How to help: Financial donations, fundraising events

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How to help: Financial donations, fundraising events BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Below is a list of official organizations taking donations for flood victims and events that are being held to raise money for flood relief.

NOTE: Click here for a list of official organizations taking monetary donations for flood victims and coordinating volunteers for flood relief.

The BBB offers the following tips when donating money to organizations in times of need: •Be cautious about giving online, especially in response to spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. If you are seeking to give to a charity involved in relief efforts, go directly to the charity’s website. •Be careful when relying on third-party recommendations, such as bloggers or other websites. They might have failed to fully research the listed relief organization. •Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist victims. Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fundraising and administration costs. Even a credit card donation will involve, at minimum, a processing fee. •Find out if the “charity” has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted area. See if the charity’s website clearly describes what it can do to address immediate needs. Charities that do not already have staff in the affected area may not be able to provide assistance quickly •Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. If so, you may want to consider “avoiding the middleman” and give directly to charities that have a presence in the devastated area. •Do not give cash, but pay by check or credit card. Do not make a check payable to an individual – always make out your check to the charity.

For more information about “wise giving,” go to or


100 BLACK MEN: The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge has established a relief fund to help supply youth and families affected by the ongoing flooding in the Southern Louisiana region. You can join this effort and help by donating at

ALBERTSONS: Is matching donations up to $300,000. Details here. To help victims of the devastating and historic flooding, WAFB Channel 9 and Albertsons are working together to raise funds for the American Red Cross Louisiana Flood Relief efforts.

ASSOCIATED PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS OF LOUISIANA (A+PEL) is seeking donations for teachers support in areas devastated by flooding. Visit

BATON ROUGE AREA FOUNDATION: BRAF has a relief fund that assists nonprofits responding to flooding across the state. People can make donations online at Donations to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund are tax deductible.

CAPITAL AREA UNITED WAY: Capital Area United Way is accepting donations to help with long-term recovery. Text LAFLOOD to 313131 or

DENHAM SPRINGS: Monetary donations, in the form of financial funds are needed at this time to help DSLTRC provide support to flood survivors. Funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and/or building materials to meet immediate and long-term needs. To make a tax-deductible gift to flood survivors, go to and follow the link on the homepage under GIVE. Mailed donations may be sent to:

Denham Springs Long-Term Recovery Committee

P.O. Box 1644; Denham Springs, LA 70727-1644

Attn: Denham Springs Long-Term Recovery Fund

EBR Council on Aging: Is taking donations specifically to help the elderly. Donations can be made at, or can be sent to 5790 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. For more information call (225) 923-8000

FOUNDATION FOR LOUISIANA: The foundation is ready to help, with contributions to the Strategic Flood Response Fund, to provide assistance for both relief and immediate recovery efforts. Donation options are available on the homepage of their website at All money donated will be directed solely toward disaster relief and recovery efforts. You can also donate directly here.

LEXLEE'S KIDS: Lexlee's Kids is a Baton Rouge, a LA-based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community through safety education, is taking donations of car seats and portable cribs. They have set up a GoFundMe page for donations as well. For more information, visit their Facebook page or website.

LOUISIANA HOSPITALITY FOUNDATION: Accepting monetary donations to help those who work in the hospitality industry rebuild after being affected by the recent floods. You can make a donation online at or send a check payable to the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation to: Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, P.O. Box 24046, New Orleans, LA 70184.

PROJECT 70805 FLOOD RELIEF: Funds raised through here will be used to purchase the items listed on the website and donated to the shelters currently housing displaced residents. One hundred percent of funds raised will go towards disaster relief and all donations are tax deductible."

REBIRTH FUND: The Rebirth Fund was created to provide small grants to support the thousands of small businesses impacted by flooding. Eligible small businesses must be located within one of the 20 parishes included in the federal disaster declaration area, have 50 or fewer employees, and have been in business on August 10, 2016. Those interested in contributing to the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund are encouraged to visit for additional information.

