LEARN HOW TO HELP The immediate and
primary focus of the Story Project is to provide resources to the
public who would like to directly help individuals in need in the gulf
region. If you are inspired to help -- the organizations listed below are making a big impact. Please email us if there are additional organizations that should be added to the list.
Boat People SOS: Addressing
the community health needs of the Vietnamese fishermen and their
families who have difficulties in dealing with the oil spill;
advocating for job training and career transition programs; working
with OSHA officials to push for Oil Spill training in Vietnamese
language for Vietnamese fishermen in the region. assist community
residents on various services ranging from food stamp
applications, unemployment benefits, BP claims, Vessels of Opportunity,
immigrations, general translation and interpretation, Medicaid, Social
Security Incomes and healthcare.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
Almost 20,000 people have received emergency assistance from Catholic Charities. Has distributed over $370,600 in food vouchers to affected families, $75,030 in
emergency food boxes from Second Harvest Food Bank have been
distributed at the relief centers, in addition to regular distributions
through the Second Harvest’s partner pantries in the area. Over 3,000
have received counseling.
Community Center of St. Bernard
The Center helps St Bernard Parish families get the assistance they need,
whether it's food, clothes, medical care, legal aid, counseling, or other
services. The demand for their services
has skyrocketed since the Gulf Oil Spill.
Greater New Orleans Foundation:
the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund to support work
that helps the communities most affected by the
oil spill in Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and lower
Jefferson Parishes and to support long-term
recovery efforts that will help strengthen
coastal communities against future environmental
Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health
Has established a fund to support communities
assisting with the BP disaster. has already distributed over $200,000
in Emergency Grants. Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Created the Oil
Spill Crisis Map which compiles and maps eyewitness accounts of the
oil's effects in real time. residents of the Gulf Coast can report
sightings of fishermen out or
work, endangered wildlife, oil on shore, oil sheens, health impacts and
other problems using the Map Foundation for Louisiana
Established the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation’s Oil Spill Recovery
Policy and Advocacy Fund to protect coastal communities and precious natural resources by
ensuring that industry is held accountable for damage resulting from
the oil spill and that policy is developed that will implement better
protections in the future. Louisiana Justice Institute
Nonprofit, civil rights legal advocacy organization, devoted to
fostering social justice campaigns across Louisiana for communities of
color and for impoverished communities Mary Queen of Vietnam
In partnership with Catholic Charities they are providing food vouchers, direct services and mental health counseling.
On the ground helping communities in response to the oil spill disaster and ensuring that their voices are heard in the recovery process. Portersville Revival Group
Located in Codon, Alabama. Documenting the
conditions, building awareness. Testified to the Commission on the
impacts in their community. Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Providing hundreds of emergency food boxes to fisherman and their families. they are on the ground with their partners providing assistance and delivering food to underserved areas along the coastal region. STEPS Coalition
The mission of the coalition is to build a democratic movement to create a healthy, just and equitable
Mississippi Gulf Coast by developing local leadership, supporting
communities to advocate for their needs and by facilitating
communication, coordination, and collaboration among our membership.
Through advocacy, community organization and mobilization
and program services in areas of education, economic development, employment
and training, youth services and child and family support, the League's mission
of helping individuals to attain economic self-sufficiency remains virtually
Groups helping the Wildlife/Environment of the Gulf Coast
Alabama Coastal Foundation
Working to ensure the protection of sensitive habitats; improve the flow of accurate information and devise safe and meaningful volunteer opportunities related to the oil spill.
American Bird Conservancy They are documenting their observations and
conclusions about the effect of the oil spill on the birds in a new report, which also contains a series of
recommendations for birds – ranging from the use of boom to habitat
the Apalachicola from the Florida/Georgia line downstream 108 miles to
the estuary and Bay on the Gulf.
