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Spotlight on nominee Hurricane Ida Relief

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Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Hurricane Ida Relief @ All Hands and Hearts, nominated by donor RoamX. Actually, it's a re-nomination: Failing to get traction after last year's Louisiana hurricanes, All Hands and Hearts is back on Charitocracy under the new name Hurricane Ida Relief in hopes of garnering fresh support for the desperate need in the affected communities. All Hands and Hearts deliver a Smart Response to those reeling not only from from Hurricane Ida, but many other hurricanes and other natural disasters each year. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Hurricane Ida Relief

All Hands and Hearts has deployed assessment teams to the Northeast and is continuing to work with local communities to identify the areas of greatest need and how we may be able to best serve them. We are responding to the need in Louisiana by committing to a three month initial response program. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an initial start date as early as Monday, September 13. If you or someone you know is interested, apply for our Hurricane Ida Relief Program.

Hurricane Ida devastated Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane on August 29, 2021 before continuing to leave a path of destruction through the eastern coast of the United States. On September 1, Ida slammed the northeastern United States with record breaking rainfall causing historic flood levels in New York and New Jersey.

Louisiana

Category 4 Hurricane Ida made landfall over the Port Fourchon community in Louisiana at about 11:55 am CT on August 29, 2021 – the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ida was first observed as a tropical depression on August 26, after passing over Cuba as a category 1 hurricane, Ida underwent a rapid intensification, progressing to a category 4 hurricane by the time it made landfall in Louisiana. Communities in Louisiana saw tropical storm conditions as early as Saturday evening and were hit by Ida on late Sunday evening, August 29, and into the morning of August 30. Wind speeds exceeding 150 mph were sustained for a total of 6 hours, twice the duration of the 125 mph sustained winds of Hurricane Katrina. There are over 2 million people who live in the affected area, and as of Monday morning, over 1.06 million are reported without power and over 18,000 people had already filed for federal aid.

While the levee system that protects New Orleans held during the hurricane, multiple towns outside its protection saw catastrophic flooding and storm surge. Fallen trees and debris litter the streets across Ida’s path. Homes are missing parts of their roofs, fallen trees lie on homes and roads, and some of the most devastated areas are still flooded and remain impassable.

All Hands and Heart stationed their Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) in Beaumont, Texas on August 27 in preparation for the storm and has already started moving towards the impacted areas to assess the damage and response needs. Two teams headed towards New Orleans along two different routes to cover more ground and gain a better understanding of the damage done by Ida. One team went west through Laplace and found widespread damage while the other team went east of Baton Rouge and found downed trees and potential roofs that needed tarping. Now stationed in Mandeville, DART has boots on the ground and is assessing the needs in the area. They have connected with the New Orleans VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to gain a better understanding of the needs in the communities and preliminary reports show that the parishes closest to the coast where the eyewall of Ida passed over were the hardest hit.

On September 2, additional members joined the team in New Orleans and deployed to the New Orleans metropolitan area to meet with partners and conduct initial assessments.

All Hands and Hearts is prioritizing the compounding risk of COVID-19 and is able to leverage its experience of running disaster relief programs throughout the pandemic. We will remain focused on supporting communities in need, both responsibly and safely.

Due to the five named storms that made landfall in Louisiana in 2020, All Hands and Hearts has another team prepared to rapidly respond to Hurricane Ida. The Hurricane Laura Team was pulled back to the safety of San Antonio, Texas, in preparation for the storm. Now that it is safe, the team has returned to Dequincy and is prepared to provide any additional resources necessary to further respond to Ida.

On multiple fronts, we are prepared to respond immediately to Hurricane Ida and launch a program of volunteers and staff to support the impacts. We anticipate the initial need to include chainsaw work, roof tarping, mucking and gutting, and mold sanitizing.

Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, All Hands and Hearts has responded to 4 major disasters in Louisiana, including our current response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura and Delta that hit Southeast Louisiana just one year ago.

Give your support to the communities affected by Hurricane Ida and either make a donation or apply to be a volunteer. For the most up-to-date information follow our Hurricane Ida Tracker.

Northeast Impacts

Ida passed over the northeastern United States the evening of September 1, causing destructive tornadoes and historic levels of rainfall in areas which were already saturated by Hurricane Henri in late-August. In New York City, most city subway lines were suspended due to the flooding, and both New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency. The rain was so extensive that for many parts of New York City, it is the first time in history that there has ever been a flash flood emergency warning.

We have an assessment team based in New York remotely assessing the situation as more information becomes available. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will be sending the team in to gather more information and connect with partners and the media.

So please visit the page of nominee Hurricane Ida Relief @ All Hands and Hearts to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this quick 1 minute visual overview of all the work they're doing around the world in 2021:

August 2021 winner A Mother’s Rest

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Charitocracy's 60th check to August winner A Mother's Rest for $1056

We have good news about August winner A Mother's Rest, right after this quick update...

5 Years, 60 winners!

Here we are again on September 1st. 5 years later! And we've given out over $80,000 of grants nationwide, not even including the new OBX spin-off. The years are just flying by. Thank you for continuing to be a part of this generous community of do-gooders. I enjoy every minute of behind-the-scenes making it all work, knowing that you guys will fill the coffers and point me toward some of the best, most interesting, and most deserving nonprofit recipients. Let's keep doing this, shall we??

August 2021 winner A Mother's Rest

Last night we named Charitocracy's 60th monthly winner. Congratulations to A Mother's Rest, nominated by donors Alistair and Rebecca. They are a network of B&Bs offering respite retreats to parents/caregivers of loved ones with disabilities or chronic illness. You can find their website here.

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to A Mother's Rest next week.

So finally check out these two 2-minute videos capturing the magic of A Mother's Rest. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1056+ grant to support their ongoing work.

Have a great September and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

Spotlight on nominee Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation

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nominee Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation, nominated by donor brysonfamily. They fund less toxic therapies for children with cancer so they can have a better quality of life as they battle the disease. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation

Our Mission
Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fund less toxic therapies for children with cancer so they can have a better quality of life as they battle the disease and to give families hope by bridging the funding gap and making available potentially life-saving clinical trials that would otherwise not be available.
Through its many programs, Arms Wide Open also helps families throughout the United States both financially and emotionally who are suffering hardship due to their child’s diagnosis of cancer, providing them with support during the most difficult time of their lives. Arms Wide Open supports families from diagnosis to sadly, sometimes their child’s death, and beyond.
Through our Emmy-Award winning documentaries and awareness campaign, The Truth 365, we are committed to educating the general public on the truth about childhood cancer, raising awareness on a global level, uniting the childhood cancer community, starting a movement through CureFest, and giving children with cancer a voice so that they will see change in their lifetime.

So please visit the page of nominee Arms Wide Open to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And learn about the inspiring impacts of AWOCCF's 10 years of teamwork: