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How to Help: Volunteering, donation needs

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The need for help from the public is continuing to grow. Below are ways in which you can help flood victims. 

DONATION DROP OFF LOCATIONS: 

The following locations will take clothing donations: 

FAMILY ROAD OF GREATER BATON ROUGE: Financial donations can be made at www.familyroadgbr.org. We are open to taking all applications including DSNAP, Medicaid, and ACA. For more information, you can call us at (225) 201-8888. Donations can be dropped off at 323 East Airport Ave. Items they need include: 

  • Women's clothes, infant/toddler clothes 0-3T (slightly used clothes will be accepted)
  • Formula, diapers, baby food, infant wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • New car seats, new cribs and new pack-n-plays
  • Towels and pillows

The following locations WILL NOT take clothing donations: 

CHRIST'S COMMUNITY CHURCH: The church is located at 26574 Juban Rd., Denham Springs. They are taking donations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call (225) 791-9333.  

DISASTER WAREHOUSE: A multi-agency warehouse where volunteers can sort and store much-needed donations and supplies to support recovery efforts across the state.The warehouse is being operated as a partnership between the state and Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). It is located at 9550 Dawnadele Ave. For more information call (225) 800-2227. Hours are weekday is 9-4, Saturday and Sunday open 9-12.

  • Items always needed include: Canned or non-perishable food, sports drinks, personal care items, work gloves, disposable baby diapers, baby food/formula, can openers (manual), plastic ware, paper products, blankets, disposable adult diapers, cleaning supplies, dust masks, heavy rubber kitchen gloves, flashlights and fresh batteries, non-sterile surgical gloves, mops, brooms, shovels, hand tools, kitchen items (such as new sets of pots and pans/cooking utensils). 
  • All truckloads of donations must be coordinated at least 24 hours in advance of arrival.
  • How to pack materials: Pack materials in cardboard cartons. Fill each carton with the same kind of item; mark it clearly with a large marker or other method, such as large paper labels. Organize canned goods by type. Use cartons of small to medium sizes so they are manageable. Maximum weight should not exceed 30 pounds. Be careful not to overfill cartons. Pack cartons in trucks so they will not be easily crushed in transit. Palletized, shrink-wrapped loads are preferred.

DUTCH PHYSICAL THERAPY: Now collecting donations for the Salvation Army at their Baton Rouge locations. For more information you can call (225) 927-3000.

  • 5627 Bankers Ave Bldg 1 Baton Rouge, LA 70808
  • 10343 Siegen Lane 3A Baton Rouge, LA 70810

CACRC: The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Center is asking for donations of electronics that will then be discounted for flood victims. They are also in need of volunteer help. For more information about CACRC, click here or call (225) 379-3577. The center is located at 1400 Main Street.   

DENICOLA'S: The store is only collecting donations of furniture. The store is located at 2152 North Foster Dr. They are only taking donations on Saturday's from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Flood victims who wish to collect a donation must send an email to brfloodfurniture@gmail.com. 

      FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: They are taking all donations with the exception of clothing (unless it is new socks and underwear). The church is located at 6781 La. Hwy. 1 S. Addis. For more information call (225) 749-3756

      HEALING PLACE CHURCH: They are taking donations at three locations and are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

      • 19202 Highland Rd. BR 70807
      • 999 Dunn Dr. Denham Springs
      • 4829 Winbourne Ave. BR 70805

      HEBRON BAPTIST CHURCH: The church is located at 24063 La Hwy 16, Denham Springs. They ask that you please call in advance before dropping off, (225) 665-6278. They are currently in phase two for distribution, which includes collecting times necessary for flood victims to return to their home. For more information about the church and its operation, click here. They have specific need for the following items: 

      • Paint
      • Sheetrock (call to set up appointment for donation drop off)
      • Tools
      • New items for the home (sheets, pillows, coffee pots, microwaves, etc)

      IBERVILLE COMMUNITY DISASTER RELIEF: They are taking all donations with the exception of clothing. They are located at 24915 Hwy 1, South Plaquemine. They are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (225) 687-4159. They are in particular need of the following items: 

      • Brooms/mops/dust pans
      • Laundry soap
      • Pillows
      • Towels
      • Comet/disinfectant

      NEW HARMONY BAPTIST CHURCH: They are taking all donations at 7340 Antioch Rd., Baton Rouge. Specific needs include non perishable food items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby clothes, and diapers/formula. For more information call (225) 753-5319.

