How can you help in Hurricane Ida recovery?

September 3, 2021

Second Harvest Food Bank: Our local food bank is focused on disaster recovery, food insecurity and vulnerable populations.  They will be hosting a drive that will collect food and supplies from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from September 3- 17.  Deliveries should be made to 215 Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana.  Monetary donations are also welcome here:  Hurricane Ida Response - Second Harvest Community Food Bank

Samaritan's Purse:  This nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.  For monetary donations   

Thrive NOLA:  Based in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, this non-profit offers families, businesses and communities via their affordable housing program, small business training, a thrift store and a community center. Donate | Thrive New Orleans (thrivenola.org)

American Red Cross: Across Louisiana and Mississippi, the organization and others have opened dozens of shelters, and they have moved "truckloads" of supplies including cots, comfort kits and meals. People can donate online or by texting "IDA" to 90999. People can also schedule a blood donation appointment online.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana: In partnership with WWL-TV, has set up a fund to support immediate relief efforts, long-term rebuilding and community grants to help other organizations provide recovery. Donate | United Way of Southeast Louisiana

City of New Orleans' NOLA Ready Volunteer Corps: Volunteers are needed to help with resource distribution at NORD Cooling Centers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Volunteers will be helping residents access a range of services including AC, charging, FEMA assistance, meals, and more.The NORD Cooling Centers will be running daily for the foreseeable future. Volunteer shifts are 8am-1pm and 1pm-6pm every day. Sign up here

GlobalGiving Hurricane Ida Relief Fund: Crowdfunding organization that connects nonprofits to donors and companies that has raised millions of dollars following previous hurricanes. They have launched a relief fund that will support people impacted by Hurricane Ida by providing food, water, medicine and shelter. It will also provide long-term assistance as needed once immediate needs are met. Donate here

Catholic Charities of Acadiana: To provide financial assistance, people can donate to the organization's disaster relief or shop an Amazon disaster wishlist. They are looking for people for the following jobs to assist in disaster relief: Data Collection / Call Center, Tarp Teams, Damage Assessment, Muck Out / Clean Up, Debris Removal & Chainsaw Crew, and Food Service Team Member. Click here to register your group to volunteer, and click here to reach the general offer of assistance form. Find more information on ways to Donate here

Feed the Second Line: The New-Orleans based organization that purchases groceries for "culture bearers" has pledged to use all donations raised in September and October to help people recover from the storm. Donate here

Americares: Americares is an organization that maintains an emergency pharmacy stocked with essential medicines, vaccines and medical supplies. The group has contacted more than two dozen parter clinics in Louisiana and Mississippi with offers to help. Americares is also prepared to provide grants to damaged healthcare centers serving low-income and uninsured residents, as well as having professional relief workers ready to respond. For information, check out their website

Project Hope: Is providing medical surge support and other relief. The organization is sending 8,000 hygiene kits as well as N95 masks and has served the region in the past throughout multiple disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. They are accepting volunteers and donations.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation: Is currently accepting donations to the Disaster Response and Restoration Fund in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Your contribution will support immediate and urgent recovery efforts in our region and allows the Foundation to deploy significant resources to our local nonprofit partners leading disaster response on the ground. Donations can be made here.

Mercy Chefs: will provide hot meals to survivors in the New Orleans regions. Register here.

Baton Rouge Food Bank: needs volunteers to help with mobile distribution, sorting, and packing. Register here.

The Louisiana Policy Institution for Children: is collecting donations to provide childcare providers with financial assistance to aid their recovery efforts in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Dollar General: is accepting donations and will deliver them to impacted areas. All locations from New Iberia to Morgan City will accept donations of essential items like water, non-perishable foods, and clothing.

Gifting Grace Project: is holding a donation drive to build student care kits, Sept. 1 – Oct. 29. They’re looking for the following items:

  • Personal hygiene products (shampoo, brushes, soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, deodorant, ladies products, baby diapers/wipes)
  • Cold night essentials (blankets, pillows, socks, jackets)
  • Non-perishable foods (granola bars, cereal, pop-tarts, canned foods, pasta/rice, etc.)
  • Kids toys
  • Gift cards (Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Walgreens, etc.)
  • Monetary donations can be made here.

Donation drop-offs are at Traditions Health Office, located at 217 Rue Louis XIV #100, Lafayette from Sept. 1 – Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Lift Acadiana: is collecting items to distribute to Terrebonne, Lafourche, and South Lafourche Parishes. Donations drop-off times are Wednesday, Sept. 1 – Friday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. – noon at 210 S. Girouard Rd. A, Broussard, La.

Down the Bayou Nutrition and Energy: is holding a supply drive through Monday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Items can be dropped off at 1120 Eighth St., Morgan City, and will be distributed from Nan’s Nutrition at 6495 W. Park Ave, Houma.

The Covenant Love Truck: from Covenant United Methodist Church needs donations and volunteers to deliver relief and supplies to impacted areas. The following items are requested:

  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Small tents
  • Baby and adult diapers/wipes
  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlights/lanterns
  • Batteries
  • Hand sanitizer/cleaner
  • Chainsaw and generator oil

Donations are currently being accepted through Monday, Sept. 6, each day from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Covenant Church at 300 E. Martial Ave., Lafayette. Monetary donations are also accepted through Venmo to @Love-Truck.

St. Edmond’s Catholic Church: will start collecting supplies on Thursday, Sept. 2 and will accept supplies through Friday, Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day.

  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, soap, mops, brooms, cleaning towels, soaps, personal hygiene supplies)
  • Bottled water

The products will be distributed in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, our neighbors to the East. Monetary donations can be made with a check made to St Edmond Catholic Church with the notation Hurricane Relief. For more information visit their website

Southcentral Region 4 United for Christ: is uniting to help those affected by Hurricane Ida. If you are interested in helping volunteer or donating, contact one of their directors:

  • Iberia Parish: Rev. Wilfred Johnson 337-241-1972
  • St. Mary Parish: Rev. Frederick McDaniel 337-210-6090
  • St. Martin Parish: Bro. Manwell Roberson 225-361-1792
  • Vermilion Parish: Apostle Crystal Randle 337-230-6693
  • Lafayette Parish: Sister Marja Broussard 337-501-7617 & Bishop James GardinerJr. 337-257-5815

Reve Coffee Roasters: will donate a percentage of sales from the week of August 30 – Sept. 3 toward relief efforts. They are also designating both Coffee Lab locations in Lafayette as supply dropoff locations. Items needed include the following:

  • Tarps
  • Gas cans
  • Tools (roof nails, tire plugs, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, mops, brooms, etc.)
  • Toiletries/hygiene items (soap, toilet paper, tampons/pads, etc.)
  • Diapers, baby wipes, formula
  • Water, non-perishable snacks/food, sports drinks
  • Pet food
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • Tents, sleeping bags
  • Flashlights, batteries
  • Face masks, gloves

The Coffee Labs are located at 200-A Jefferson St., Lafayette, and 1042 Camellia Blvd #6, Lafayette. Donations are accepted during business hours at both locations until Sunday, Sept. 5.