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Vote today and help us earn $250K for Gulf recovery

Spend one minute of your time to change a life. 

Go to and support the No Place Like Home Campaign by voting for United Way’s partner, the St. Bernard Project.

Sunday marks five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and many are still living in temporary housing.  Amidst the prolonged recovery from Katrina, fishing communities are reeling from the oil spill, the second disaster to strike their communities in less than five years.

United Way's No Place Like Home Campaign, in partnership with the St. Bernard Project, has worked to rebuild 22 houses in the Gulf and since Katrina hit. These disasters not only leave people in financial ruin, but also have a profound effect on the mental health of the hardworking families trying to rebuild their lives. A recent study estimates that one in five people in the region has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and many others report feeling anxious, depressed and even suicidal.

For a building to be stable for the long term, it needs a solid foundation. The same is true in life, with the building blocks for a solid life being a strong education, financial stability and good health.

United Way is committed to rebuilding New Orleans, and we’re recruiting the people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.

We invite you to be a part of the change. Advocate for the families of New Orleans by voting to extend mental health programs to the families affected by Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf.

Together, we can help our partner St. Bernard Project win a $250,000 grant to extend the hours at their existing mental health center, open an additional mental health center nearer to those most affected, train and employ 20+ peer-to-peer counselors, create more than 30 livable wage construction jobs for affected fisherman and help rebuild more than 170 homes with volunteers.

By participating in the No Place Like Home Campaign, you’ve pledged to stand with the families of New Orleans who are still without permanent housing. Spend just a minute of your day to help extend that support by visiting and voting for the St. Bernard Project.