      RIVER OAKS BAPTIST CHURCH: Located at 14949 Old Hammond Hwy. They are only taking food donations at this time. Donations can be dropped off in the morning beginning around 10 a.m. For further information call Dedria Givens-Carroll at (225) 202-8588.

      SOUTH WALKER BAPTIST CHURCH: They are taking donations of cleaning supplies. They will not take clothing donations. The church is located at 13719 Hammack Rd., Denham Springs. For more information call (225) 665-0463.  

      ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Items can be dropped off at the main charitable campus at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place or at the Essential Needs Distribution Center at 1466 North St. They currently needs the following items:

      Stores/Distribution:

      • School Uniforms
      • Cleaning Supplies
      • Belts, Shoes, Socks, New Underwear (All Sizes)
      • Towels, Sheets, Blankets
      • Pots, Pans, Dishes, Dinnerware (Forks and Knives)
      • Plastic Kitchen Glasses 
      • Paper Plate, Paper towels
      • Toilet Paper

      Dining Room:

      • Drinks (canned/bottles/pouches), Sweetened Drink Mix
      • Chips
      • Cookies
      • Spaghetti
      • Rice
      • Dry beans (all types)
      • Sugar, Granulated garlic, TonyChachere's
      • Canned vegetables - peas/corn/green beans/mixed vegetables
      • Tomato sauce, Tomato paste
      • Flour
      • Instant Potatoes
      • Bar-b-que sauce
      • Cheese - American

      Pharmacy

      • Diabetes strips
      • Glucose meters

      STAR HILL CHURCH: The church is taking donations with the exception of clothing. They are specifically asking for diapers, pull-ups, wipes, formula and men's underwear (new only). The church is located at 1400 North Foster Dr.. They are taking donations Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (225) 925-3133.

      SCHOOL SUPPLIES: 

      ASCENSION PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS: A Flood Recovery Fund for Ascension Public Schools has been established by the non-profit partner, The Ascension Fund, to help impacted schools recover from the 2016 flood. Those wishing to contribute monetary donations to assist the school district can donate online at https://mkt.com/the-ascension-fund

      Out of the district's 27 schools, the campuses that need remediation from flood waters are Galvez Middle, Galvez Primary, Lake Elementary, St. Amant Primary and St. Amant High schools. Combined, they enroll about 5,000 students. For more information, visit www.ascensionfund.com or www.apsb.org. 

      ASSESS THE NEED: Livingston Parish’s school supply drive program is now taking donations for school supplies. Go online to www.assesstheneed.com to make a donation. All donations are tax deductible. All donations should be made online or checks can be mailed to Assess the Need, P. O. Box 1802, Denham Springs, LA 70727. 

      BAKER CITY HALL: Donations are being accepted at the Baker City Hall. In particular they are in the greatest need of school supplies and school uniforms for all ages and all sizes. The Baker uniform is a red shirt and khaki pants in every size. They are in need of about 300 uniforms based on requests that have been made. Also, they are in need of book bags and regular supplies such as paper, pencils, tablets, etc. They are also taking other donations such as food, water, non-perishable food items. All those who are looking to volunteer, and contractors looking to work in the city can go to Baker City Hall to register. Anyone who still needs help should call (225) 778-0300 so that they can be placed on a list of those needing assistance. Donations can be dropped off at 3325 Groom Rd.

      GAP: They are taking school uniform donations at its Towne Center location, 7455 Corporate Blvd. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

      GLEN OAKS PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GOPES): Is asking for the public's help in donating supplies to their students. The following school supplies can be delivered to GOPES temporary school site located at North Banks Elementary, 2400 72nd Avenue in Baton Rouge (view map). Donations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 between the hours of  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

      • Marble Composition Notebooks
      • Copy Paper
      • Pencils
      • Blue Ink Pens
      • Scissors
      • Glue Sticks
      • Construction Paper
      • Binders
      • Spiral Notebooks
      • Loose Leaf Paper
      • Highlighters
      • Sticky Notes

      GOPES recently raised funds and purchased 200 Chrome Books for technology-based learning; however, the devices were all lost in the flooding. Donations are sought to rebuild the school's technology infrastructure. Please click here to dedicate a monetary contribution to: "GOPES Get Back Online."

