Generous donation to help victims of BP’s spill deserves gratitude: An editorial
Some of the Gulf Coast’s residents most affected by the BP oil spill were fishers and their families in communities across South Louisiana and other parts of the region. Many of them are still trying to obtain compensation for their economic losses, but even that money is unlikely to fully address the lingering effects of the disaster.
That’s why a $20 million fund set up by an anonymous donor to help those communities is a welcome effort. The donor established the fund through the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and the generosity is appreciated.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation, which has been tapped to distribute $5 million from the fund, announced this week the awarding of the first $1.1 million to six regional organizations that are providing economic and emotional support to victims of the spill.
The entities receiving money include Catholic Charities of New Orleans, which is helping fishers and their families suffering from depression and anxiety; Coastal Communities of New Orleans, which provides economic development services to the Vietnamese-American community, and the food bank of the Community Center of St. Bernard. The remaining grant recipients are the St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program, Catholic Charities Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and the Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Centers Foundation, which provides child and family psychiatric services.
For that, they and we are all thankful.