About 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.
They spearheaded a Cajun Navy group whose only requirement was that citizens agree to work alongside local authorities to save lives. This was what seperated their efforts from other citizen boaters who were frustrated at being turned back by authorities.
By working within the guidelines established by authorities, their boaters were allowed by the authorities to put their boats into the flood waters. This collaboration between authorities and citizens saved thousands of lives in the rapidly rising waters. Rob and Melissa’s actions proved that citizens acting out of concern for their neighbors could be just as effective at rescue and relief as established top down organizations.
The difference is that the citizen-led cajun navy spent $0 dollars.
Established relief organizations that work through established channels require sometimes enormous logistical infrastructures. The Cajun Relief Foundation has figured out how to engage local citizens using technologies that cost practically nothing, we simply empower neightbors to help neighbors.
The Cajun Relief Foundation is working on merging citizen-led giving with a technology solution that promises to disrupt how lives are saved and even more every day needs are met in the future.
The effort has never existed on this kind of scale before and so requires a whole new new term called ‘Crowd Relief’.
Video of Rob Gaudet discussing the unique citizen-led rescue model on Fox Business Network.