St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

ArcelorMittal Donates $50,000 toward Rebuilding Efforts in St. John

ArcelorMittal Donates $50,000 toward Rebuilding Efforts in St. John

Friday, September 28, 2012

ArcelorMittal, a local steel production facility in LaPlace, contributed $50,000 toward rebuilding supplies for St. John Parish residents.  The supplies will be allocated to volunteer and non-profit organizations to repair homes based on the greatest needs. Residents can call the Volunteer Assistance Hotline at (985) 359-0254 Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or email to register for volunteer assistance in their homes.

The donation to the “Hurricane Isaac Recovery Fund” will be used toward purchasing large volumes of rebuilding supplies such as sheetrock, sheetrock mud, screws, and other materials to assist with rebuilding homes in the St. John area. “We understand the importance of families being able to return to their homes.  The donation will support this effort by providing specific rebuilding materials that will be effective in getting residents back into their homes,” said Kristen Barney, Human Resource Manager at ArcelorMittal.

Volunteer Chris Henkel from City Impact Organization in Cincinnati, Ohio, understands the need for materials as she has worked on homes every day since she arrived last week. “Our volunteers are excited to have a commitment from ArcelorMittal and St. John Parish that gives us what we need to make a major difference in the community and help homeowners move forward,” said Henkel. 

“ArcelorMittal is a true local partner and leader in our community and we are grateful for their contribution.  This is a giant step toward returning our residents to their homes and making St. John Parish better and stronger,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
A volunteer reception center is now open in LaPlace for anyone interested in volunteering or in need of volunteer assistance.  The center is located at New Wine Christian Fellowship Church, 1929 W. Airline Hwy, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Organized groups of volunteers are encouraged to visit the site, but individuals interested in volunteering are also welcome. 

Monetary donations are also needed to assist in purchasing materials and supplies to facilitate long-term recovery. Please go to or make a check payable to “Hurricane Isaac Recovery Fund” and mail it to First National Bank, 377 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace, LA 70068. All donations are tax deductible and will go directly to recovery efforts. There are no administrative fees associated with the donation.

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