      TEAM COMEBACK KIDS: Is hosting a school supply drive. They are asking for volunteers to help distribute items. To learn more about how you can help or receive help, visit www.teamcomeback.org.

      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

      Volunteer and donation opportunities are available at volunteerlouisiana.gov. You may email 2016FloodDonations@gmail.com to coordinate donations.

      BAKER CITY HALL: Donations are being accepted at the Baker City Hall. In particular they are in the greatest need of school supplies and school uniforms for all ages and all sizes. The Baker uniform is a red shirt and khaki pants in every size. They are in need of about 300 uniforms based on requests that have been made. Also, they are in need of book bags and regular supplies such as paper, pencils, tablets, etc. They are also taking other donations such as food, water, non-perishable food items. All those who are looking to volunteer, and contractors looking to work in the city can go to Baker City Hall to register. Anyone who still needs help should call (225) 778-0300 so that they can be placed on a list of those needing assistance. Donations can be dropped off at 3325 Groom Rd. 

      BETHANY CHURCH: They are in need of volunteers to help clean and gut homes. Those who wish to volunteer are asked to go to 13865 Plank Rd., Baker. For more information call (225) 247-2890 or visit online at Bethany.com/flood.

      CORTANA MALL: The Salvation Army is asking for volunteers to help in its Distribution Center at Cortana Mall.  Any time given is greatly appreciated and much needed. Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and volunteers should ask for Susan.

      DENHAM SPRINGS: A final round of volunteers is needed to clean up the remaining 82 flooded homes in Denham Springs. Operation Blessing still has 82 work order requests remaining from residents who need to get the contents of their homes removed, the moldy sheetrock and insulation out so they can begin to rebuild their homes. To help these 82 remaining families, Operation Blessing is making one final push over the next two weeks and has put out another call for volunteers to make this possible. Volunteers are needed to clear away flooded debris, help sort through and salvage belongings, and to tear out soggy sheetrock and flooring to prepare a home for rebuilding. The following is information for anyone who wishes to volunteer: 

      • Monday-Saturday, for the next several weeks.
      • 8:00 a.m. for registration, orientation at 8:30 a.m.
      • Healing Place Church, 569 Florida Ave. SW, Denham Springs. Look for Operation Blessing Command Trailers. Operation Blessing will provide lunch and tools, volunteers must be dressed for fieldwork and provide their own transportation to/from the work sites.
      • For more information on how to volunteer, please call the OB Volunteer Hotline: 757-374-0944.

        DNC: If you’d like to send supplies or create care packages, the following items are needed: batteries, diapers, wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet tissue, bar soap, bottled water, travel size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, non-perishable foods (ramen, etc.), blankets, flashlights, and first aid kits. You can send care packages to: YMCA AC LEWIS, 350 S Foster Dr., Baton Rouge, La 70806.

        FIRST METHODIST CHURCH: Volunteers are needed to help gut and clean houses. For more information call (225) 383-4777 or visit online at Firstmethodist.org/flood. Those who wish to help can go to the America Street Conference Center at 8:30 a.m. and are asked to bring the following:

        • work gloves
        • a hammer
        • a crowbar or wonderbar
        • garden/contractor/trash bags
        • a water bottle
        • a lunch

        FOR PHYSICIANS/NURSES WANTING TO VOLUNTEER: The Medical Director of The Spine Hospital of Louisiana Sleep Center, Dr. David Thomas, is leading operations at Celtic Studios. Any physicians or medical professionals wanting to volunteer should sign up here.

        GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging anyone available to volunteer to help clean and muck out homes with flood damage. If you are able to help with this process, please contact www.volunteerlouisiana.gov. Any organization or church group is also encouraged to sign up. Tens of thousands of homes across the region have been impacted by the floods. Families need this type of support in order to continue the massive recovery process. The volunteer support in Louisiana has been tremendous. We need to continue this effort to help our neighbors during their time of need.

