Four volunteers from the Salinas based disaster foundation, Global Uplift traveled to Louisiana to an aid mission to flood damaged Baker, Louisiana. Bill Warne, Doug Brown, Jen Ross, and Becki Ross spent nearly a week in Baker with funds donated by local residents. They successfully partnered with a variety of relief groups in Louisiana such as the Rotary Club of Baker, Rotary District 6200, the City of Baker, the Red Cross and churches to accomplish a great deal. They negotiated purchases of all materials at significant discounts.
Bleach does not permanently kill mold. In that hot, humid climate a very expensive mold killer (such as Concrobium) is imperative. Through their partnering, Global Uplift volunteers were able to purchase enough material to sanitize and treat over 100 homes. Additionally, they bought at least a full semi trailer of insulation – enough to rehab 100 – 200 homes. Many of the families in Red Cross shelter lacked basic clothing. The Global uplift group supplied them with underwear, socks, and clothing. Additionally, a smaller number of children in the shelters were unable to attend school as they only had the clothes on their backs. These children were provided with clothing.
The group additionally helped distribute aid supplies from the city disaster center. They were also able to help link resource providers with the city disaster center.
Probably their most moving experiences were talking directly to those affected by the 1,000-year flooding. The residents were very grateful and expressed appreciation. The Global Uplift volunteers have returned home with full hearts and gratitude for all the Monterey County donors who made this possible. Every penny donated went directly to the victims of the disaster.