Works to protect deep swamps, wetlands and cypress forests in southern portions of Louisiana. Audubon of Florida:
Has created a special fund to
rescue oiled wildlife, should it become necessary, and
to underwrite advocacy to protect Florida's beaches and
coastal birds and wildlife. It has also set up a
clearinghouse for volunteers
Center for Biological Diversity:
The Center has filed several lawsuits and notices of intent
to sue to make sure BP and the federal government are held accountable for the
largest environmental disaster in U.S. history and to make sure such
a disaster doesn’t happen again.
Database of volunteers including charter boat captains, divemasters,
scientists, and concerned individuals and organizations which uses the
power of grassroots volunteers to provide solutions to
protecting the Florida Keys reefs and environments from potential
threats such as the Gulf Oil Spill.
Gulf Restoration Network
Mission is to unite and empower people to protect and restore the natural resources of hte Gulf Region for future generations. Have been very involved in monitoring and investigating the effects and management of the oil spill.
IBRRC International Bird Rescue Research Center
Rescuing Sea birds - their team of bird rescue specialists
has been deployed along the Gulf Coast to help with an
all-hands-on-deck effort to rescue seabirds caught in the spill. IBRRC
is working with Tri-State Bird Rescue, the lead oiled wildlife
organization on the ground, to set up and staff rehabilitation centers
in Louisiana, Alabama Mississippi and Florida.
Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation
In response to the oil spill they have developed the LPBF
Oil Spill Monitoring Plan , a long term monitoring program that will track impacts to the environment and inform restoration activities. This program includes sampling and analysis of water, sediment and biological indicators (includes fish and shell fish).
Working to support local fisher families and communities
bearing the brunt of the BP Horizon Deepwater Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil
spill. Members are working hard throughout our eco system and fishing grounds
to track and mitigate the effects of the oil spill.
The Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program,
is coordinated by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas since 1993, and has been
designated as the primary responder for the rescue, rehabilitation, and
release of all marine mammals (dolphins, whales and manatees) and sea
turtles along the Louisiana coast.
Works to preserve and restore the ecological integrity of the
Mississippi River Basin and the surrounding waterways in Louisiana.
Works to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay watershed,
which encompasses two-thirds of the land area and includes more than
250 separate waterways in the state of Alabama.
Mote Marine Laboratory:
Conducting certain key
baseline assessments in the Gulf and archive samples for
future analysis, so that the impacts of the oil spill
can be measured. This will help ensure that data on the
effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cannot be
disputed for lack of baseline samples - as was the case
in the Exxon Valdez spill.
National Audubon Society
Mobilized to help birds and the environment as soon as the toxic slick began spreading toward vulnerable wildlife and habitats. Also working to support sound public policy and to meet the long-term challenge of restoring a devastated Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.
created a Fund for
Gulf Coast Restoration to help the organization carry
out the necessary long-term restoration work in the Gulf
and states along its coast, to restore the Gulf?s
health, productivity and resilience.
National Wildlife Federation
Established the Gulf Oil
Spill Restoration Fund to help the wildlife at risk by
the oil spill in the Gulf. Donations to this fund will
go toward supporting NWF's immediate response and longer
term on-the-ground work to safeguard wildlife affected
by this tragedy.
Restore the Gulf
RestoretheGulf.gov is the official federal portal for the Deepwater BP oil spill response and recovery. This site provides the public with information on the response, current operations, news and updates, how to file a claim and obtain other assistance, and links to federal, state and local partners.
Save Our Gulf
Project of Waterkeeper Alliance to support and
coordinate the efforts of Gulf Waterkeepers who are
fighting to protect the Gulf Coast, its communities and
environment from the devastating BP oil disaster,
including the Emerald Coastkeeper and Apalachicola
Riverkeeper in Florida.
Save Our Seabirds
Located in Sarasota, FL, which says it has had an
85% rescue rate for oil-slicked seabirds, has an Oiled
Wildlife Response Team on standby waiting for the
official call to respond.
The Turtle Hospital
Located in Key West, FL, is preparing
emergency tanks and gathering emergency clean-up
supplies to assist in turtle rescue, in case sea turtles
in the Florida Keys become impacted by the oil spill.
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