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United Way of Southwest Louisiana searching for volunteers to assist with FEMA appeals program

Posted at 8:37 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 09:37:08-05

A new program is looking for volunteers to assist community members affected by hurricanes Laura and Delta with FEMA appeals.

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana says that training and background checks will be provided to volunteers who will help those denied assistance from FEMA.

No experience is required to receive training for the FEMA Appeals Ambassador program but volunteers should be comfortable using technology.

"More than 19,000 homeowners who filed with their insurance companies have been denied coverage and we've seen similar situations with FEMA," explains Denise Durel, president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Louisiana in a press release. "Many times it is just one piece of information that has not been provided or a lack of technology necessary to keep answering questions. We can reduce this stress by having someone familiar with the process walk them through it so a struggling family can get back on their feet. This situation is hard enough when things run smoothly."

Durel says that COVID protocols will be followed during training and assisting the public.

Those wanting to volunteer with the United Way of Southwest Louisiana can fill out an online application.

For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s Hurricane Laura relief efforts visit,

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana serves Allen, Beauregard, Cameron, Calcasieu and Jeff Davis parishes.

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