Foundations for Recovery raises money to provide grants for disaster relief and recovery work. It is a project of community foundations, including the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Northshore Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana.
After Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and claimed 1,577 Louisiana lives, the Foundations for Recovery project raised more than $45 million for immediate relief efforts and for projects that would reduce needs in the long-run.
Foundations for Recovery will continue caring for people after disasters. It also will pay for knowledge to reduce the effects of future storms and lift the quality of life for all people.
How well do you remember those disastrous few days when low land in Mississippi and Louisiana gave way under the fierce weather brought onshore by Hurricane Katrina? I remember staying at a modest Comfort in in Southwest Virginia, visiting family, and waking up to watch the amazing coverage each morning during their continental breakfast.
I remember the games played back and forth by politicians who tried to make those events work in their career favor. I remember journalists who yearned so desperately to show the drama of the unfolding disaster, that they compromise their ethics and actually pretended to be a part of the worst that the storm had to offer. And here’s a documentary that you might want to watch. It’s admittedly focused on New Orleans, but take some time to educate about how widely the brunt of the storm was felt.