One-day fund drive to benefit local nonprofits

By: Chris LeBlanc,
April 12, 2015

The Bayou Community Foundation will participate in a 24-hour fund drive May for nonprofits in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes and Grand Isle.

In a partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the local philanthropic organization will host GiveNOLA Day for the Bayou Region.

It coincides with a national philanthropic event called “Give Local America.”

More than 40 local nonprofit community service groups will benefit from donations made online during the drive.

“This is the first ever 24-hour online giving event focused on our nonprofits here in Terrebonne, Lafourche and Grand Isle,” Bayou Community Foundation Coordinator Jennifer Armand said.

A Give Bayou celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 W. Park Ave., Houma. Laptops will be available for anyone who wants to contribute and lunches will be for sale for $5.

“The day is all about promoting philanthropy and the idea that all of us, with donations as little as $10, can support the great work that our local nonprofits are doing to meet critical needs of our parish,” Armand said.

During Wednesday night’s council meeting, Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet supported the mission of GiveNOLA and their efforts locally.

“As a child, we learn the joy of receiving. It’s not until we get older do we really learn the joy of giving. This is a great opportunity for many people to do so,” Claudet said.

Organizations that will benefit include the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Lafourche Arc, the United Houma Nation and the CASA programs that aid abused and neglected children in Terrebonne and Lafourche.

For a full list of the organizations that will benefit locally from GiveNOLA day, visit and click on the “Lafourche & Grand Isle” or “Terrebonne” tabs at the top of the page.

To donate, visit anytime on May 5.

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