Help the students and families affected by tornadoes

OPEN expresses its deep concern for the schools, students and families impacted by the February 7 tornado in New Orleans East. Our staff is dedicated to connecting the affected communities, parents and children with the resources they need to recover.

Over the next week we’ll be posting detailed information about relief efforts and what you can do to help. Below is a current list, broken down by contribution area. If anyone in the OPEN community knows of efforts not listed here, please share them in the comment section or email us at with the subject “Relief Efforts Information.”

Einstein Schools seeks donations for school uniforms, school supplies and other necessities for affected teachers, families and students.

12 Abramson Sci Academy students were directly impacted by the tornado. Some have lost their homes and are currently displaced.

100% of New Schools For New Orleans relief funds go towards purchasing gift cards for families in need to help them get back on their feet.

KIPP New Orleans is collecting donations to support affected KIPP students and families.

The ReNEW Schools Schaumberg Elementary building suffered extensive damage, and is collecting donations to support rebuilding efforts and recovery supports for students.

City Church (located in New Orleans East) is seeking volunteers to help with relief efforts. They are also accepting physical items including bottled water, non-perishable foods, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, baby wipes, band aids, peroxide, ointment, aspirin and basic first aid items. They are not accepting clothing.

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is seeking online donations and local volunteers. Click here to sign up for the volunteer list or here to make a monetary gift.

Second Harvest Food Bank will deliver 600 emergency meals to HOPE Food Pantry in New Orleans East, which has ceased daily meal preparation as a result of tornado-caused power outage. They are accepting nonperishable food items such as canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, soups, stews, beans, chili, peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal and shelf-stable milk. For a full list of suggested donation items, click here. Drop off donations at 700 Edwards Avenue in the Elmwood Warehouse District area, or Second Harvest’s Lafayette location at 215 E. Pinhook Road.

VAYLA, District B Council Office and the Broadmoor Improvement Association are partnering to provide supplies to affected individuals. They are collecting needed items at the Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center (3900 General Taylor St.), and then transporting the collected supplies to VAYLA’s headquarters, where they will be distributed. Currently accepting clean clothes, shoes, socks, children’s clothes, baby clothes, diapers, new toiletries, linens/towels, new underwear, cleaning supplies & detergent, flashlights, durable cleanup gloves, plastic tarps, nonperishable bulk food, feminine hygiene products, pet food and pet shampoo. Please drop of items during open hours only: 9am to pm Friday February 10, and 9am to 6pm Saturday February 11.

Household of Faith is serving as a dropoff location and distribution station for clothing, toiletries and nonperishable items. Drop off donations at 9300 1-10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA 70127 or call 504-347-0127 for more information.

St. Bernard Project has launched a Louisiana Tornado Recovery Fund and is accepting online donations.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is taking online donations for its Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund.  Proceeds will support nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area providing assistance to affected individuals.

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