AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana Donates $20,000 to Aid Louisianans Rebuilding Their Lives

Funds to address food, medicine and other immediate needs for victims of Hurricane Laura

September 24, 2020 - Baton Rouge, La.

Louisianans and their communities are still feeling the impact of Hurricane Laura. In an effort to support the state in its continued recovery, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana donated $20,000 to United Way of Southwest Louisiana to help local residents still recovering from the devastating effects of the storm.

The donation will help support victims with ongoing needs, including food, medicine, utilities, and housing assistance. United Way of Southwest Louisiana, a local partner of AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, will assist in expediting the funds to local organizations working on the ground.

“Many of our neighbors were already struggling with the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, and Hurricane Laura has greatly compounded those challenges,” said AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana Market President Kyle Viator. “We have not forgotten them and the communities in which they live and work.  We hope this contribution to the state’s ongoing recovery, in addition to the time and resources given by Care Crew, our national and statewide team of associate volunteers, will help our communities rebuild and come back even stronger.”

Following Hurricane Laura’s landfall, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana staff have been working alongside United Way and other community volunteers in and around the Lake Charles area to help deliver, sort and distribute meals and much-needed supplies including water, face masks and hygiene items. The health plan has also donated supplies to support evacuees from the region who are being sheltered in New Orleans.

“The road ahead will be long and marked with evolving challenges and goals. AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana’s donation will help ensure that United Way of Southwest Louisiana is equipped to meet each milestone of recovery,” said Denise Durel, United Way of Southwest Louisiana president and CEO.

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is currently meeting the immediate needs of the community through its Hurricane Laura Relief Center which operates every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Distributing meals, hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies and more, the relief center is in need of both volunteers to man the center as well as monetary and/or supply donations.

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“As Southwest Louisiana moves forward towards a complete recovery, United Way will be here keeping a pulse on the community’s ever-changing needs. Donated funds will be distributed accordingly for each phase of recovery including immediate and long-term needs,” Durel said. “We will see this thing through to the very end until every community and community member is completely restored.”