Waste Management ‘Gifts’ $200,000 to Livingston Parish Residents Post-Flood
Waste Management has vowed to help Livingston Parish recover following the historic flooding event of August 2016 by donating $200,000 to Livingston Parish.
Waste Management’s Gulf Coast Area Vice President David Myhan says, ‘The devastation caused by floodwaters in Livingston Parish was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We think these funds will go a long way in helping many residents recover at a faster pace. This is our way of giving back to a community we service.’
The donation was made to Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade. Sheriff Ard says, ‘We set up this non-profit in an effort to help those in need in Livingston Parish. Well, that’s exactly what this money will be used for – and it’s coming at a time when residents need it most.’ The funds are earmarked for flood recovery use under an account labeled – Livingston Rises.
Residents heavily impacted by the flood will fill out an application. This application – which asks for things like the address of your flood-damaged home, why the funds are being requested, the number of people in your family and proof of income – will then be reviewed by a Livingston Rises committee. On that committee sits a representative from Waste Management and Parish leaders. This committee will review all applications. They will determine who receives a cash grant and in what amount – up to $2,000. Decisions will be based on specific needs laid out in the application.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says, ‘This means everything in the world to me. I know that many of us crave the comforts of our own home. This money will help a lot of our residents realize their dreams of getting back home sooner. This money will bypass a lot of the red tape many are dealing with from other programs. I can’t thank Waste Management enough. Waste Management has always been a great partner in Livingston Parish. Now, this company is helping us get back to life as we know and love it.’
Superintendent Rick Wentzel says, ‘I just recently walked through the halls of one of our schools. A letter to Santa written by one of our impacted students caught my eye. This child asked Santa for two things – a bottle of pop and Skittles. A simple request by a child who explained that his family was in need and couldn’t provide these items. These funds will take care of that child and so many others who find themselves in a situation for which no one could prepare. For that, I will be forever grateful to Waste Management for investing in our future. I am LP Proud!’
Sheriff Ard says, ‘I think the amount of this donation says a lot about Waste Management. It’s humbling to know there are people out there willing to help simply because they have the means to do so not because they have to. What a gift for Livingston Parish residents!’
Although this is a one-time donation, Livingston Parish and Waste Management leaders are actively researching ways in order to include other corporate sponsors. The hope is to grow the fund in order to aid Livingston Parish residents in future disasters.
Applications can be found at:
www.livingstonparishla.gov (Livingston Parish Government)
www.lpsb.org (Livingston Parish School Board)
www.lpso.org (Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office)
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