In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation provided a $50,000 discretionary grant to the Foundation for Louisiana. The funding will be used to help individuals and families recover from Hurricane Ida. Our donors have also provided grants to various organizations conducting disaster relief efforts in Louisiana and in support of Afghan refugee resettlement assistance. Interested donors can learn more by visiting these organizations listed below. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation always appreciates the generosity of our donors, especially during critical times like these for families near and far.

Funding Opportunities: Hurricane Ida Relief

Greater New Orleans Foundation 

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has activated the Disaster Response and Restoration Fund. Your contribution will support immediate and urgent recovery efforts in our region and allows the Foundation to deploy significant resources to our local nonprofit partners leading disaster response on the ground. The Foundation, and our greater New Orleans region, are tremendously thankful for your support. 

Donors can make a gift to this fund by indicating “Hurricane Ida” in the grant recommendation. For more information, you can check it out here.

Northshore Community Foundation 

Hurricane Ida’s lashing winds toppled buildings, cut power to hospitals and caused widespread flooding across the Northshore. Relief organizations in Louisiana are pretty good at taking care of our people. Once in a while, though, storms like Hurricane Ida stretch their resources.

Your contribution to the Northshore Emergency Relief Fund will help many organizations provide water and food, medicines and shelter to people across South Louisiana. 

Baton Rouge Area Foundation 

Hurricane Ida’s lashing winds toppled buildings, cut power to hospitals and caused widespread flooding across South Louisiana. Relief organizations in Louisiana are pretty good at taking care of our people. Once in a while, though, storms like Hurricane Ida stretch their resources.

Your one contribution to the Foundation's Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund will help many organizations provide water and food, medicines and shelter to people across South Louisiana. 

Foundation for Louisiana 

On August 29th, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana, devastating both coastal and inland communities. Ida destroyed countless homes, businesses, and cultural hubs in its path, and has displaced thousands of Louisianans. Additionally, thousands more are trying to evacuate and get their basic needs met in the meanwhile. 

As a Black-led, social justice philanthropy founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Foundation for Louisiana realizes that disasters have outsized effects on marginalized communities. The foundation’s heart is with those affected by this disaster as they mobilize to aid in Hurricane Ida relief. With nearly 16 years of devoted experience, the foundation stands ready to support Louisiana communities facing the impacts of Hurricane Ida - and the many Louisianans still dealing with the ravages of COVID-19 and ongoing recovery efforts from last year’s storms. Your support helps the foundation to deliver on the promise of a more just and equitable response while responding to both immediate and long term Ida recovery efforts in Louisiana.

The short-term strategy centers the coastal parishes (LaFourche, Plaquemines, Terrebonne), river parishes (St. John the Baptist, St. James, St. Charles, Ascension), and the greater New Orleans area. They will prioritize Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ led projects, and focus on supporting efforts that can quickly get funds and resources to community members. Their mid-term response will focus on housing, wage replacement, clean up, legal aid, case management, and healing justice. Finally, long-term response will focus on policy efforts, action, mobilization, and fighting for protections.  

GlobalGiving 

Hurricane Ida landed in Louisiana with winds over 150 mph, making it one of the strongest storms to hit the region in more than a century. Multiple people died in the storm's path. Ida has also caused widespread power outages. Thousands are displaced from their homes and the situation is even more dire because of the COVID-19 strain on the medical system.

All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Ida. Initially, funds will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. The fund will later transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run primarily by local, vetted organizations in the communities affected in the United States.

When you donate to GlobalGiving's Hurricane Ida Relief Fund, your donation will be used to:

  • Provide food and emergency medical supplies to people and animals
  • Support temporary relief and emergency supplies for displaced families
  • Provide support to front-line workers, like meals and gas
  • Meet other needs that emerge
  • Trusted and Reliable

Other direct support opportunities are:

Team Rubicon 

Every hurricane, cyclone, monsoon, and downpour brings with it a different style of response. Over the past decade, Team Rubicon has learned how to best adapt their volunteer-led responses to the demands of the storms. Their disaster response work is 100% fueled by donations and carried out by veteran-led teams of volunteers. 

Currently route clearance, recon and response operations are underway in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida. Since operations began on September 2, volunteers tarped roofs, bucked/limbed damaged trees, and used heavy equipment to move debris from eleven homes in Independence, Hammond and Houma, LA.

They are working to send recon teams to Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York City, to determine needs after the intense flooding, caused by remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Four recon teams, two in southeastern LA, one in NY/NJ and one in DE/PA assessed impacted areas. Teams in LA found hundreds of homes in need of muck outs in the LaPlace area of St. John the Baptist Parish. About 20 homes were in need of muck outs in the Wilmington, DE area, as well as homes in Secaucus, NJ., while our route clearance teams continue to focus on Hammond.

Volunteers are assisting Crisis Cleanup by answering phone calls from distressed homeowners who have been in Ida's path, between Louisiana to Connecticut.

Project HOPE has sent an emergency response team with 11 medical volunteers and has distributed 8,000 hygiene kits, which include items like shampoo, soap, a toothbrush, deodorant and first-aid supplies. Donations can be made solely for Hurricane Ida emergency relief.

