VAYLA to Assist w/ Tornado Recovery
**UPDATE (2/9/17 9:15 PM CST) The campaign has received more than $13,000 which is incredible for 36 hours! Day 2, VAYLA purchased another $5,123.85 in supplies to support over 200 affected families in New Orleans East -- that's in addition to yesterday's 100 families. There's still hundreds of families VAYLA has not yet reached, so please share this gofundme page with your loved ones. We've raised our goal once more, this time to $20,000. Anything and everything helps, whether it's volunteer time, supplies (HYGIENE products most needed), or money! Check our updates regularly to see how these funds have helped.**
**UPDATE (2/8/17 9:04 PM CST): In just 9 hours, we were able to reach our goal of $5,000! But after surveying the area and assessing the damage of people's homes on just Day 1, there's ALOT of work to be done and supplies needed. That is why we've bumped our goal up to $15,000. Every dollar helps, whether it's $5, 10, 20, or more.**
On February 7, 2017, multiple tornadoes unexpectedly barreled through New Orleans East, destroying powerlines, streets, and houses in among one of the areas most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
While there were thankfully no fatalities among the seven tornadoes that touched down, hundreds of people have been devastated and displaced by gas leaks, loss of electricity, or destruction of their homes. VAYLA, with the assistance of Councilmember LaToya Cantrell and the Broadmoor Improvement Association, will be working directly with these families on the ground to assist these families through the recovery process.
Any money donated will go directly towards repairing the damages and providing basic hygenic supplies and cleaning supplies.
VAYLA is a community-based nonprofit organization that sprung from the post-Katrina recovery efforts to advocate for Village de l'Est in New Orleans East, a historically low-income African American and Vietnamese American community.
1. Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Anna Nguyen and I'm from New Orleans, LA. I currently work as Communications Director for Councilmember LaToya Cantrell.
2. Your relationship or contact to the parties you're raising funds for?
I am good friends with Minh Nguyen, the founder and executive director of VAYLA.
3. How will the funds be spent?
The money will be spent on construction materials and tools, as well as basic meals for volunteer efforts that will be coordinated for the clean up and rebuilding process.
While my office is organizing a donation collection for clothes, hygiene products, etc, we wanted to start this gofundme page on VAYLA's behalf for people to donate money if they could not donate items.
4. Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiar/ies
Minh is listed as the beneficiary, since he is the founder and executive director of VAYLA. All the money will go to VAYLA, as this organization will be in charge of purchasing and deploying the supplies. Neither I, Councilmember Cantrell's office, nor the Broadmoor Improvement Association will make any money on this, and we will not be in charge of handling or dispersing the money.
For the past 7 days, 525 families received cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, food, clothing, dog food, baby diapers, baby formula, cat food, blankets, water, etc. - we will continue to give supplies everyday until we're no longer able to.
We are beyond grateful for the donations we have received so far ($21,211.29 includes paypal contributions) from - individual donors - Dong Phuong Bakery & Restaurant - Radio & Magazine Free Vietnam - Expressway Pharmacy - Drip Affogato Bar - which was used to purchase supplies based on needs day-by day:
Day 1: $2,600
Day 2: $5,123.85
Day 3: $3,696.71
Day 4: $4,329.14
Day 5: $3,160.50
Day 6: $397.28
Many donation items have been dropped off to us - we would like to thank all of the individuals which include community members, Smood Prod, Link Stryjewski Foundation, Asian Pacific American Society, and Louisiana Dental Center on Manhattan Blvd.
Food was provided by Frencheeze Food Truck and La Cubana in sponsorship with My House NOLA.
We couldn't have done it without our volunteers: Cin, Mikol, Diep, Vincent, Dawn, Emily, Bri, David, Benita, Kealy, Quincy Tran, Monique Vu, David Phuc Le, Hang Nguyen, Celia Nguyen, Lanniiee Hoo, Linda Nguyen-Pham, Van Tran, Bibo Nguyen, Khai Nguyen, Sun Kim, Anna Nguyen, Nicky Cao, Huong T. T. Nguyen, James Do, Minh Nguyen, Jenny Le'Dang, Tram Tran, Mary Tran-Nguyen, Erica Buher, Dynisha Hugle, Mars Nguyen, Gabrielle Nguyen, Anna Nguyen, Krystal Pham, MQVN Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC), Veggi Farmer's Cooperative, and Coterie Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
Big shoutout to Re New Orleans Property Management for discount on supplies - Ressurection of our Lord Church for allowing us to locate at your site - Emily Wolff, Broadmoor Improvement Association - and LaToya Cantrell."
From VAYLA's FB Page of Day 3:
"We donated supplies to 135 families today in less than 2 hours ! $3,696.71 was spent which include 511 pairs of gloves, 88 brooms, 14 blankets, 33 flashlights, 36 rakes, 92 trashcans, 150 tarps, 135 trash bags, 4 boxes of baby diapers, 104 lbs of dog food, 155 hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, and deodorant). The remaining supplies will be given to residents again tomorrow.
Big thanks for our volunteers today for taking the time out to help - community members (Monique V., Cin N., Hang N., Celia N., James D., Dawn A. ) - VAYLA team (Huong, Minh, Erica, Mars, Nicky, and Dynisha) - Anna N. (City Council) - Emily (Broadmoor Improvement Association)- and Tuan, Khai, and Mary from Mary Queen of Vietnam Church - Giáo Xứ Maria Nữ Vương Việt Nam / Veggi Farmer's Cooperative.
We are beyond thankful for all of the donations (16K) we have received in the past 3 days - because of your kind contribution we are able to provide families with immediate supplies directly."
"VAYLA purchased $5,123.85 in supplies, including 216 packs of Trash Bags, 159 Tarps, 24 packs of Gloves, 18 Flashlights, 252 Toothbrushes, 2 packs Feminine Pads, 10 boxes of Tampons, 104 Deodorants, 14 cases of Water Bottles, and 40 Sanitizers to support over 200 affected families in New Orleans East. We would like to appreciate all those who have donated and we can't thank you enough for your support.
Big thanks to our volunteers - Tuan from MQVN Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC), Khai and Tom from Veggi Farmer's Cooperative, Resurrection of Our Lord Church, community members (Cin, Tram, Jenny, Benita, Mikol, and Quincy), staff member (Dynisha), and Directors (Huong, Minh Nguyen, and Erica) - for all of the help today !
Thank you My House NOLA for bringing out Frencheeze Food Truck and taking care of the families with some really good food !
Tomorrow, 2/10, we will continue the efforts of supporting many more families who we have yet been able to reach. Please share VAYLA's donation link with your friends and families so that we can serve all affected families: https://www.gofundme.com/VAYLATornadoAssistance "
"Thanks to contributions made today, we were able to purchase $2,600 in supplies, including 85 tarps, 19 cases of water, 13 rakes, 63 packs of trash bags, 28 packs of gloves, 60 flashlights, and 20 bins to support over 100 families in New Orleans East. While this support has been critical, there are many more families we have not yet been able to reach. Please consider volunteering with us or donating the following items:
-hygiene products (toothbrushes, soap, deodorant, shampoo, pads, tampons)
-trash bags and bins