BR Foundation grants $50,000 to Lake Charles for Harvey Relief

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has granted $50,000 to its affiliate in Lake Charles and is continuing to ask for contributions to the recovery of Southwest Louisiana and East Texas.

Together, BRAF and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana have been raising money for storm-damaged cities of Southwest Louisiana and East Texas, which are being overlooked because the media is covering the bigger story in Houston.

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“People in smaller cities and towns of Louisiana and East Texas went underwater when Hurricane Harvey brought days of rain to our area,” said Sara Judson, CEO and president of the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana. “Hundreds of people are without homes in the Lake Charles area, and most them don’t have the resources to recover without help. Nearby Beaumont still has more than 2,000 flooded homes.”

Foundation SWLA is positioned to make grants quickly to local nonprofits that are providing immediate relief. The nonprofit is a community foundation, among more than 700 countrywide at the center of philanthropic giving in their service areas. Unlike national organizations, community foundations have the flexibility to make sure that the money is spent in the cities they serve, and the knowledge of nonprofits to produce the greatest return for contributions.

“The people of Lake Charles are grateful for this gift from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. We have an amazing community and, after this storm, what residents need most is to get back in their homes, said Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. “If you want to help people in Southwest Louisiana, we can help them best with a donation to a local organization like the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana or United Way. I encourage businesses and people who live here and love our area to contribute locally.”

Foundation SWLA started its recovery work by checking out shelters to make sure they were adequately supplied and staffed, then began raising money and assessing the needs of nonprofits that were depleting their resources to make grants. 


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