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Where to volunteer in Louisiana this weekend (Aug. 26-28)

4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 August 26, 2016 10:13 AM in News
Source: WWL-TV
By: WWL-TV
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BATON ROUGE - There's still plenty of work to be done in Louisiana after historic flooding destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. A large portion of that will be done by volunteers.

If you can spare the time, please consider the following volunteer opportunities this weekend.

LOOKING TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY?

  • SAMARITAN’S PURSE
    • Samaritan’s Purse is accepting volunteers to assist with debris removal and mudouts until Oct. 29.
    • Volunteers can register online as a day volunteer or fill out a waive at the base location. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation/safety briefing for their first time volunteering.
  • UNITED WAY OF ACADIANA
    • Volunteers are being placed in Lafayette and St. Landry Parishes through the United Way of Acadiana Volunteer Center. Opportunities are available for warehouse volunteers until Sept. 6 and indefinitely for volunteers to help remove debris from homes and neighborhoods.
    • To register to help remove debris, call Aaron Williams at 337-706-1192 or reach him by email at Aaron.Williams@Unitedwayofacadiana.org
    • For other opportunities, including office and clerical work, contact Deidra Lewis at 337-706-1226.
  • UNITED SAINTS RECOVERY PROJECT
    • The United Saints Recovery Project is accepting volunteers to gut flooded homes. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals are welcome, groups are encouraged. Housing is available for out-of-town volunteers.
    • To get involved, contact the United Saints Recovery Project at 504-233-8883 or Volunteer@UnitedSaints.org
  • HELP CLEAN OUT HOUSES IN ASCENSION PARISH
    • The Volunteer Reception Center in the Lamar Dixon Expo Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers interested in mucking and gutting houses can register in person and be assigned immediately.                                 9039 South St. Landry Avenue, Gonzales, La. 70737
  • REACH OUT WORLDWIDE
    • Reach out Worldwide is looking for 10-to-15 volunteers daily to help much out and gut flooded homes. All tools will be provided. Crews depart the Eastside Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. each morning.
    • Contact Mike Buresh for more information: 859-408-1073
  • NECHAMA
  • EVACUTEERS

CAN YOU COOK?

  • OPERATION BBQ RELIEF
    • Operation BBQ Relief needs volunteers Tuesday through Friday in Hammond to help serve 100k meals each week. Volunteers must be 16-and-up and all volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
    • Volunteer nurses and medical students are welcome as well for heat-related care.
    • To sign up, text OBR to 51555 or email questions to VOL@OperationBBQRelief.org

SUPPORT THE SHELTERS        

  • RED CROSS
  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES
    • Catholic Charities is receiving donations daily to be distributed to those affected by the flood. Anyone who can help distribute these donations should visit their website.
    • Additionally, Catolic Charities is in need of shelter volunteers. For more information, visit their website here.
  • LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
    • If you are a medical professional, register at www.DHH.LAVA.gov in order to have malpractice insurance as a volunteer.
    • Next, register to volunteer on their website.

HAVE A SPECIAL CONNECTION WITH ANIMALS?

  • THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF LOUISIANA NEEDS DRIVERS
    • The Humane Society of Louisiana is looking for volunteer transport drivers with trucks and vans to help transport supplies and animals around the region.
    • If you can help, please email info@HumaneLA.org with TRUCK/TRANSPORT in the subject line.
  • SEVERAL ANIMALS NEED FOREVER AND FOSTER HOMES
    • Adoptable animals from several parishes were transported to The Louisiana SPCA for adoption during the flood.
    • Visit www.LA-SPCA.org/adopt to see some of the animals you could help

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

  • VOLUNTEER ASCENSION
  • LSU STUDENTS
    • LSU Students can register to volunteer through their MyLSU account.

If you know of a location in need of volunteers, send us an email at news@wbrz.com and we can add it.

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