The Red Cross has mobilized hundreds of trained disaster workers and relief supplies to support people in evacuation shelters. About 600 volunteers were prepared to support Ida relief efforts, and shelters have been opened in Louisiana and Mississippi, with cots, blankets, comfort kits and ready-to-eat meals. The organization has also positioned products needed for blood transfusions. Donations can be made through redcross.org, or 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999.

The Salvation Army has prepared field kitchens and other relief supplies to help along the Gulf Coast.

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is collecting donations for a relief fund to rebuild and provide long-term assistance, including community grants.

Funding Opportunities: Afghan Refugee Assistance

American Red Cross of Southeastern Wisconsin The American Red Cross has been asked by the U.S. government to assist in initiating emergency shelter support for thousands of Afghan evacuees arriving in the United States following this unrest. The Red Cross will be providing initial mass care to multiple military bases and reception areas in the United States from August 20 through at least September 30, 2021. Aid includes: 

  • Providing expert mega-shelter management teams. 
  • Providing mass care workers to support dormitory management, including health and mental health services. 
  • Providing relief supplies such as comfort kits with hygiene items, diapers and cribs. 
  • Helping evacuees reconnect with family members through our Restoring Family Links program, which aids families separated by the chaos of disasters, war and other crises.
  • Many active duty U.S. military members, veterans and their families who are returning from deployment or have served in Afghanistan may be struggling with these most recent events. The Hero Care Network, which is available 24/7 to address a wide array of needs, supports military members, veterans and their families. 

Help Afghan evacuees due to the unrest in Afghanistan and our U.S. military and veterans by providing a gift to the “Afghan Evacuees & U.S. Military Support” at the American Red Cross.  

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan 

LSS was called to join the front lines in service to the Afghan refugees because of their long history and reputation. Many of the Afghans are arriving as evacuees, meaning there hasn’t been adequate time to process their citizenship documentation before arrival, so they are not able to find jobs as soon as many refugees do. Therefore, much of the funds raised through LSS will help with basic shelter and safety costs, as well as the typical refugee services provided by LSS. The goal of resettlement is self-sufficiency. Clients of LSS are given: 

  • Required “Core Services” during the first 30-90 days including housing and rental assistance.
  • Case Management for the first year or longer including: registering for Social Security cards, registering children in school, learning how to access shopping facilities, and arranging medical appointments.
  • On-going information and referral for up to 5 years from arrival in the US. This includes: crisis management including any drop-in or emergency needs; pathway to citizenship services; case management for those over 60 years of age; employment programs to promote earliest self-sufficiency; and cultural orientation and enrollment in ESL classes.

A gift to LSS to assist the Afghan refugees and their resettlement supports both short-term and long-term needs of individuals and families affected by the unrest in Afghanistan.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse 

Due to their proximity to Fort McCoy, the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse has been leading the effort on collecting donations to directly support the Afghan refugees that have been arriving in Wisconsin. They have been working directly with the liaisons at Fort McCoy to ensure donations are collected in the areas of greatest need. Nearly all Afghan families arrived with only clothes on their backs, and the needs are immense.

Monetary donations are greatly appreciated at this time for the purchase of NEW items such as clothing, diapers, formula/bottles, water, hygiene supplies, hats, sunscreen, bug spray and more. To see the full assistance information, visit: cclse.org/afghanistan-refugee-assistance. 

Team Rubicon 

Team Rubicon is in coordination with the Department of Defense and other organizations to meet the humanitarian needs unfolding. The relocation of Afghan families into communities across the U.S. creates an opportunity for each of us to stand up and assist people in need. 

The needs and services are being coordinated through each location and Team Rubicon will continue to assess additional sites as opportunities arise. Team Rubicon is currently supporting the management of donated goods, setting up the logistics at each donation point for collections and distribution in:

  • Wisconsin at Volk Field & Fort McCoy 
  • New Jersey at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst 
  • New Mexico at Dona Ana Range / Holloman Air Force Base 
  • New Mexico/Texas at Fort Bliss
  • Virginia at Quantico 
  • Virginia at Fort Pickett
  • Indiana at Camp Atterbury

Team Rubicon is ready to support multiple locations and consistently exploring our abilities to meet the ever-expanding need.

International Rescue Committee 

Instability in Afghanistan is putting the lives of thousands of civilians at risk. The IRC warns that increased conflict could spell tragedy for Afghanistan, where 18 million people are already in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The IRC has worked in Afghanistan through three decades of crisis, providing millions of people with shelter, education, clean water, health support and other aid, and we will stay as long as we are needed. Donate now to help us support children and families in Afghanistan and in crisis zones worldwide.

Your gift allows IRC to deliver comprehensive help to people affected by humanitarian crises and will be used where and when most needed. And, when combined with those of other donors, your gift becomes a powerful means to support our vital work, including education, health care, emergency support and job training for families in crisis worldwide.

International Institute of WI

The International Institute of Wisconsin, established in 1936, assists immigrants and refugees in transitioning into the community by offering programming and support services. From immigration and social services to refugee resettlement, the Institute promotes international cooperation, understanding, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective.