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In a Position to Give? Here’s How to Support People Affected by Hurricane Ida

Across the nation, communities seem to be facing a new natural disaster every day. From wildfires to floods, this has been a particularly difficult season.

Hurricane Ida made landfall this past weekend, destroying many communities in Louisiana and surrounding regions, including Mississippi and Alabama. Families, friends and neighbors face weeks without power or water, and they urgently need supplies, resources and support.

Many of you have reached out to us to find ways to help. One of the best ways you can support our neighbors to the east is by donating money to local organizations—many of which are listed below—as they organize on the ground and begin to gather and distribute resources. We also encourage you to spread the word about the relief funds featured here by sharing this blog with your friends, family or coworkers.

organizations led by people of color

During this time of instability and uncertainty, it’s important to remember that communities of color are at heightened risk. As you look for ways to help, you can maximize your impact by supporting grassroots groups working on the ground in communities that are most impacted. Consider donating to the following coalitions, movements and organizations, all of which organize to build power and social and political cohesion in Black, brown, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), and indigenous communities.

  • Another Gulf is Possible – Just Ida Recovery and Mutual Aid & Rapid Response Fund
    Another Gulf is Possible is a women-of-color-led, grassroots collaborative of 11 members from Brownsville, Texas, to Pensacola, Fla. They will distribute donations directly to frontline indigenous and Black people and people of color impacted by Hurricane Ida and groups who currently don’t have online donations capacity, as well as directly to individual families impacted by the storm.
  • Feed the Second Line – General Donation Page
    Last year, the Krewe of Red Beans created Feed the Second Line to help create a stronger safety net for New Orleans culture. Under normal times, that meant access to gig-work and buying groceries for culture bearers. During this current disaster, their services have shifted to assist culture bearers and their families in recovering and rebuilding from Hurricane Ida.
  • Forever Calcasieu –
    Forever Calcasieu is currently assisting in relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Ida. Supporters are invited to donate to support financial assistance, emotional support or sign up to volunteer.
  • Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) – Hurricane Ida Relief Fund for Evacuation and Recovery
    FFL is a Black-led foundation founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that realizes that disasters often have outsized effects on marginalized communities. As the only statewide philanthropic entity in Louisiana, FFL’s programmatic and policy work has broad regional impact through dismantling the structural barriers that impact the lives of Louisianans.
  • Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy –
    The center is working with partners and communities to assess the immediate and long-term impacts of the storm. They offer ways to stand with those impacted by Hurricane Ida, including:

    • Support a community-controlled fund led by those at the frontline of recovery by making a donation at GCCLP administers a community-controlled fund for rapid storm response to move resources quickly to the ground. Collectively, with community partners, they will ensure that any resources directed for rapid response go to where communities need it most.
    • If you have supplies, donations, or contributions to provide for those in need, please contact Anthony Giancatarino at  or 215-316-6926.
  • Power Coalition –
    We are a team of organizations who believe in the power of community and taking action. Our goal is to equip our fellow Louisianans with the knowledge and information they need to find their voice, and learn where and when to use it. Power Coalition is helping manage some immediate direct relief for people most in need as part of a longer-term agenda
  • The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies – Hurricane Ida Disability & Disaster Hotline
    The Disability & Disaster Hotline provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs.

Groups Providing Support in North Texas

  • Catholic Charities of Dallas – Disaster Relief & Preparedness Services
    There is an urgent need to provide support for the victims of Hurricane Ida who have evacuated from New Orleans to North Texas. Many individuals are homeless and without food or funds. They need temporary emergency housing, food and financial assistance. Catholic Charities Dallas is rapidly responding to the flood of urgent calls for assistance from families and individuals, as well as referrals from government agencies and social service agency partners. Your contribution allows CCD to continue to provide shelter, assistance and hope. 
  • Children’s Health – Virtual Visit 
    Virtual Visit by Children’s HealthSM Virtual Care offers 24/7, high-quality care from virtually anywhere. Now through Sept. 10, families impacted by Hurricane Ida can video chat with a provider or licensed therapist for free right on their mobile device. Simply download the app on your smartphone, and enter coupon code “IDA” on the payment screen to receive a free visit.  \
  • Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) – Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program
    Louisiana residents who evacuated due to Hurricane Ida are eligible to stay free of charge at select hotels as part of FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program. Evacuees must find and book their own hotel rooms from the list of participating hotels at under the link Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program, or by calling 800-621-3362. Evacuees who are looking for information about conditions in Louisiana can reach Louisiana 211 by dialing 1-800-755-5175. For shelter information, text the keyword LASHELTER to 898-211; to hear about road closures, visit; and to hear local alerts for New Orleans, text NOLAREADY to 77295. 

