Help Louisiana Recover From Historic Floods With Burners Without Borders

Right after the 2005 Burn, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast of the United States sparked the relief effort that would become Burners Without Borders. Now more flooding has beset the region, and BWB volunteers have come to help. It’s a tough situation, and they could use more help. Dietrich McGaffey writes:

People are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, outraged, desperate, and more all at the same time. It doesn’t even make sense to start a conversation with “How are you?” anymore because, fucking duh, it’s pretty awful, and how are you, sir? What do you do when 100% of your belongings are not just trash, but toxic to your health from sewage, mold, and fungus? When you have to give up home and shelter? Give away your family pet? (…)

Louisiana will need support for many months to come. Please don’t just like this post, don’t just share it. By which I mean, Do share! Don’t just be a clicktivist or hashtag activist. Find some action to participate in your community. So many things are going crazy in the world right now– flooding here in LA, the DAPL protest, earthquakes in Oklahoma and Italy. We do not need your thoughts and prayers, your likes and shares. We need your action. What are you doing this weekend?

If you’d like to volunteer, please go to the BWB Louisiana Flood Web Page and fill out our volunteer form.

Read more about the effort on the Burners Without Borders website.

About the author: Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell

is the publisher of the Burning Man Journal, the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter, and the Burning Man website. His playa name is Argus. He co-wrote a big story about spending 24 hours at the Temple of Juno in 2012. He’s been a Burner since 2008. Email: argus@burningman.org / Twitter: @GoForArgus

5 Comments on “Help Louisiana Recover From Historic Floods With Burners Without Borders

  • Ryan says:

    is any length of time for on site volunteerism encouraged, or is a minimum commitment recommended to aid in group efficiency?

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    • Jon Mitchell says:

      Hey Ryan. If you’re interested in joining up, I’m sure it couldn’t hurt to fill out the form anyway and see what they need.

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      • Ryan says:

        did it, loved it, made life long friends, made a huge difference. zero hassles; Burners Without Borders is super organized, and we were plugged into jobs immediately. the dangerous jobs (mucking, gutting) are done by professional crews, so helping in the distribution center was where we spent our 3 days.

        underwear, powdered laundry detergent, and sunny dispositions still needed. if you can swing it, do it! couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday. Peak Live Experience! Thank you Burners w/o Borders for making volunteerism easy for the wayward traveler.

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  • Katherine says:

    I have a bunch of shoes and clothing both male and female that I would like to donate. Would that be of any use and if so, where can I send it to?

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