Did you know there are veterans and senior citizens that are on waiting lists to have their homes cleaned out because of the flood? They have to wait because there are not enough volunteers to help the four faith-based organizations that have generously given of their time and resources to support our community. FEMA has reported that over 2300 citizens have sought assistance in Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, and Webster parishes. You can help by volunteering your time for just one day to help your neighbors. Sports teams, youth groups, debate teams, service clubs are all welcome. Louisiana Initiative for Nonprofit and Community Collaboration (LINCC) is asking our community to give a day to help their neighbors through organized volunteer efforts that can be found on the LINCC website at www.lincc.us. A volunteer must be over 14 years of age, and the parent/guardian must sign a release for the teenager to participate. Four disaster relief clean up groups are providing daily trainings on cleaning out flooded homes to provide a healthy and safe volunteer experience. Time is really critical; with temperatures warming in this humid climate, these homes need to be cleaned out as soon as possible.

The organizations that are cleaning out flooded homes are:

  • NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster is working in Caddo Parish. Please call Dorothy Maples at (318) 459-8304 to volunteer or request assistance with mud outs. They need 30 volunteers a day to help clean out homes Tuesday (April 5) – Monday (April 11)! They are being housed at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church 915 Grover, Shreveport, La.
  • Poured Out is working in Bossier & Webster Parishes. Please call Kent Butterfield at (309) 269-0254 to volunteer or seek help to clean out your home (Mud outs). They need 6 volunteers a day for Friday (April 8)-Monday (April 11). They are being housed at Church Of the Cross 700 Highway 80 Haughton, LA.
  • Samaritan’s Purse is focused on the Southern part of Bossier Parish. Please contact Wayne Shoemaker at (318) 525-6555 to volunteer or request help to clean out your home (Mud outs), temporary tarps, or debris clean up. They need 8-10 volunteers a day except Sunday and must be able to report a statement of Faith. Daily orientation is at 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM at Bellaire Baptist except on Sunday. They are housed at Bellaire Baptist 1210 Bellaire Blvd., Bossier City, LA 71112.
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief serves in Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, and Claiborne parishes. Please contact Verna at (318) 229-9645 to volunteer or help clean out your home (Mud outs). They need “as many volunteers as you can provide” a day. They are housed at Haughton First Baptist Church, 105 E. Washington Ave., Haughton.

Throughout the 2016 flood, LINCC has partnered with local government, nonprofits, and VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to provide a wide-ranging emergency resource directory of community needs such as sandbags, food, cleaning supplies, & volunteers. LINCC showcases all nonprofits that impact the community every day in Northwest Louisiana through a free and easy website (www.lincc.us). For more information on LINCC, a project of the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, please contact Susan Campbell at 318-221-0582 or email campbell@cfnla.org.

 

About the Community Foundation of North Louisiana

Established in 1961, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana’s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in our area. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, both past and present, the Foundation has made grants to vital nonprofit organizations since our inception. In our shared endeavor to build a more robust, vibrant community, we fund a variety of critical initiatives, including education, health, arts and culture, and poverty alleviation. Through integrity and sound financial practices, the Foundation has successfully stewarded the philanthropic interests of past donors and is poised to lead the next generation of givers to address the challenges facing our region.