Particularly in the bayou and River Parishes, recovery from Hurricane Ida is still in its early stages. A small army of mutual aid groups, churches, nonprofits, individuals and even bands have begun ramping up their efforts to help survivors of the storm. From Gentilly to Grand Isle, these groups have been working tirelessly for days, often using personal funds to secure needed supplies.
Below is a by no means exhaustive list of these groups. Because of the uncertain and often in-flux nature of providing relief, we have provided websites for most non-governmental or church organizations, and if you are in need, please reach out to them. We also have included specific links to donate to these groups for those who are able to help.
Region Wide Groups
World Central Kitchen
Chef Jose Andres’ international food assistance organization, which is cooking food in New Orleans and helping feed folks throughout the area.
The Mutual Aid Response Network
Led by Imagine Water Works and organizing mutual aid groups across south Louisiana. Will support relief and recovery efforts as well as preparation for the rest of hurricane season.
Distributing aid, meals and water to the area’s unhoused population.
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
National network focused on grassroots mutual aid relief work. Contributions will aid in supplies collected from across the country and distribution in areas impacted by Hurricane Ida.
Catholic Charities is one of the oldest, largest nonprofit aid groups in the world.
Louisiana Bucket Brigade
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is organizing aid and relief efforts in the New Orleans area, the River Parishes and other parts of southeast Louisiana.
Orleans Parish Organizations
To find daily locations for food and other supplies or assistance, Nola Ready has also created a special site to track them, trumba.com/calendars/hurricaneida.
Committee for a Better New Orleans
An organization of community, business and political leaders in New Orleans. CBNO has been providing food in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
Feed the Second Line
An initiative started during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Krewe of Red Beans, Feed the Second Line provides food for members of the cultural community, frontline workers and others in need.
Culture Aid Nola
The organization provides assistance to underserved members of the hospitality and culture communities of New Orleans
Provides health care and other services to musicians, performing artists and culture workers in New Orleans.
The clinic has put together a list of Ida-related health services, including mental health, at neworleansmusiciansclinic.org/ida
House of Tulip
House of Tulip provides services to the transgender and gender-nonconforming community in New Orleans.
Nola Ready Oxygen tanks
For New Orleanians in need of oxygen tanks, the city is providing sites where they can be obtained for free.
2920 Magazine St., 5403 Read St., 2500 General de Gaulle Drive
(504) 658-2558, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
GLBL WRMNG Relief Aid
New Orleans hip-hop collective GLBL WRMNG is providing direct financial relief to BIPOC artists, musicians and creatives displaced by Hurricane Ida.
Donate: via PayPal at GLBL WRMNG
Mutual Aid — New Orleans Facebook group
Though the group does not normally use or solicit cash donations, given the extraordinary circumstances caused by Ida, organizer Alex Anderra has asked for donations to provide “communal gas, solar chargers, tarps, water” and other supplies free to the community.
Donate: via Venmo at @caminocreative, via Cash App at $alexem9
Black Man Rising
Antonio Travis organized the group to help give aid to the young Black New Orleanians it serves.
Donte: via Cash App at $tonytee10
New Orleans Mutual Aid Group
Supporting New Orleans-based recovery efforts.
Donate: via Venmo at @NolaMutualAid
Provides mutual aid and information for Indigenous peoples.
Follow updated information on Instagram, @bvlbanchacollective
Second Harvest Food Bank
Distributes immediate food assistance across south Louisiana.
Aid Groups Outside of Orleans Parish
Jefferson Parish oxygen tanks program
Jefferson Parish officials have set up two sites residents can get free oxygen tanks.
Fire Station 81, 808 MacArthur Ave., Harvey
Fire Station 20, 4110 Hudson St., Metairie
Lost Bayou Ramblers
The legends of Lost Bayou Ramblers are collecting supplies for residents in Houma, Golden Meadow and the New Orleans area.
Donate: via Paypal or Venmo at @nouveauelectric
Inclusive Louisiana describes its mission as “creat[ing] a fairer and more inclusive society and to protect the heavens and earth for the generations to come.” They are gathering supplies including generators.
The Descendants Project
The Descendants Project focuses on supporting the Black families and descendants of the River Parishes.
Donate: via Venmo at @thedescendantsproject
Down The Bayou Mutual Aid Fund
Operated by Caroline Guidry, describes itself as “No hoops to jump through, no middleman bullshit, just neighbors helping neighbors.” Serving Lafourche communities.
Donate: via Cashapp at $dtbmutualaidfund, via Venmo at @DTBMutualAidFund
St. Charles Parish Small Black Neighborhood Ida Relief
Thomjana’ Ferguson has started an effort to provide assistance to small black neighborhoods in St. Charles Parish.
Another Gulf Is Possible
A “women-of-color led, grassroots collaborative” of organizations along the Gulf Coast. Its site includes a list of resources for Hurricane Ida response.
RISE St. James
An environmental justice organization based in St James Parish.
Faithpointe Family Fellowship Anglican Relief
An Anglican church in Covington providing food, showers and other support.
71429 Seeger Road, Covington
There also are several First Nations in southeastern Louisiana who’s lands and people were hit hard by Ida.
United Houma Nation
Isle De Jean Charles Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw
Gran Caillou/Dulac Band
Pointe-Aux-Chien Indian Tribe
Atakapa Ishak Tribe