The Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund – Louisiana Flooding 2016

NASW Foundation National Programs

The Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund

Louisiana Flooding 2016

Statement from Carmen Weisner, NASW Louisiana Executive Director

“During the week of August 9 – 12, 2016 relentless rains fell and rivers swelled. Communities across South Louisiana flooded at historic levels. Even people living on high ground were forced to flee to makeshift shelters where they are being cared for by more fortunate neighbors. The waters have now receded and the reality of the aftermath has come into focus. Homes were destroyed and severely damaged.

The long road to recovery can be daunting. We know from our work with individuals and families that the ability to move past this level of disaster can take months and years. Local organizations employing social workers are best prepared to do the needed work. If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the NASW Foundation, we would greatly appreciate your generosity. Your donation will be leveraged at the local level with organizations that are best prepared to direct needed services and supports.”

NASW established the Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund to provide assistance to those affected by disasters such as September 11, Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesian Tsunami, the devastating earthquakes in Haiti in 2010, Japan in 2011, the Ebola Crisis, and the Louisiana flooding in 2016.

Social workers have always been at the forefront of helping others.

Donations go directly to organizations that provide help to those who have suffered loss and are in need of assistance due to a disaster. When possible, preference is given to assisting social workers who in turn can help others. Your donation, combined with others, shows that the NASW and Social Work community cares.

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Contributions to the NASW Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible as allowed by law. Donate online or print and complete the NASW Foundation donation page, and mail or fax it to NASW Foundation, Att: Social Work Disaster Assistance Fund, 750 First Street NE Suite 800, Washington, DC 20002, Fax: (202) 336-8292, or

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