Flood victims are still in need of help from the public, as many struggle to resume life as usual just over a month after the historic flood. A number of large charitable organizations like Red Cross (American and Mexican), United Way and Catholic Charities are providing services and still accepting to donations to help victims replenish and rebuild as much and as quickly as possible.
For those close by, there a number of volunteer opportunities to help gut housing and additional clean up in the area, with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, and even some local churches. All of this is extremely important and would greatly benefit the people of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. Yet in this post, I want to highlight the efforts of organizations like Assess the Need, which are working to support children returning to school, and ensuring that the quality of education is not further hindered by the limited number of supplies.
15 schools in Livingston Parish were flooded during the August disaster. As a result, for the 28,000 students living in the area, school was delayed for more than three weeks. Finally, on September 12, students returned the classroom–well those that are opened. At least 6 are still in need of repairs.
Offering its help, Assess the Need is accepting donations of money and/or supplies to help these students (and teachers), many of whom have nothing left because of the flood damage.
Likewise, Ascension Parish Public Schools has established a fund to provide school supplies for the area’s 5,000 students whose homes and schools have been affected and are in need of repair.
To support the efforts of these organizations, visit their websites to find out more information or to make a tax deductible donation to a worthy cause.
If you’d like to donate supplies, here are a list of things that would be most helpful for children in elementary, middle and high schools:
- Glue sticks
- Loose-leaf paper