Capital Area United Way invests $10,000 in Disaster Assistance to Ascension Parish

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE – Capital Area United Way Board of Directors approved a $10,000 grant to Volunteer Ascension and the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to assist victims affected by torrential rain and flooding in May.

The scale of the disaster did not allow Ascension Parish to qualify for a federal declaration and federal assistance, leaving any assistance available to families through local donations. Upon damage assessment, Ascension Parish OHSEP identified 104 uninsured homes in need of assistance with replacement of linens, bedding and other essential household items that were lost as a result of the floods.

“The parish is very grateful to the Capital Area United Way for the assistance that they have provided the parish in the aftermath if this incident,” said Richard Webre, director of the Ascension Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. “As you may know, our jurisdiction did not meet the damage threshold for federal disaster relief assistance, so the support from all of our human services partners has been instrumental.”

“Over the years, Capital Area United Way has been fortunate to receive disaster response and relief funds to support the infrastructure and response efforts during times of disaster in the Capital Area,” said Katie Pritchett, VP of Community Impact. “From time to time, our Board of Directors has approved utilizing these funds to support the disaster relief efforts of local nonprofits in our region. The foundation of our work has been and continues to be stabilizing individuals and families in times of crisis and disaster. This grant speaks to the promise of the United Way and demonstrates the care our Board and volunteers have for the families of our 10-parish area.”

Volunteer Ascension will be the lead agency in implementing efforts in Ascension Parish.

“This grant awarded to the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Volunteer Ascension is not only a testament to the direct effect that Capital Area United Way has on the Ascension Parish community, but it also confirms their dedication to support local programs that impact the lives of families and unite the community in times of crisis,” said Sherrie Despino, executive director, Ascension Chamber of Commerce and CAUW board member.

To learn how you can Be Part of the Solution, log on to