New Crowd-Funding Charity Aids Louisiana Flood Victims
In 2017 we are still debating and discussing Hurricane Katrina. There is no end to the stories, the movies, the documentaries, the political grandstanding. At the time of the historic flooding it served the media narrative to pit the Republican bogeyman of the day (Bush 43) against a poor and abandoned black population.
The same concern has not been extended to Americans suffering from similar tragedies. The victims of the recent historic flooding in larger Louisiana had the misfortune to be majority white and living under the Obama administration. That engendered a completely different narrative. While billions still pour into varying Katrina recovery funds to this day, government officials in LA have expressed frustration at the lack of federal response to this most recent tragedy.
We find cases from numerous sources, Facebook, non-profits, word of mouth, businesses who provide disaster services also refer us.Once we have their information, we conduct a phone survey with an affected home owner.
Based on the needs, we assign a citizen ‘case worker’ who will go and physically vet the needs outlined in the survey. That person also meets any immediate needs for the individuals such as clothing, medical, transportation, food or housing. Those situations are almost always uncovered during the survey.. the really urgent needs we have been uncovering cause our entire team to engage and help.The ‘case worker’ is also charged with collecting story information and photos of the needs. The case worker works with a ‘crowd relief campaign developer’ to craft a compelling campaign on behalf of the individuals or families who qualify for a crowd-funding campaign.
The people we’re helping are the most vulnerable. They have health problems such as cancer, some form of disability, single moms with no support system.. all over the place.