Bless Your Heart, a nonprofit whose mission is to help Lafourche, Terrebone and Jefferson parishes.
• The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is raising money through its Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund, which assists organizations providing food, water, medicines and shelter to those in need across South Louisiana.