Late at night on Sunday August 29th, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. All of New Orleans is without power and an estimated one million people across Louisiana and Missouri are without power. The good news is that no matter how far you are from the areas hit by Hurricane Ida, you can still help those impacted by the storm.
If you want to contribute to Ida relief organizations efforts, here are some options for you:
Support the First Responders
Some major nonprofits are already on the ground offering their help, and many others are preparing to offer relief. UNICEF USA is collecting donations to aid their partners on the ground in Louisiana. You can learn more about their work and make a gift here. The Red Cross is already in Louisiana providing shelter, food, and emergency supplies to those displaced by the hurricane. To donate to those recovering from Hurricane Ida through the Red Cross online, follow this link.
Find the Helpers
Supporting nonprofits in their hurricane relief efforts helps tremendously with the relief effort. However, donors should take the time to make sure their support goes to legitimate relief organizations. Verify that the nonprofit you’re giving to is legitimate and trustworthy by searching for them on sites like Charity Navigator, GuideStar, or TEOS (tax-exempt organization search).
No matter how devastating a storm is, there are always people waiting to help. If you want to support a smaller nonprofit, here are some great options.
- American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) exists to provide supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations and other nonprofits. With their logistics expertise, ALAN solves pressing supply chain challenges immediately after disasters strike—ensuring help arrives as fast as possible. You can donate to their work here.
- Greater New Orleans Foundation is a philanthropic organization that connects donors to causes that transform New Orleans. The Greater New Orleans Foundation is currently accepting donations to their Disaster Response and Restoration Fund in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Donations will support urgent recovery efforts and allow the Foundation to deploy significant resources to local nonprofit partners leading disaster response on the ground. Learn more and donate here.
- Americares has a long history of proving disaster relief in the wake of hurricanes—they’ve helped after Hurricane Katrina, Harvey, Laura, and others. The organization is currently accepting donations to provide medical care and aid to those impacted. You can donate here.
- Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. Team Rubicon is readying early response teams and staging resources to respond following Hurricane Ida’s landfall. You can make a gift to Team Rubicon’s Ready Reserve Fund here.
- Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey exists to help Jews in New Jersey and around the world. Part of their work is supporting vulnerable communities that are at risk. As a collective, Federations are in Louisiana and Missouri, delivering emergency relief support to all those who have suffered most from the damage. You can donate to their relief fund here.
- Rotary 6840 is located within the direct line of Hurricane Ida, southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi. The organization is currently accepting donations for a relief fund that will be used to assist other local nonprofits . You can learn more and donate here.
Keep an Eye on This Page for Updates
As more and more nonprofits mobilize to send relief, supplies, and aid to those affected, we’ll update this list.