IRD and IRD Gulf Coast Announce Available Disaster Assistance for Victims of Hurricane Isaac
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Contact: Jeffrey Grieco
ARLINGTON, VA – International Relief and Development (IRD) and IRD Gulf Coast announce available services for Mississippi residents affected by Hurricane Isaac and volunteer and donation opportunities to support those in need.
Disaster Relief Services
Starting immediately, residents may request emergency assistance by calling 1-877-795-4IRD, or by visiting one of the IRD Gulf Coast’s offices:
1223 30th Avenue 4836 Main Street
Gulfport, MS 39501 Moss Point, MS 39563
Residents can apply for help with debris removal, interior cleaning, tarps, and roof repair, as well as help with utilities, rent, and transportation. Residents may also access other IRD programs such as financial and housing counseling, culinary and construction job training, AmeriCorps service, and small business training and loans.
“Our goal is to address as soon as possible the immediate needs of those impacted by this storm,” said Lori West, Executive Director of IRD Gulf Coast. “We have resources available now, and we’re seeking additional resources from some of our long-standing partners such as United Way of South Mississippi, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.”
IRD Gulf Coast and IRD are also working with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and coordinating efforts with fellow members of the South Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and with members of the Mississippi VOAD to insure that residents are able to access all available assistance.
Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
Interested volunteers should call 1-877-795-4IRD or 228-864-6677. Volunteers are needed to clean homes, help with placing tarps on damaged roofs, and assist in home repairs. Volunteers may also assist in distributing meals at Café Climb, 1316 30th Avenue, Gulfport (228-214-4287).
To make a donation, visit www.ird.org/donate. Donations will be used to purchase emergency supplies, such as water and hygiene kits, and materials to clean and repair homes of storm victims. In-kind donations of relief supplies, including water, hygiene kits, and cleaning supplies, may be delivered to either of IRD Gulf Coast’s offices listed above.
About IRD Gulf Coast:
IRD Gulf Coast (www.irdgulfcoast.org) is a Mississippi non-profit charity and community development agency that provides workforce training, housing development, and disaster recovery services in the Gulf Region with a focus on South Mississippi. In partnership with local and regional organizations and donors, IRDGC builds sustainable, community-based programs for low income residents. Started in response to Hurricane Katrina by IRD, Inc., IRDGC became a 501(c) 3 organization in 2010 and is governed by a Board of local community leaders.
For more information on IRD, visit www.ird.org, and visit the IRD Voices blog to read first-hand accounts from IRD staff in the field. You can also stay up-to-date on IRD’s latest news by following us on Facebook, Twitter (@ird_voices), Flickr, or YouTube.
IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief, stability, and development programs worldwide. IRD's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Specializing in meeting the needs of communities emerging from conflict or natural disaster, IRD partners with donors, local organizations, and many others to deliver sustainable services in agriculture, governance, health, and infrastructure.