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Disaster Relief and Recovery Efforts

United Way of Acadiana is here for neighbors before, during and after a disaster.
Please check back frequently during times of disaster for up-to-date information regarding volunteer recruitment, monetary donation needs, immediate relief efforts and long-term recovery plans.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to Flood the Love 2017 and to the countless volunteers that helped man the warehouse as we collected supplies for Harvey relief and worked with us and other Acadiana VOAD organizations at the Harvey Resource Center.  It was unprecedentedly successful, and we are proud of the efforts of our entire community.  We will be posting more details soon.  
As recovery from such a widespread disaster is long-term, the community may continue to make monetary donations by one of the following ways:
If you are interested in volunteering for future relief efforts, please register here:

Quick Facts About Disaster Response and Recovery for the Great Flood of 2016
As of May 2017, United Way of Acadiana has:
  • Gutted out and cleaned 500 flooded homes
  • Delivered sheetrock, insulation, flooring, doors, paint primer, and appliances valued at $384,000 to 93 homes with more deliveries scheduled
  • Distributed 200 appliances to flood impacted homes
  • Utilized 7,000 hours of volunteer time
  • Distributed $280,000 in rebuilding materials, 50,000 bottles of water and 12,000 meals
  • Collected and distributed $1.1 million in goods
In fact, as of March 31st, UWA has provided more than $2 million in goods and services to 2016 Flood Recovery efforts thanks to great partnerships and individual donors!
Volunteers continue to assist with mud out/clean out, provided clerical support and delivered school supplies to teachers and students throughout our service area.  As we've transitioned into the recovery stage, our volunteer opportunities have changed.  However, our goal is to continue to engage volunteers in our year-round efforts that support education, earnings and essentials.  To learn more about how you can remain connected, please contact Volunteer Mobilization Manager Deidra Lewis with any questions at 337.706.1226 or email

Acadiana Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster (AVOAD)
United Way of Acadiana is a proud partner of Acadiana Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster. AVOAD members work together to ensure efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster.
(To join Acadiana VOAD, download the form here and send completed to Jason Huffman at or mail to 215 E. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette, LA 70501 ATTN: Jason  Huffman.)
  • 232-HELP/LA 211
  • Acadiana Home Builders Association
  • Acadiana C.A.R.E.S.          
  • Acadiana Medical Reserve/DHH OPH
  • Acadiana Outreach Center
  • AHBA Professional Women in Building
  • American Red Cross of Acadiana
  • ASSIST Agency
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation/LAVOAD
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Acadiana
  • Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana
  • Cajun Area Agency on Aging
  • Catholic Services of Acadiana
  • Community Foundation of Acadiana
  • COPE
  • CUPS
  • Diocese of Lafayette-Central Region
  • Diocese of Lafayette-Office of Justice & Peace
  • Faith House
  • FoodNet
  • Goodwill Industries of Acadiana
  • Hearts of Hope
  • Hospice of Acadiana Inc.
  • Iberia Parish OEP
  • ICNA Relief USA
  • LA Assoc for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth Edu. Program
  • LA Conference of the UMC Disaster Response, Inc.
  • Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic
  • Lafayette Economic Development Authority
  • Lafayette Habitat for Humanity
  • Lafayette OHSEP
  • Louisiana Emergency Medical Unit (LEMU)
  • LSU AgCenter Disaster Recovery & Mitigation Ctr
  • Ms. Helen's Soup Kitchen
  • New Start Center
  • NIMSAT Institute
  • Rebuilding Together Acadiana
  • Salvation Army of Acadiana
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
  • Southern Mutual Help Association
  • St. Landry-Evangeline United Way
  • SMILE-Retired Senior Volunteer Program
  • The Extra Mile
  • The Family Tree
  • United Clergy Coalition Task Force - First Assembly of God
  • United Way of Acadiana
  • United Way of Iberia
  • Vermilion Parish Police Jury
  • VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults)
  • Volunteers of America
Please check back frequently during times of disaster for up-to-date information regarding volunteer recruitment, monetary donation needs, immediate relief efforts and long-term recovery plans.