Friday, September 02, 2005

Yes, I'm back from Chicago. I'm almost done with my first sock and I'm very excited about that but I'm more excited to share this information with you:

I've seen many many posts about people wanting to do more for those devastated by Hurricane Katrina but, so far, the only contributions possible were monetary. Community Action Agencies are stepping up to the plate. This makes me very proud to work where I do. For more information on the Community Action Partnership, visit their website.

There is a list of items in need of donation following the info and addresses of where to send it.

Community Action Partnership National Office Coordinates Operation: Unity Relief

On Thursday, September 1, the national office hosted a conference call with state association leaders in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Also taking part were national board representatives from the affected regions and the national chair. The purpose of the call was to gather contact information from each state so the Community Action network can begin to forward desperately needed contributions and supplies to the area.

In the very spirit of "Helping People and Changing Lives," Community Action has exhibited a tremendous outpouring of caring and generosity, mobilizing CAAs to give to this relief effort. The State Associations and the CAAs face many months of recovery, relocating, and rebuilding. Millions upon millions of lives have been
affected and forever impacted. Community Action Partnership and the network will do whatever possible to assist the CAAs and the states in their efforts.

Please send monetary donations to the following contacts in each state:

Monetary Donations
Community Action Partnership of Alabama
Mr. David Bolware, President
172 South Broadnax Street
Dadeville, Alabama 36853
Phone: (256) 825-4287
Please make checks payable to: Community Action Partnership of Alabama

Donated Goods and Supplies
Attention: Tom Gardner; Bonita Whitlow
Montgomery Community Action Agency
1066 Adams Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

Monetary Donations

Florida Association for Community Action, Inc.
Ms. Wilma McKay, Executive Director
207 W. Park Ave., 1st Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (850) 224-4774
Please make checks payable to: Florida Association for Community Action

Location for donated goods and supplies for Florida will be coming soon. (I'll edit this in when I receive it.)

Monetary Donations

Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies (MACAA)
Attention: Operation: Unity Relief Fund
P.O. Box 3782
Jackson, MS 39207-3782
Phone: (601) 944-1747
Please make checks payable to: Mississippi Association of Community Action
Agencies (MACAA)

Donated Goods and Supplies
Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies (MACAA)
Attention: Operation: Unity Relief Fund
Central Parking System - Facility 3
100 Capitol Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Monetary Donations

LACAP Disaster Relief Fund
2900 Westfork Drive, Suite 200
Baton Rouge, LA 70827
Attention: Jane Killen
Phone: (225) 298-1288

Donated Goods and Supplies
LACAP Disaster Relief Fund
C/O Vernon CAC
1307 South Fifth Street
Leesville, LA 71496

A general listing of items needed may include:
Laundry Detergent
Bath Soap
Air Mattresses
Feminine Products
School Supplies
Baby Powder
Baby Wipes

The Community Action Partnership national office will also be coordinating with the American Red Cross National Headquarters on relied and volunteer efforts on the local level. We will post more information in the coming days.

Community Action Partnership
1100 17th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20036

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