Greater New Orleans Foundation & Jefferson Community Foundation Announce $150,000 in New Grants for Hurricane Ida Long-Term Recovery

Jefferson Community Foundation provides matching funds of $75,000.

September 8, 2022

New Orleans, LA – On the anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Ida, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (Foundation) and Jefferson Community Foundation (JCF) announced $150,000 in long-term recovery grants to New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. The Greater New Orleans Foundation awarded $75,000 and the Jefferson Community Foundation, a supporting organization affiliated with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, provided matching funds for rebuilding in the town of Jean Lafitte in Jefferson Parish totaling $75,000.

“On the anniversary of both Hurricanes Ida and Katrina, the Greater New Orleans Foundation is thrilled to award an additional $75,000 grant to  New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, matched with a $75,000 grant from Jefferson Community Foundation in support of New Orleans Area Habitat’s recovery and rebuilding efforts” said Andy Kopplin, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “After Ida struck, we were proud to support New Orleans Habitat’s rebuilding program with an early grant of $75,000 and today’s announcement builds on that long term partnership and continues the Foundation’s commitment to long term recovery in the region.”

The grants will support New Orleans Area Habitat’s rebuilding work in the town of Jean Lafitte for residents whose homes were destroyed and want a new fortified home. In addition to providing funding for fortified home construction, the funds also support a program that will pay skilled under and unemployed Lafitte residents to work on Habitat’s rebuilding projects. The total investments being announced today by the Foundation and JCF total $150,000.

“The Jefferson Community Foundation is incredibly grateful for the rebuilding work New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity continues to provide to our community,”  said Christine T. Briede, Executive Director of the Jefferson Community Foundation. “This $75,000 matching grant will ensure more Jefferson Parish families can get back on their feet and in their homes after the devastation of Hurricane Ida. We look forward to continuing to partner with organizations like the Greater New Orleans Foundation and New Orleans Area  Habitat for Humanity as we work to make our parish whole again.”

“I want to thank our partners at the Greater New Orleans Foundation for their generous $75,000 grant and the Jefferson Community Foundation for their $75,000 matching grant to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity supporting their Hurricane Ida rebuilding efforts,” said Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. “Their long term commitment to disaster recovery for Jefferson Parish residents has helped provide much needed resources to the communities most impacted by the devastation. I look forward to strengthening the partnerships with our community foundations as we continue to rebuild from disasters.”

“New Orleans Habitat is extremely appreciative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Jefferson Community Foundation’s extreme generosity and support of our disaster recovery rebuilding efforts,” said Marguerite Oestreicher, Executive Director of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. “The road to recovery will be a long one, but Jefferson Parish residents are extremely resilient, and New Orleans Habitat is grateful to be able to continue to serve the needs of our communities with this donation.”

Previous Hurricane Ida Disaster Response & Restoration Fund grant making:
Leading up to and after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, the Greater New Orleans Foundation distributed over $5 million in Hurricane Ida Relief. Over 1,300 individual donors have contributed to the Disaster Response & Restoration Fund. 99 separate grants ranging from $10,000 – $1 million have been awarded to the following 87 organizations that provided emergency food and water; health services; assistance with road clearing in coordination with local governments; legal aid and technical assistance for residents working to navigate applications for assistance; support for mucking and gutting operations;  school support for children; cash assistance and diaper distribution:

504HealthNet Common Ground Relief Household of Faith Nola Tree Project St. Charles Council on Aging, Inc.
Acadiana Legal Services Crescent City Family Services Jefferson Community Foundation Northshore Food Bank Team Rubicon
All Hands and Hearts Culture Aid Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank Operation Restoration The Level Up Campaign
Bayou Community Foundation El Centro, Inc. Level Up Campaign Our Daily Bread The Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans
Bayou Country Animal Foundation El Pueblo NOLA – NOLA Village Louisiana Coastal Tribes Coalition  Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation Together Louisiana
Bayou District Foundation Emergency Legal Responders Louisiana Policy Institute for Children/Agenda for Children Project Hope Together New Orleans
Bayouland YMCA Epworth Project/Northshore Disaster Recovery Luke’s House Clinic Rebuilding Together New Orleans Training Grounds
Bless Your Heart Familias Unidas En Acción Market Umbrella Crescent Fund American Red Cross of Louisiana  Uncommon Construction
Blessed to be a Blessing International Ministries  Feeding Louisiana Maroon Rice and Beans Ministry United Houma Nation
Bogalusa Help Center, Inc. Fletcher Technical Community College  Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation  Rooted School United Way of St. John Parish
Boys Town Louisiana Forward Together New Orleans Matthew 25:35 Ministry (Food Pantry) Samaritan’s Purse United Way of St. Charles
Broadmoor Improvement Association Friends of Grand Isle Mount Calvary Church

Sankofa Community Development Corporation

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Giving Hope Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans Saul’s Light  World Central Kitchen
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma Habitat for Humanity NAMI New Orleans Saving Our Urban Landscape YMCA of Greater New Orleans 
Catholic Community Center of Galiano Hache Grants Association NAMI St. Tammany St. Bernard Project
Circle of HOPE, Inc. HandsOn New Orleans New Wine Christian Fellowship Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast Louisiana 
Coastal Communities Consulting The Helio Foundation Next to Eat  Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Committee for a Better New Orleans House of Tulip Nicholls State University Hurricane Relief Fund Southern Mutual Help Association


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