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Acadiana Disaster Response Fund grants $245,000 to local organizations, churches

The Acadiana Disaster Response Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana recently awarded a total of $245,000 to 16 local organizations and churches to benefit flood victims.
 Grantees include the Acadiana Center for the Arts/Creative Relief Acadiana; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Lafayette; The Family Tree; First Assembly of God – Youngsville; First Baptist Church Youngsville; Lafayette Habitat for Humanity; The Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Acadiana District, Inc.; Mennonite Disaster Service; Our Savior’s Church; Rebuilding Together Acadiana; Second Harvest Food Bank of Acadiana; St. Landry-Evangeline United Way; St. Mary Mother of the Church; St. Teresa Center for the Works of Mercy; United Way of Acadiana; Volunteers of America-Acadiana Programs.
 The grants will support programs for flood victims as well as provide direct assistance to individuals. CFA is not accepting applications for individual assistance, but will instead, rely on the expertise of grantee organizations to qualify and confirm eligibility.
 The Acadiana Disaster Response Fund received contributions from generous donors and proceeds from various fundraising endeavors to benefit those affected. Thanks to CFA Ambassadors, 100 percent of all contributions to CFA are being used to benefit those affected by the floods. Furthermore, grantee organizations have agreed to waive administrative fees to ensure donor dollars directly benefit flood victims.
 “Even though the flood occurred in August, there is still a strong need for support for those affected,” said Community Foundation of Acadiana President & CEO Raymond J. Hébert. “It is estimated that our region will need $12 to $15 million to repair and rebuild our communities over the next four to five years. CFA is appreciative of the community’s outstanding support, and we are honored to make these grants to continue to support our neighbors and communities as they rebuild.”
 This is the second round of grants from CFA which has awarded a total of $473,000 for flood response efforts. Donations from individuals, corporations and others may be made online at Checks may also be made payable and mailed to Community Foundation of Acadiana (Memo: Acadiana Disaster Response Fund), 1035 Camellia Blvd., Suite 100, Lafayette, LA, 70508. Donations are tax-deductible and 100 percent of your contribution, less standard credit card fees, will benefit our neighbors.
 For more information about CFA’s Acadiana Disaster Response Fund, please call Communications and Development Director Erin Winder at 337-769-4842.

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