VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) will run an operation to collect items for survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has been in contact with Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Rossello, to pledge support from Louisiana. Items purchased from the Amazon Wish List will be shipped to drop off center at the Salvation Army. The National Guard will arrange the pickups for shipment to Puerto Rico. We are ONLY accepting the items request by the Governor of Puerto Rico.
DROP OFF LOCATION: The Salvation Army 200 E. Stoner Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101
DROP OFF DATES AND HOURS OF OPERATION: September 29th to October 11th, Monday through Saturday ONLY, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
ITEMS MUST BE NEW, UNOPENED, UNEXPIRED, AND IN THE ORIGINAL PACKAGING
For volunteer opportunities in South Louisiana, go to Volunteer Louisiana.
Monetary Donations: Do you want to donate to help evacuees locally and in Texas? The Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund is set up to only grant money to verified organizations aiding in Hurricane Relief. No grant will be given to individuals.
VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) was tasked with coordinating the volunteer and other needs for Hurricane Harvey evacuees staying in our Shreveport shelter. Due to the generosity of our community, we have met the need! VOAD will no longer be taking donations at the VOAD Drop Off Center at MJ Moore Gym, 6660 Quilen Rd. in Shreveport. We are so grateful to all of the volunteers that supported us in the shelter. Thank you to the many community partners that answered the call and provided for the additional needs of the evacuees. We as a community are truly blessed to have this outpouring of support. We will continue to post evacuee and volunteer needs as requested by the Shelter on the LINCC website at www.lincc.us.
Needs: Please review this document from our friends at the American Red Cross on the best way to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. (Hint: the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation to a reputable organization of your choice working in disaster relief.)
The American Red Cross Shelter has closed.
If you have any individuals, groups, businesses or churches that would like to help with disaster aid, we would appreciate you letting the community know we have setup a community wide Food Drive. Non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, household items, and toiletries (diapers too) can be donated at any Brookshire’s, Super 1, Ivan Smith Furniture Stores and the Minden Chamber of Commerce. These drop off locations are across the Ark-La-Tex not just Shreveport and Bossier. We will gather the items to be sent to the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont. We are also in need of monetary donations to help with the transportation costs to Beaumont. In the past, our transportation cost have been between $650 and $1000 to southeast Texas. The Food Bank is sending full truckloads (22 pallets) of bottled water and MRE’s starting next week. Financial donations will allow us to transport more goods into Beaumont.
If you have specific needs that are not listed, you can search this LINCC website for nonprofits that may address your specific needs.
1. Go to the LINCC home page and enter your need in Search the Community. You will then be able to narrow your search by parish, city or zipcode as well as organization.
2. If you would like to see if your specific need can be found in your neighborhood, go to the Maps, Data, & Organization page. Enter your address under "Choose A Location." Under "Find Community Resources", click on programs only and then choose the drop down box that may have your specific need. If you are looking for Food programs, thrift stores, or family counseling, then you will need to click on Human Services.
Information to assist in an emergency such as Emergency Apps, can be found on the LINCC Emergency Preparedness Page.