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Cajun Navy Foundation volunteer teams are working tirelessly to help those in need in multiple communities across the country. Residents in the areas devastated by Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, and most recently those in the path of the California fires have many needs. CNF citizen volunteers are determined to continue meeting those needs, but they need funding and more volunteers to keep doing their good work.

CNF Michigan Team Leader Brian Antisdel and his grandson Blake

Information is continuously being gathered to help people locate resources for victims of the California fires. Volunteers are working around the clock to update the CNF CrowdRelief Resource Map. The map includes information about points of distribution, shelters, shower locations, hospitals, meals and animal shelters for all of the disaster areas. For those on the east coast, resources are also available on the Cajun Navy Hurricane MIchael Facebook page.

CNF’s Michigan Team is leaving for Oroville, California tomorrow, and donations are needed for their team. Every contribution will provide help for the people there and with the cost of fuel for the team to get there. Gas cards and full respiratory masks are immediate needs.

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Another way that citizens can help is by offering hospitality to the team. Volunteers would greatly appreciate meals, laundry service, a place to shower or to rest their heads. These necessities will be imperative once they arrive in the area.

 

What is it like to be a CNF volunteer?

In a recent conversation on the CrowdRelief Zello channel, CNF volunteer Clay Howell said,

To do what we do, it isn’t easy. It takes a lot out of you physically, emotionally and financially. It’s like the links of a chain and sprocket. It takes everybody to be able to turn and be able to work. Some of this stuff, you don’t get over when you go home. I mean you still see it, hear it, the smells, but it’s worth it in the end.

CNF Dispatcher Sandy Reeves responded,

That’s why I’ve always done it… It’s worth it in the end. I’ve been a helper since I was 17 years old, and I did my first disaster in 1994. I’d have to sit down and think about how many I’ve done since then that I’ve assisted with in some way. I think with the Cajun Navy Foundation, and with CrowdRelief, I have found my home. This is where I’m going to be for a long time – with you guys. I look forward to working with you guys because we are such a well put together team at this point, that it’s just amazing.

To be a part of what Cajun Navy Foundation is doing to help families in disaster-affected areas, visit CrowdRelief.net to volunteer. You can also fill out the Hospitality Form to provide much-needed help to boots on the ground.