Calling all Volunteers: Let’s Lend a Hand in Baton Rouge!
By Green Coast on 17 Aug 2016
We have watched with anguish and heartbreak as tens of thousands of our fellow Louisianans were forced from their homes last weekend. In communities across the North Shore and Southern Louisiana, rain kept falling at record levels, and the natural and engineered systems for managing stormwater were overwhelmed. Roadways, buildings, neighborhoods were covered in water, and today more than 40,000 residents are displaced, at least 8 people are dead, and our state is in the midst of the largest national disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
In New Orleans, we remember what it is like to have everything covered in water. Your home, your neighborhood, your work, your kids’ school, all the places where you have made your life and your memories. And we also remember the volunteers who came to our aid to see how they could help. Many of those people were from right here in Louisiana, from some of the same communities now in need.
In recognition of this, Green Coast will be closing our offices on Tuesday August 23rd, and headed to Baton Rouge to work in support of flood survivors. We are coordinating our efforts with First Grace United Methodist Church in New Orleans.* We will meet at 8:30 am at First Grace (corner of Canal and Jefferson Davis Parkway in Mid-City New Orleans) to caravan to Baton Rouge on the 23rd. We will return late that afternoon, likely around 6*. In the interim, Pastor Shawn Anglim from First Grace will coordinate work opportunities with other pastors in Baton Rouge. We recognize that this is a small thing in the face of so much flooding, but we firmly believe that by each of us doing our small part, we will help restore this great state to even better than it was before.
Thank you and God Bless our state and especially the people harmed by this storm.
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