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Funds created for hospital workers affected by Hurricane Laura

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 13:20:13-04

Several funds have been set up for hospital workers following the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Both inside and outside of the Acadiana area, two Foundations are asking for support for healthcare workers impacted.

The Louisiana Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation (LHAREF) has established the Louisiana Care Fund to assist hospital employees who experienced significant property loss or personal hardship as a result of Hurricane Laura.

“Louisiana hospital employees braved a destructive Category 4 hurricane in the midst of a pandemic, and they remained on the frontlines during a mandatory evacuation to save patients’ lives before, during and after the storm,” said LHA President & CEO Paul Salles. “These hospital heroes, who show extraordinary compassion and commitment every day and during crises, must now begin to rebuild their own lives, and our hope is that this fund will provide a little extra relief.”

Businesses and individuals can contribute online at www.LouisianaCareFund.org or mail a check made payable to the Louisiana Care Fund, with a completed donation form, to the LHA Research and Education Foundation, 9521 Brookline Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809.

The LHA says that all contributions are tax deductible, and all administrative services are being provided in kind so that 100 percent of donations will be used to assist hospital employees affected by the storm.

Closer to home, Acadian Companies has set up a fund to help their employees who have suffered losses because of Hurricane Laura. Chairman and CEO Richard E. Zuschlag says that 106 employee-owners suffered loses with 75 to 8 of them losing all or a significant amount of personal property.

"In the majority of cases, these employees left their homes and reported to work as the storm was approaching. They were needed to help others in distress and they answered the call. Working around the clock for many days, they returned to their homes and families only to find the devastating effects of the storm," Zushlag said.

Acadian is working with employees to help them meet their immediate needs but say that due to the volume of damage caused, more is needed. "Many of our partners have asked how they can help the first responders—the ones who put their lives on the line and who sacrificed their own personal comfort and safety to help others."

Zushlag says that to answer this, Acadian Companies has opened the Acadian Companies Employee Disaster Relief Fund. The fund is administered through the Community Foundation of Acadiana. Donations to the fund are tax deductible, and will be collected and distributed to Acadian employees throughout Louisiana who have been affected.

Those wishing to donate, can fill out a donation form online click here or send a check payable to "Community Foundation of Acadiana" (please write "Acadian Companies Employee Disaster Relief Fund" in the memo field on the check) and mail to Julie Greco, Acadian Companies, P.O. Box 98000, Lafayette, LA 70509.

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