Hurricanes Laura and Delta brought unforeseen challenges to many residents in Southwest Louisiana. There are agencies and faith-based organizations that are working to bring relief to those who are struggling during this difficult time. If you or someone you know could benefit from the programs offered by the organizations listed below, please be sure to reach out for assistance.
United Way of SWLA continues to focus on measurable results while meeting critical health and human service needs in our community through Education, Economic Mobility, Health, and Basic Needs services. Volunteers looking to aid in Hurricane Relief efforts can sign up via the United Way website to work the relief tent, located in Lake Charles, or at two grocery distribution centers, located in Calcasieu and Beauregard Parishes.
- Volunteer: www.unitedwayswla.org/volunteerform
- Donations of Goods or Services: www.unitedwayswla.org/donations
The Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter. The foundation has raised more than $6 million in the weeks following Hurricane Laura, allowing grants to be made to adept nonprofits to offer relief and comfort to people in the direst need. The Foundation collaborates with public agencies and private enterprises to conduct projects for civic improvement.
- Monetary Donations: Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
- Grant Opportunity: The rapid grant program is open now and accepting applications through mid-October. Qualified nonprofits can apply by filling out a simple form at FoundationSwla.org/grants-apply.
Care Help of Sulphur, Inc. was organized in January 1984 by people in our area who saw a need for a charitable organization to provide assistance to people in emergency situations. In addition to the area residents, we assist people passing through who are in an emergency situation and fire victims. The organization has continued to grow throughout the years and we have had the opportunity to help thousands of people who needed temporary, emergency assistance.
Assisting families in need with:
- utilities (water, gas, etc.)
Volunteer Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Donation Drop-Off Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana
The Diocese of Lake Charles, established in 1980, was carved from the area in Southwest Louisiana that formerly made up the Diocese of Lafayette. After the diocese's formation, it continued to provide assistance to those in need through its Office of Catholic Social Services. This was done with financial assistance to those in need to pay rent, mortgages, and utilities. A food pantry was also part of the operation as well as providing clothing for those in need. Catholic Charities of SWLA frequently holds free grocery and supply drives for residents.
- Grocery and Supply Drives
- Rent and Mortgage Assistance
- Utilities Assistance
Text Hurricane to 84576 for daily updates on relief efforts in SWLA
Samaritan’s Purse Operations
Locations in DeQuincy, Jennings, DeRidder, and Lake Charles.
Second Harvest Food Bank
All Hands and Hearts
*All Hands and Hearts is geared toward out of town volunteers willing to commit to a 12-week work session.