        GREATER BATON ROUGE FOOD BANK: The Emergency Food Distribution Organization for the Greater Baton Rouge area, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, was temporarily sidelined from its mission by 4 feet of flood water in their facility. The Food Bank is now back to fulfilling its mission to feed those in need. Potential emergency distribution partners should visit our website at www.brfoodbank.org and click on the sign up link to request a site visit to get started.

        LIVINGSTON PARISH: Volunteers are needed in Livingston Parish to gut homes and make repairs. If you'd like to volunteer, call (225) 439-3939. Please bring any supplies you have to assist with this effort. 

            LOUISIANA STATE ANIMAL RESPONSE TEAM (LSART): The shelters are located at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. and at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La. If you would like to know how you can help, or if you need information related to how the flooding has affected animals, please go to www.lsu.edu/vetmed/disaster_preparedness/flooding.php.   

            OPERATION BLESSING INTERNATIONAL: Operation Blessing will be accepting volunteers daily (Monday–Saturday) at 8 a.m. at the Denham Springs campus of Healing Place Church (569 Florida Ave SW). Orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, dress appropriately for work in the field, and also provide their own transportation to and from the work site. Operation Blessing will provide lunch, work assignments, management, and tools. For more information on how to volunteer, please call the OB Volunteer Hotline: 757-374-0944.

            • VOLUNTEER HOUSING: A limited amount of volunteer housing will be made available soon. Volunteers that need lodging must register 24-48 hours in advance. Please contact National Volunteer Manager, Kerry Dodson, to register for lodging at 757-226-3407 or via email at volunteer@OB.org.

            RED CROSS: Those wanting to volunteer can register at redcross.org/louisiana (click on Volunteer on right side). You can also call 855-489-2528 or sign up online at volunteerlouisiana.gov

            SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is in need of volunteers. If you or your organization/business is interested in volunteering to help support those affected by the Gulf Coast Flood of 2016, please send an email to safloodvolunteer@gmail.com or come to the Distribution Warehouse at Cortana Mall located at 9401 Cortana Place, Baton Rouge, LA and request a Volunteer Registration Form. 

            VINEYARD CHURCH: Volunteer work crews from The Vineyard Church Mercy Response at 16761 Tiger Bend Road in Baton Rouge continue to gut flooded homes and provide relief to those impacted. If you'd like to volunteer, then visit http://vineyardmercyresponse.org

                PROPERTY OWNERS: 

                If you own a multi-family dwelling that needs repairs and are willing to lease to eligible FEMA applicants, then you may be interested in the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (MLRP). This FEMA program provides funds to make rental units habitable again, and at the same time helps survivors of the severe August storms and floods.

                Here’s how it works: After you and FEMA agree on the work that needs to be done and the associated costs, you may choose your own contractor and start the repairs. The repairs or improvements do not need to be storm- or flood-related. The value of the work will be deducted from the value of the lease agreement, but may not exceed its total value.

                To qualify for MLRP funds your property must meet certain criteria. First, it must have five or more units to qualify as a multi-family dwelling. Second, it must have been previously used as a rental unit. And third, it must be located in one of the following parishes: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, or West Feliciana.

                In addition, the property must be accessible to community services like schools and grocery stores, and not be located in a flood-prone area. FEMA will require a lease of exclusive use of the property as temporary housing for a period of at least 18 months. The property owner must provide all property management services, and repairs must comply with local building codes, standards, permitting, inspection requirements and other laws.

                Contact the Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program at (225) 382-1464 or email fema-ia-dhops@fema.dhs.gov if you are a property owner interested in having your rental property repaired and assisting disaster survivors.

                BLOOD DONATIONS: 

                UNITED BLOOD SERVICES: United Blood Services is calling on available area residents to help restore the blood supply. Cancelled mobile blood drives and donor center closures throughout the state have resulted in over 380 lost blood products, and that number will continue to grow. Their Baton Rouge donor center is located at 8234 One Calais, the service road at I-10 and Essen. Call or contact for their hours.

                Those who wish to donate may call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or visit www.bloodhero.com to make an appointment to give.

                Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at www.UnitedBloodServices.org.

                Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

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