NEW ORLEANS — Omaha Storm Chasers Baseball, Union Omaha Soccer, Werner Enterprises, and NRG Media, in partnership with High Voltage New Orleans, are sending over 42,000 pounds of supplies to Louisiana after a Hurricane Ida Relief Drive. Many of the items were collected at home games during Union Omaha and Omaha Storm Chasers games at Werner Park in Nebraska. Additional building supplies were donated by ABC Supply Company.
Residents and nonprofit organizations have applied in Orleans, St. John and St. Charles Parish for roof materials donated by ABC Supply, including shingles, nails, tar paper, lumber, work gloves, and other items related to the repairs of their homes and buildings damaged in Hurricane Ida.
In addition, over 1,000 toiletry items collected at the games have been delivered to assist hurricane victims.
The Omaha Storm Chasers are a Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and Union Omaha is a USL League 1 pro soccer team. The teams partnered with NRG Media and Werner Enterprises to help spread the word and get the donated items transported to High Voltage, a New Orleans-based non-profit providing programs and support to metro area residents.
Martie Cordaro, President of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Union Omaha, is a Ruston, Louisiana native who has many family and friends throughout south and north Louisiana. “We are excited to work with High Voltage on this meaningful and needed project,” said Cordaro.
The donors chose High Voltage because of their long history of great community work and volunteer service. High Voltage is a volunteer non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2003 to provide educational and recreational programs to the homeless and economically disadvantaged youth and senior citizens of the greater New Orleans area.
All supplies were raised by the Omaha partners between Sept. 11 and 19, through games and donations in the area. Partners in addition to Omaha Storm Chasers, Union Omaha, Werner Enterprises, and NRG Media include ABC Supply of Omaha, Alliance Sports of Omaha, and of course the Chaser Family and Fans. Most of the roofing supplies were donated by ABC Supply and other partners helped cover transportation and other related costs. Special thanks goes to AmeriHealth Carita of Louisiana, Enterprise Community Partners, New Harvest Church, Louisiana VOAD, Providence Housing, and Unite the Game Foundation for their assistance in coordinating the donations.
To learn more about the Omaha Chasers go to: OmahaStormChasers.com and Union Omaha go to: UnionOmaha.com
To learn more about High Voltage, go to: highvoltageyouthcamp.org.