Hurricane Ida Relief Funds

  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) – Hurricane Ida Relief
    BRAF will provide grants to nonprofits working on the ground in the impacted areas. At the start, disaster grants will likely pay for food, shelter, medicine and other necessities that help stabilize those in most immediate need. Then they will shift to making grants for long-term recovery and, perhaps more importantly, making people and places more resilient for the next time disaster visits.
  • Capital Area United Way – Hurricane Ida Relief Fund
    Capital Area United Way of Baton Rouge, La., will be accepting donations to support the immediate and long-term needs of the response and recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida. All donations to this fund will be used for response and recovery.
  • Catholic Charities of Dallas – Disaster Relief & Preparedness Services
    There is an urgent need to provide support for the victims of Hurricane Ida who have evacuated from New Orleans to North Texas. Many individuals are homeless and without food or funds. They need temporary emergency housing, food and financial assistance. Catholic Charities Dallas is rapidly responding to the flood of urgent calls for assistance from families and individuals, as well as referrals from government agencies and social service agency partners. Your contribution allows CCD to continue to provide shelter, assistance and hope. 
  • Communities Foundation of Texas – CFT Hurricane Ida Relief Fund
    Communities Foundation of Texas has established the CFT Hurricane Idea Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts for communities affected by Hurricane Ida.
  • Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) – Hurricane Ida Disaster Fund
    Through the Greater New Orleans Foundation Disaster Response and Restoration Fund, GNOF mobilizes and supports a network of voluntary and community organizations active in disasters whose expertise is deployed locally, nationally and internationally. Their Response and Restoration Fund provides immediate relief as well as long-term rebuilding support. With the capability to get dollars where they are most needed within 48 hours, the foundation has pre-registered more than 20 organizations from across Southeast Louisiana to receive expedited grants should they need to respond to a disaster. A week before the storm hit, they moved grants to five of these organizations.
  • United Way of Northeast Louisiana – Embrace Louisiana
    United Way of Northeast Louisiana, Monroe, La., has launched Embrace Louisiana to assist Hurricane Ida evacuees. The project will encompass a relief fund, a goods drive and other emergency needs to assist Hurricane Ida evacuees. All funds will be used to meet the basic needs of evacuees sheltering in Northeast Louisiana, and any unused funds will be donated to United Ways in southern Louisiana.
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana – Hurricane Ida Relief Fund
    United Way of Southeast Louisiana, New Orleans, works with local organizations to thoughtfully build strategies to create resilient communities. The Hurricane Ida Relief Fund will support immediate relief efforts and long-term rebuilding and community grants to partner organizations that provide direct services to assist with disaster recovery.
  • United Way of Southwest Louisiana – Disaster Relief Fund
    United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles, La., is in need of new basic necessities, cleaning supplies and building materials for community members in a five-parish area. In addition, monetary donations are accepted on their website for their Disaster Relief Fund.
  • United Way of South Mississippi – Hurricane Ida Relief Fund
    United Way of South Mississippi works with local organizations to thoughtfully build strategies to create resilient communities. The Hurricane Ida Relief Fund will support immediate relief efforts and long-term rebuilding and community grants to partner organizations that provide direct services to assist with disaster recovery. Donations will stay in Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone counties. Visit the website or text 41444 to give.


  • American Red Cross – Hurricane Ida
    American Red Cross provides emergency disaster relief, including shelters, meals and snacks, health and mental health support, clean-up supplies and hygiene kits to communities affected by disasters. Pre-landfall, they began supporting 10 shelter operations and staging staff at parish Emergency Operation Centers, and they plan to support post-landfall sheltering and feeding as needed, including a mix of congregate and non-congregate shelters.
  • Americares – Hurricane Ida Response
    Americares Emergency Response team pre-deployed a response team to eastern Texas Saturday evening in advance of landfall. They have a vast network of partners in the region, many of whom are still recovering from multiple hurricane landfalls last year. The team has proactively reached out to over two dozen local and national partners in Louisiana, Mississippi and coastal Alabama who may be affected by the storm to offer support, and are currently plugging in to coordination cells, conducting mapping exercises and expanding reach.
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) – Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund
    The CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund focuses on medium- and long-term recovery from any storms that lead to significant damage. The fund will explore investing in all geographic areas affected by this season’s Atlantic hurricanes. This includes rebuilding homes and livelihoods, meeting the needs of more vulnerable populations, supporting mental health services and addressing other urgent challenges identified by the affected communities that arise as recovery efforts progress.
  • GlobalGiving – Hurricane Ida Relief Fund
    This disaster relief fund will support people impacted by Hurricane Ida in the form of emergency aid, such as food, water, medicine and shelter. Once immediate needs are met, this fund will provide long-term assistance as needed. As the path and severity of the storm shifts, so will GlobalGiving’s response to ensure help gets where it is most needed. All donations to this fund will exclusively support communities and first responders impacted by Hurricane Ida.
  • Good360 – Gulf Coast Hurricane Response
    Good360 takes a holistic approach to disaster recovery, starting with the impacted communities’ immediate needs (even during the evacuation stage) and committing to being there for the long term, always focused on delivering the correct goods to the right people at the right time. They are an excellent resource for corporate in-kind donations.

Hurricane Ida Response and Relief – Gulf Region Based

These nonprofit agencies are on the ground throughout the Gulf region, providing immediate response to affected communities, as well as preparing to provide support to those areas who have been impacted as they begin the long process of rebuilding and recovery.

