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Help SWLA Now

We need everyone who cares about Southwest Louisiana and the people who live here to add your voice as we plea to the White House and Congress to provide federal disaster relief to the only region in the country to experience five federally declared disasters over the past 15 months. It’s historic and unprecedented, and the need is urgent. Learn More 

Getting Help

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. 

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United Way of Southwest Louisiana

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.



Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana

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.



Care Help

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:

  • food
  • utilities (water, gas, etc.)
  • rent
  • medicine
  • clothing


www.care-help.org
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


www.catholiccharitiesswla.com
Text Hurricane to 84576 for daily updates on relief efforts in SWLA


More Organizations

Samaritan’s Purse Operations
Volunteer: www.SPVolunteer.org
Locations in DeQuincy, Jennings, DeRidder, and Lake Charles.

Second Harvest Food Bank
www.no-hunger.org/volunteer

All Hands and Hearts
www.allhandsandhearts.org/volunteer
*All Hands and Hearts is geared toward out of town volunteers willing to commit to a 12-week work session.

Love Acadiana
www.loveacadiana.org
Volunteer: www.loveacadiana.org/i-can-help
Donate: https://pushpay.com/g/loveacadiana?src=hpp

Eight Days of Hope
www.eightdaysofhope.com
Volunteer: https://eightdaysofhope.com/registration?ev=34
Donate: https://eightdaysofhope.com/donate

Team Rubicon
www.teamrubiconusa.org
Volunteer: https://teamrubiconusa.org/joinus-covid-19-1/

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