NEW ORLEANS— Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu reactivated the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation for New Orleanians to contribute to recovery efforts following the major flooding that occurred in Texas and Southwest Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Texas and Southwest Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Mayor Landrieu. “The people of New Orleans know what it’s like to suffer through a disaster. We remember all of those who helped us when we needed it most, and through this fund, we hope to pay it forward to other communities in need.”
Mayor Landrieu launched the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund in May 2011 to contribute to recovery efforts following the Mississippi River flooding disaster. It was also activated in 2012 in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to support recovery efforts in the northeast, in May 2013 following catastrophic tornadoes in Oklahoma. Most recently, in August 2016, the NOLA Pay it Forward Fund raised $250,000 following the major flooding in Baton Rouge. The fund is housed with the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation Andy Kopplin said, "We welcome this partnership with the City of New Orleans and we’re pleased to administer the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund. The Fund will provide resources for early relief efforts and long-term rebuilding for the millions of people whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
Those interested in donating to the fund can go online to www.gnof.org/nolapayitforward/. Donors can also contact Allie Betts, donor relations manager at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, at 504-598-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.