  • Airlink – Hurricane Ida Response
    Airlink works with aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies of reputable non-governmental organizations responding to disasters. Airlink has already coordinated flights with United Airlines for Operation BBQ Relief to support feeding efforts in Louisiana.
  • All Hands and Hearts – Hurricane Ida Relief
    All Hands and Hearts stationed their Disaster Assessment Response Team (DART) in Beaumont, Texas, on August 27 in preparation for Hurricane Ida, with plans to move toward the impacted areas to assess the damage and response needs once the storm has cleared. They anticipate the initial needs to include chainsaw work, roof tarping, mucking and gutting, and mold sanitizing.
  • Cajun Navy Relief – Donations and Resources
    Founded in 2016, the group of volunteers has assisted in numerous rescue operations over land and water. They are on the ground in Louisiana supporting Hurricane Ida rescue efforts and providing basic supplies.
  • Catholic Charities of Acadiana – Disaster Response: Hurricane Ida
    Catholic Charities of Acadiana is deploying staff, assets, volunteer teams and other resources to directly support the most affected areas in South Louisiana.
  • Community Power Stations – Hurricane Ida Relief
    Community Power Stations are places to charge your devices while the power’s out. In the spirit of mutual aid, the stations are hosted on a volunteer basis by neighbors, organizations and businesses across the greater New Orleans area. Donations to their fundraiser will support the group’s Hurricane Ida relief and recovery work and help them prepare for the rest of hurricane season.
  • Culture Aid NOLA – Hurricane Ida Response
    Culture Aid provides no-barrier, free food distribution and information dissemination to New Orleans populations. They will also be supporting World Central Kitchen cooking in NOLA (and possibly helping in Lafayette), setting up multiple food distribution sites throughout the city and staffing the convention center for any evacuees.
  • Imagine Water Works – Hurricane Ida Relief and Recovery
    The Mutual Aid Response Network is a group of Louisiana residents, led by Imagine Water Works, that activates during floods, storms, and other natural and manmade disasters. All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida, as well as essential preparation for the rest of hurricane season.
  • New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity – Disaster Relief Fund
    New Orleans Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping residents rebuild and repair homes damaged by the storm.
  • Samaritan’s Purse – Helping After Hurricane Ida
    Samaritan’s Purse is working to help homeowners in need. The group has deployed staff members and three Disaster Relief Units—tractor trailers filled with equipment and supplies—along with other vehicles to hurricane-battered areas.
  • Save the Children – Hurricane Ida Children’s Relief Fund
    Save the Children’s emergency response team mobilized to meet the most urgent needs of children living in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Ida. They prepositioned critical supplies before the storm and stand ready to provide essential items to help families care for their children. Emergency response staff coordinate with national and state partners to assess immediate needs and collaborate with local education partners in Louisiana and Mississippi to help restore childcare and early learning centers affected by the storm.
  • SBP (formerly St. Bernard Project) – Hurricane Ida Response
    SBP, headquartered in New Orleans, has a Disaster Corps positioned to respond immediately to provide boots-on-the-ground recovery assistance. SBP seeks to rebuild homes quickly after disasters by mobilizing private sector innovations and assigning a single point of contact to make the home rebuilding process faster and more predictable.
  • Second Harvest of New Orleans and Acadiana – Hurricane Ida Relief
    Post-storm, Second Harvest provides numerous feeding programs and distributions to support impacted communities. Every $1 donated helps Second Harvest provide four meals to someone in need.
  • Team Rubicon  – Disaster Response Efforts
    Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. Activities will include route clearance, debris removal and clean-up in the immediate phase.
  • World Central Kitchen – Chef Relief Team
    By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of food trucks and emergency kitchens, WCK provides freshly made, nutritious meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. They prepare fresh meals, never pre-packaged, made with locally sourced proteins and vegetables. WCK was very active in New Orleans during COVID-19 and developed an extensive network of food-service relationships. They will begin with programs in Lafayette and NOLA.

Mutual Aid Funds

  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief –
    Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid and autonomous direct action. By working with, listening to and supporting impacted communities, especially their most vulnerable members, to lead their own recovery, the group strives to build long-term, sustainable and resilient communities. Mutual Aid Disaster Relief responds to disasters, educates about community organizing as disaster preparedness and collaborative neighborhood crisis response, collects and disseminates lessons learned in the field, and supports and provides a connective tissue between other grassroots groups doing response work.
  • Imagine Water Works –
    Imagine Water Works is a New Orleans place-based group with a global vision. Since 2012 they have helped lead local changes about how residents think about living with water, working in an intersection of reducing risk from flooding, pollution and natural hazards. Their core focus areas are climate justice, water management, and disaster readiness and response. The Mutual Aid Response Network is a group of Louisiana residents, led by Imagine Water Works, that activates during floods, storms and other natural and manmade disasters. All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida, as well as essential preparation for the rest of hurricane season.
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This article was published on: Sep 1, 2021