What is Cajun Relief?
The Cajun Relief Foundation is a 501c3 organic and innovative citizen-led non-profit charity. Our mission is to create a new model for engagement everywhere, driven by good citizens using technology. Our motto is “When you’re hungry, there is no waste.” We are learning by scaling fast, adjusting on the fly, meeting specific needs and eliminating waste.
We might be Cajun but we are not just a Louisiana organization. We performed rescues and are rebuilding homes in SE Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We have been in Florida since two days before hurricane Irma struck and we currently remain engaged in south Florida and the Florida Keys. Cajun Relief continues to provide rebuild, supply, media coverage, ground and logistical support in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Our journey began after disasterous flooding ravaged Louisiana in 2016 and ever since then we’ve been helping our fellow citizens find innovative ways to bring relief to those who need it. Anywhere there are people that are hungry or in need, good citizens are hungry to help them and Cajun Relief Foundation wants to bring them together. Learn more here.
Your contribution can make the difference in the future of citizen-led relief.
Recovery from the Great Louisiana Flood of August 2016 will take many years. The costs associated with rebuilding have already drained resources for those struggling with a home’s loss as they replace sheetrock, insulation, flooring, cabinets and doors.
Missing from the recovery effort is funding to replace the household things that families need to live in a modern home. Not having a stove and refrigerator for a senior who lost everything can be critical for their well-being, yet from ur experience, no one has planned a way to help with these necessities.
As homes are rebuilt, things like appliances, furniture, linen, pots and pans, plastic food storage, silverware, curtains, blinds, etc., will need to be replaced. All of these items that took years to accumulate must be purchased and replaced, yet many families have no remaining funds to do so.
The idea for CrowdRelief came after realizing that there would be no outside funding for this aspect of recovery.
Why should I contribute to the Cajun Relief Foundation?
Cajun Relief Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in September 2016 by Rob Gaudet and Melissa Adair who were key organizers behind the Cajun Navy. The emerging concept of “Crowd Relief” demonstrated its value immediately during catastrophic flooding that came to South Louisiana in August 2016. The duo were able to harness the power of smartphone applications and social media platforms to help dispatch citizen volunteers to areas where residents were most in need. Flipping the organization from topdown to grassroots proved to be so beneficial that the Cajun Relief Foundation was formed with the ultimate goal of using technology to solve similar problems in the event of future natural disasters.
Donations to the Cajun Relief Foundation go toward funding further development of the Crowd Relief concept and other community events.