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How You Can Help Hurricane Laura Survivors

During times of national emergency, the Wilkes community’s first inclination is to ask "How can we help?"

The level of disaster Laura and Marco will have is yet to be determined. However, it will be long-lasting. The impact on families and communities will be ongoing. But there are ways to help.

Local Organizations

St. Bernard Project | The Civic Engagement's LEAP alternative break program has had a partnership with St. Bernard Project for many years. Many LEAP AB students, faculty and staff left our hearts in Louisianan after Hurricane Katrina. For us, this is personal.

SBP focuses on streamlining the recovery process, which includes quickly rebuilding homes, restoring local businesses and supporting policies that aid long-term recovery.

Houston Food Bank | During the Houston flooding in 2016, the Civic Engagement Office partnered with the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Food Bank has dozens of trucks packed with food prepared to dispatch once conditions allow.

The demand for food assistance from the organization has increased by nearly 180 percent since the pandemic, a spokeswoman said, and they anticipate demand rising even more as a result of this disaster.

The best way to help the organization meet that demand is to donate money. Every $1 you donate provides three meals.  

National organizations

All Hands and Hearts | The Civic Engagement Office has an ongoing partnership with All Hands and Hearts through the LEAP alternative break program. Our students have volunteered with them several times.

All Hands and Hearts is an emergency response organization that deploys volunteers to disaster sites to help with cleaning, rebuilding homes and creating a long-term recovery plan. You can donate to its Hurricane Laura Relief fund.

The Salvation Army | The Salvation Army has set up 44 mobile feeding stations to aid first-responders and survivors across Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. You can donate on its website to help provide food and other supplies.

The Red Cross | The Red Cross has hundreds of volunteers in Louisiana and Texas providing medical services and aiding in relief efforts. Donations can be made on its website, or text the code LAURA to 90999 to donate $10.

To protect survivors living in shelters from the spread of the coronavirus, the Red Cross will not accept donations of food, clothes or other supplies.

The Civic Engagement Office will host the bloodmobile from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

The United Way | United Way of Southwest Louisiana has set up a fund to support both short- and long-term relief efforts. You can text LAURA to 40403 to donate, or do so on their website.

Please contact Megan Valkenburg (megan.boone@wilkes.edu) in the Civic Engagement Office with any questions.