Hurricane Help

    09.08.20 | Articles by Kristen Wheeler

    Volunteer opportunities and a ministry of prayer

    Prayerful Action
    We believe strongly in the power of prayerful action. We invite you to a ministry of prayer. The following are just a few ways that prayer can lead you to action for the victims of hurricane Laura.
    The City of New Orleans needs volunteers to assist at the Evacuee Resource Center, daily Monday-Friday, starting tomorrow. Help is needed in sorting donations and distributing them to evacuees! Please email   
    Connie Uddo with the NOLA Tree Project is also coordinating volunteers for the shelters, you can contact her at (504)415-8434
    United Way: Items being sought for donations include soap, hand sanitizer, masks, lotion, powder, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, brushes, combs, cotton swabs, chapstick, small children’s toys, and feminine hygiene products. These items can be dropped off at the United Way, 2515 Canal St., Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Junior League: Items being sought for donations include clean, new or gently-used clothing (men's, women's, children) and new socks and underwear. These items can be dropped off at the Junior League, 4319 Carondelet St., Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Second Harvest Food Bank: Items include non-perishable food items and cleaning products. Items can be 700 Edwards Ave, New Orleans.
    Louisiana Right to Life: Louisiana Right to Life is gathering donations of needed baby items for those in the Lake Charles area who have been impacted by Hurricane Laura. Please help us help babies and families in Lake Charles! CLICK HERE
    Episcopal Relief & Development
    Please consider giving today to the Episcopal Relief & Development's Hurricane Relief Fund and help our partners and dioceses reach vulnerable communities devastated by Hurricane Laura and other Gulf Coast storms. As we continue to assess ongoing needs in impacted areas, your urgent gift will enable us to respond now — and in the long run to aid in recovery.


    Message from Bishop Thompson
    Hurricane Laura Assistance
    To my brothers and sisters in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana,
    I am grateful to God for our safety as well as your eagerness to respond to those in need. As I hear from our neighbors to the west, wind damage is far greater than the anticipated storm surge. In this early stage of need, the quickest and most impactful response is to send money. The infrastructure on the ground cannot support volunteers at this time. Monetary donations can be sent to our diocesan office or Episcopal Relief and Development for direct disbursement. Gift cards should be sent to the Diocese of Western Louisiana or donations through their online link listed below. Supporting the needs of our neighbors through monetary donations ensures their ability to respond effectively.
    The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
    1623 Seventh Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Episcopal Relief and Development
    P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058
    The Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana
    PO Box 4330, Pineville, LA 71361
    I ask that you continue to pray for the safety and strength of those affected at this time. We are a people of hope and we must never forget that. 
    May God protect those in harms way and bring them to safety. 
    The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
    Bishop of Louisiana