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United Way of Acadiana is working daily to coordinate disaster response efforts, but we have also made some operational changes to ensure the safety and health of our employees and those we serve. In line with Governor Edwards’ proclamation to close the schools, we have closed our two Early Head Start facilities, and we will begin food distribution to the children and families we serve. Our office is closed to the public, and several employees will work remotely; however, we will also have a team in the office coordinating response efforts and continuing the ongoing services of the United Way of Acadiana.
As a leader in Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AVOAD), we are asking that the public refrain from organizing individually-driven response efforts, especially around childcare and food distribution. United Way of Acadiana is very concerned about food instability, we understand that families are having child care issues, and that many in Acadiana are at great economic risk. However, we must address these needs with coordinated, effective action that does not put vulnerable people, or those who want to help them, at further risk. If you would like to be involved in planning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Acadiana VOAD Facebook page. If you would like to register to volunteer, please click here.
If you would like to donate today, please click here. All collected funds will be directed toward gaps related to food and household insecurity.