Many chances to volunteer or find help coming up

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 13, 2012

As St. John the Baptist Parish continues on the road to recovery following Hurricane Isaac, assorted volunteer and recovery efforts are in full swing all throughout the parish. The following is a small list of events taking place this month.

A clothing drive will take place today from 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rising Star Baptist Church, 620 Cardinal St. in LaPlace. All clothing was donated by an out of state agency and will be available for St. John Parish families in need.

The 40th Judicial Children and Youth Services Planning Board is also holding a clothing drive today on the grounds of River Parishes Hospital from noon to 4 p.m. Suicide prevention information and assorted refreshments will be provided. Anyone who would like to donate should contact Bernell Charles at 504-570-4885 for more information.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the parish will sponsor a Senate Insurance Committee Oversight Meeting for residents and businesses that were affected by Hurricane Isaac. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the St. John Community Center, 2900 U.S. Highway 51, LaPlace. Residents and business owners should come prepared to discuss any insurance problems they have been facing since Hurricane Isaac. Insurance companies have been invited to attend this meeting to answer questions and hear concerns.

Other community events include the 29th annual National Night Out Against Crime Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Any residents interested in hosting a night out party should contact the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-652-7058 or register at

The parish has also opened basketball league registration for boys and girls ages 5-14. Contact Deborah Poche with the Parks and Recreation Department at 985-652-9569 ext. 1168, or at The deadline to register is Nov. 5.

The parish has new hotlines for home repair and volunteer assistance. For home repair help, call 985-359-0254. For volunteer assistance, residents can call 985-359-1024. The parish is expecting more than 100 volunteers to be working throughout affected areas completing work orders that have been called into the home repair hotline.