NEW ORLEANS — Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans, in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), will donate an additional $130,000 in grants through the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund to community organizations that are helping those affected by the recent major flooding in Louisiana. On August 15, 2016, Mayor Landrieu reactivated the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund for New Orleanians to contribute to early recovery efforts following major flooding that started in early August in most of northern Louisiana and parts of southern Louisiana.
“The people of New Orleans know what it’s like to suffer through a disaster and we will never forget those who helped us when we needed it most,” Mayor Landrieu said. “Through this donation, we hope to pay it forward to other communities that are starting to recover and rebuild. We are grateful to those who generously contributed to the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund. But there is more work to do and we ask our residents to continue helping our neighbors affected by this devastating event. I am grateful for SBP and other organizations that are brining people and resources together to make a difference.”
“We’re so grateful to people from all over the United States who are responding to our crisis,” said Martha Landrum, vice president of marketing and communications at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Their generosity is making these rapid response grants possible.”
Through the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund, more than 10 community organizations will receive grants supporting relief, rebuilding, small and disadvantaged businesses, health and education, and faith-based organizations.
The City and GNOF will play a continuous role in supporting the long-term recovery needs of the communities affected by the major flooding. Subsequent rounds of funding will be used to fund organizations that are mobilizing volunteers and resources to assist in rebuilding efforts and grassroots organizations driving community rebuilding in the affected parishes.
NOLA Pay It Forward Fund
Mayor Landrieu launched the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund in May 2011 to contribute to recovery efforts following the Mississippi River flooding disaster. It was also activated in 2012 in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to support recovery efforts in the northeast and in May 2013 following catastrophic tornadoes in Oklahoma. In August 2016, the City of New Orleans, in partnership with GNOF, donated $40,000 in grants through the Fund to four community organizations helping those affected by the recent major flooding in Louisiana. The fund is housed with the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
Those interested in donating to the fund can go online to www.gnof.org/NOLApayitforward. Donors can also contact Allie Betts, donor relations manager at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, at 504-598-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Landrieu, Coalition of Organizations and Nonprofits to Kickoff Rebuilding in South Louisiana
Today, a group of Louisiana organizations and nonprofits have joined forces to form a coalition to pool resources in order to help flood-impacted homeowners in South Louisiana finish gutting their homes and begin rebuilding. Mayor Landrieu will participate as a volunteer, encouraging New Orleanians to lean forward.
The group, convened by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is comprised of, SBP; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge; Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge; Together Baton Rouge; Hope Ministries; AARP; Mid-City Redevelopment, Presbytery of South Louisiana and AmeriCorps.
The collaboration will kickoff today as the group begins to rebuild the damaged home of a disabled Vietnam Veteran and his wife in Central, Louisiana.