A Message to our friends in Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Grand Isle from Chairman Stephen Peltier and the BCF Board of Directors
As you consider your end of year giving options, we invite you to give to an organization that is close to our hearts – the Bayou Community Foundation.
I know you’re probably wondering, “Why? What makes them so special?” After all, if you’re like me, you are receiving a lot of “asks” these days. Well, here’s why…
Because your gift to the Bayou Community Foundation (BCF) has the power to solve some of Lafourche and Terrebonne’s most critical issues – like mental health care, families going hungry, teens turning to crime instead of school and work, children who can’t read, and our coastal crisis that is driving residents out. And YOUR GIFT STAYS HERE – in OUR COMMUNITY.
Your generous gift says, “Yes! Our home is worth it!” when so many others would say, “That’s not my problem.”
You are a loyal champion for our local community and you know better than anyone why our unique, blessed community is worth saving.
You probably also know that forces beyond our control threaten our home and the health and prosperity of our friends and family.
Lafourche, Terrebonne, and Grand Isle are being challenged at every turn by state and federal budget cuts, lack of federal support for our levees and coastal restoration, and an economic crisis that has put many of our neighbors out of work and in need of a little extra help from neighbors like us.
Your gift will be put to work by the BCF to attack these challenges head- on and build a stronger, more resilient Bayou Region.
Since 2012, champions like you who have invested in BCF have funded 66 grants totaling nearly $600,000 to nonprofits in our community for mental health care programs and other human services, education and workforce development, and coastal preservation.
IT’S SIMPLE – With one gift to BCF, you can help fill many critical needs in our community and support many important nonprofit programs!
Because of donors like you, 135 at-risk youth in East Houma improved their reading skills and grades with after-school and summer tutoring this year, and 14 disabled Native American residents received training and job placement so they could go to work.
More than 11,847 prescriptions were filled at no charge for the elderly and the poor on fixed incomes, and 236 pre-schoolers received free books in their mailboxes each month so they could learn to read and learn to love reading.
And this is just the beginning of how BCF donors like you are making Lafourche and Terrebonne stronger in the face of adversity.
We all know that the next year will be another tough one economically for our community. But your gift to BCF will make a difference!
Here in our Bayou Region, we are used to pulling up our bootstraps and doing what we need to do to get the job done. Time and time again, residents like us have stood up for our local community when government has not or could not do it. Now is that time.
Please join us in giving to the Bayou Community Foundation and strengthening our Bayou Region!