Soon everyone will have the chance to be a philanthropist for their own community and for the people that give so much to the bayou region communities in order to strengthen the bonds that bring us together through the gift of giving.
Last Tuesday Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph and Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet met with 40 non-profit organizations from our area at the Lafourche Parish Government Complex in Mathews to kick-off the countdown until GiveNOLA Day for the bayou region, known locally as “Give Bayou.”
GiveNOLA Day will be a 24-hour donation opportunity, sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Locally, the Bayou Community Foundation is coordinating a GiveNOLA Day for the bayou region specifically for local residents to show their appreciation and support for their community by donating to the non-profits that strive to help improve the bayou region and to help local people live better lives.
From 12:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, people will be able to log on to www.GiveNOLA.org and place a donation for the organization of their choice. Donations can be as low as $10 dollars allowing people from most financial backgrounds to become a generous philanthropist.
Over 550 non-profits in total will be participating across Louisiana including 40 non-profits from Lafourche, Terrebonne, and Grand Isle. Some of the non-profits present at the conference included Bayou Playhouse, The Foundation For Terrebonne General Medical Center, New Life Counseling Center, and the Bayou Country Children’s Museum.
The kick-off conference last Tuesday at the Government Complex was a chance to both meet the 40 local non-profits and for the local parish presidents to show their support. Bayou Community Foundation’s Coordinator, Jennifer Armand, hosted the event and began with introducing the local non-profits’ representatives standing behind her.
“The forty organizations participating in the GiveNOLA Day for the bayou region have really inspired me as a person for the work that they do for the bayou region and also their dedication to work together on this special day to raise money for their efforts and the efforts of the other organizations in our region to really lift our bayou region community and to make it stronger, better, and more sustainable in the years to come,” said Armand
Armand also explained that additional Lagniappe dollars will be given to organizations for every dollar that individuals donate for each particular organization on Tuesday. Every donation to one’s non-profit of choice will increase their Lagniappe dollars and chances to win extra awards and hourly prizes.
Last year GiveNOLA Day raised $2.25 million dollars total and this year their goal is to raise at least $3 million.
Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph and Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet both came up and spoke to the audience, expressing their gratitude toward the 40 non-profits that stood behind them.
“They are the day to day people who make a difference in people’s lives in Lafourche Parish,” said Randolph.
“I’ve said time and time again that government cannot solve our problems. People in our community solve our problems,” said Claudet, gesturing toward the non-profits.
Claudet also decided to shake things up a little at the conference by announcing that he would be sending in a $500 donation and challenging his fellow elected officials to do the same, playfully calling out Randolph.
Representatives from the non-profits jokingly asked where he would be having his lunch so that they could lobby for his donation. The government officials showed nothing but support and admiration for the non-profit organizations.
“This is so very exciting because it is an opportunity to choose one or choose all to donate to. There are so many good causes out there that can help other people in our community with your ten, fifty, or one hundred dollar donation. Anything that you decide to give will make a difference in the life of someone in this community. Isn’t that a tremendous effort,” said Randolph.
Locals interested in donating and learning more about their community’s non-profits are also invited to have lunch at one of the “Give Bayou Celebrations” that will also be held on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at either the Terrebonne Waterlife Museum at 7910 West Park Avenue in downtown Houma or at the Lafourche Parish Pavilion on LA 1 in Raceland.
Lunches will be $5 dollars apiece which will go to the non-profits participating in “Give Bayou.”
Laptops will be provided for guests to make online donations and representatives from the non-profit organizations will be there to explain what they do.
To learn more about our local non-profits and how to support them go to www.GiveBayou.org or go to Give Bayou or GiveNOLA Day on Facebook and Twitter.
“We are united with you, we urge everyone out there on this very special day to give everything that they can.
Those who don’t have a hundred thousand dollars can give ten dollars and if we can get enough people to give it will equal that amount. This is an opportunity for all of us to make a difference,” said Randolph.
Posted on Fri, May 1, 2015
by Ulysses Gisclair, Contributing Writer