professional resume writerprofessional resume writer

Fundraise | St. Bernard Project

St. Bernard Project

Rebuilding the Homes and Lives of Katrina Survivors


Did you know the #1 reason people do not donate? It’s because they are not asked.

People around the country want to be part of the solution for families in the New Orleans and New York/New Jersey Metro Areas, but they cannot help if they aren’t asked or don’t know how. Ask your friends, your family, your company, your colleagues, and classmates to join your commitment to families affected by disasters!

There are plenty of fun, engaging ways to fundraise. Check out our Fundraising Toolkit for more ideas and resources to get started. Our staff be thrilled to support you through all stages of planning your fundraiser.

Contact the Development Department at or 504-457-8661 to get started!

Fundraising ideas to help New Orleans families rebuild

Sample Volunteer Fundraising Letter

Before you volunteer


Dear Friend:

In ________________, I am heading down to New Orleans to help rebuild homes for hardworking families who lost their home during Hurricane Katrina. I’m volunteering with the St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a prompt, efficient and predictable path to recovery for families affected by disaster.

Even though it’s been more than seven years since the storm, there is still a ton of work to do. SBP has built 470 homes to date, but I was shocked to learn that there are more than 130 families who are still on their waiting list. And 10 more people call each week asking for assistance; their average age is 61.

This is a solvable problem and I’m excited to be part of the solution. Each year, SBP recruits 10,000 volunteers to build 85+ homes. The worksites are managed by AmeriCorps members and I’ll get to meet the family whose home I’m building.

Even though you are not coming with me (this time!), you can still be part of the solution. The only barrier between families on the waiting list and moving home is the funds SBP needs to buy building materials and supplies. I’m hoping you can help me raise some funds to help rebuild homes for families in New Orleans.

If you’re in a position to donate, I hope you’ll go to and click “Donate” in the upper right hand corner. You can also mail a donation to 8324 Parc Place, Chalmette, LA 70043. If you can’t donate, it’d be great if you could help me spread the word by passing this message along, or maybe by hosting a fundraiser of your own! Every little bit helps.

Thanks for your support, and I’ll be sure to let you know how the trip goes!

Best Wishes,

After you volunteer

Dear __________________,

I spent the past week in the exciting city of New Orleans with a group from ______________. I know that when most folks think about New Orleans, they think about Mardi Gras or Bourbon Street, but I had a completely different experience. I learned what New Orleans is really about – New Orleans is all about family.

Ms./Mr. __________________ (homeowner) has been waiting 7 years to return to his/ her home. Since Hurricane Katrina, he/ she has been faced with ______________ (contractor fraud, hospitalizations, forced mortgage payoff. Their determination and persistence to return home is admirable. But he/ she needed our help.

Hurricane Katrina flooded over 80% of Orleans Parish (100% of St. Bernard Parish), and 10,000 families are still displaced from their homes. St. Bernard Project, the nonprofit rebuilding organization we served with, is completely volunteer-driven. They’ve rebuilt more than 460+ houses since the storm, and are working to deplete a current waitlist of 130 homeowners.

When we arrived, there was much to be done. The work was hard. By Thursday, my back ached, my jeans were speckled with paint, and my fingernails were dirty. But what a way to spend my trip! Without volunteers on site, the house would simply sit vacant. These homeowners need more than helping hands, though.

The average house requires approximately $25,000 of building materials. A house will not begin construction without the proper funds to rebuild. Some homeowners wait months for a grant, a corporate sponsorship, a charity group donation, or the joint efforts of hundreds of volunteers and their families who each ‘give a little.’

Would you consider joining me to ‘give a little’ and help bring home the next family on the waitlist? Consider $5, $10, or $25? Let’s make a difference, together!

To donate, go to and click “Donate” in the upper right hand corner. Your donation is a “dedication” to “Volunteer: ____________.” Every little bit helps, and please spread the word!

Thanks for your support!
Best Wishes,

Bookmark and Share