RED CROSS: To donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recovery from these disasters. For any other questions about donations, visit

SALVATION ARMY: Financial contributions may be made online at: or You can call 1 (800) SAL-ARMY for more information. You can text your donation to STORM to 51555 or email to give In-Kind donations: Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 15467, Baton Rouge, La. 70895

SAVE THE CHILDREN'S GULF COAST DISASTER RELIEF FUND: Accepting donations to help protect children and support immediate needs of families affected by flooding. They can be sent online.

SECOND HARVEST DISASTER RESPONSE: Second Harvest Food Bank is responding with thousands of pounds of food, water, and cleaning supplies to flood victims in Tangipahoa Parish, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge. You can make a donation here. Dirty Coast in New Orleans is also selling t-shirts to support the cause. All proceeds of the "Carry the Baton" merchandise will go straight to Second Harvest Disaster Response. Those shirts can be purchased here.

UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: For those who would like to make a donation to directly impact flood relief you may go to the following site: To donate by check, please make it payable to United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Write Flood Relief in the memo line and mail to: United Way of Southeast Louisiana ATTN: Flood Relief, 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

YMCA of Baton Rouge: The C.B. Pennington Jr YMCA took in about three feet of flood water on Sunday, August 14. Jacobs estimates a total loss of about $2.5 million. The facility had an estimated value of roughly $11 million.Monetary donations can be made online at with the following notation with your contribution: "Louisiana Flood 2016." Checks can be made payable to YMCA of the Capital Area, earmarked "Louisiana Flood 2016."


SUNDAY, AUG. 28: •Baton Rouge Brunches will hold a "Brunching for Greater Baton Rouge," partnering with some local restaurants to raise donations through a parish-wide event on Sunday, Aug. 28. The participating restaurants will be asked to donate 15 percent of that day's brunch sales to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The group is also asking attendees to bring shelter items and/or backpacks filled with school supplies. ◦Participating restaurants as of Monday, Aug. 22: The Overpass Merchant, Mason's Grill, Tio Javi's, Table Kitchen and Bar, Canefield Tavern, City Café, Mestizo, Lasseigne's American Grill, City Pork Brasserie & Bar, Simple Joe, The Londoner, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Galatoire's Bistro, Capitol City Grill, and Stroube's. ◦For more information on the event, click HERE.

•Three Louisiana rock ‘n’ roll bands will hit the stage at Tin Roof Brewing Company for the inaugural Rock the Roof festival. The event is slated for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Baton Rouge brewery located at 1624 Wyoming St. Admission to the festival is free. Donations of money or canned goods will be accepted to be delivered Monday, Aug. 29 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

•After Sunday’s Rock the Roof, another five bands will perform at Varsity Theatre for the Rock for Relief event. Music kicks off at Rock for Relief at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Rock the Roof is brought to you by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Scene Rouge, Loose Change Productions, Love Affair Records, and The Parlor.

FRIDAY, AUG. 26: •Nicholls State University will host a Jambalaya Lunch to raise funds for students affected by flooding. As a service-learning event, students in the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute will put their culinary skills into action by preparing 1,000 pounds of chicken, sausage and andouille jambalaya. One pound portions of jambalaya will be sold for $10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Ledet Culinary Building on Bowie Road.

MONDAY, AUG. 29: •LuLaRoe is hosting an online fundraiser to benefit Livingston parish schools. Every purchase you make will help this parish to get back up and running again, get these children back in school, and give them one of the most precious gifts we can give in this situation that we are in right now, a sense of normalcy. Shopping will begin on August 29 at 7 CST, and will conclude on August 30 at 7 CST. Click here for more information.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11: •Red, Rock and Blue Flood Relief Benefit: The show will be held at the Varsity Theatre. Featured performers include Sofa Kings Burnhouse, The Anteeks, Caleb Paul of The Gillis Silo, and Vidalia. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. VIP balcony tickets are $50 and include exclusive balcony access, food from The Chimes Restaurant, beer from Mockler Beverage Company. All of the money raised will go to benefit the Baton Rouge Food Bank. Tickers are available at The Chimes Restaurant on Highland Road, over the phone at 866.777.8932 and on-line at

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