How You Can Help New Orleans Recover From the March 22nd Tornado

On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service tweeted that the severe thunderstorms that blew through New Orleans on Tuesday night spawned at least two confirmed tornadoes, one in Lacombe and the other in New Orleans East. The storms caused at least one fatality, multiple injuries, and severe damage to St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes. The most destructive tornado touched down around 7:30 p.m. It tore through the communities of Arabi and New Orleans’ Lower 9th ward, downing power lines and trees, leveling houses, and leaving thousands of New Orleans residents without power. On Wednesday, Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, declared a state of emergency for St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes.

The New Orleans community needs assistance for tornado relief efforts. In addition, the community needs to rebuild their homes and provide immediate financial and emotional support to the families who suffered from the devastation that occurred on Tuesday night. Michael Williamson, President and CEO of United Way of Southeast Louisiana, stated that “nearly two-thirds of households in the affected areas of St. Bernard and Orleans parishes don’t earn enough to save for disasters, and many are still recovering from Hurricane Ida’s impacts.” 

Below are several organizations helping the New Orleans community recover from the devastating March 22nd tornado and how you can help. 

Tornado Relief Fund

United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) encourages people to donate to their Tornado Relief Fund. The donations will go directly to long-term rebuilding efforts and support immediate relief and community grants to partner organizations providing similar services to assist both St. Bernard and Orleans Parish communities in their recovery. 

You can donate to the Tornado Relief Fund here.


March 23rd – March 25th 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

UWSELA needs public donations and supplies for the families impacted by the tornado. They are running a Supply Drive through the Tornado Relief Fund. They are in need of diapers, formula, bottles, wipes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, feminine hygiene products and pre-made hygiene kits.

You can drop off supplies at 2515 Canal St, New Orleans, Wednesday, March 23, through Friday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No food or clothing —new or used—will be accepted.

The Krewe of Red Beans 

The Krewe of Red Beans has assisted the New Orleans community during COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida. They are now helping the recovery efforts for the March 22nd tornado. You can donate to The Krewe of Red Beans tornado relief program here.

Local Restaurants Providing Food to Those in Need

Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou











Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou, a local restaurant, is serving food to their community on Wednesday, March 23rd, and Thursday, March 24th. They will serve chicken, potato salad and green beans. Pirogue’s Whiskey Bayou is located at 6940 St Claude Avenue in Arabi. 

Maïs Arepas 

Maïs Arepas, a Columbian restaurant located at 1200 Carondelet Street in New Orleans, is giving away free food to those in the community who have been severely affected by the tornado, according to a recent Facebook post. 

Arabella Casa Di Pasta

Arabella Casa Di Pasta announced on Facebook Wednesday afternoon their decision to serve food to individuals impacted by the tornado. The local Italian restaurant is located at 2258 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans. 

Mutual Aid Louisiana










Mutual Aid Louisiana is currently accepting volunteers for their Tornado Relief program. You can fill out an application here. They are also accepting donations through Venmo, PayPal, Cashapp, and Go Fund Me

Let Us Know How We Can Help

Online Optimism wants to help the New Orleans community in any way. If you know of any organizations that are working toward recovery from the March 22nd New Orleans tornado and need volunteers or donations, contact us so that we can add the information to this post.