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Cajun Navy Relief Inc

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14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After being rescued from my flooding home in a previous storm, I jumped at the chance to join this amazing organization and help others in need. Since joining, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in multiple hurricane deployments. CNR partners with local authorities to help them succeed in identifying and evacuating people that are in need. I can’t begin to tell you how much of a life changing experience being in this organization has been. Helping people that are in need is at the core of my heart, and the unbelievable thanks and gratification you get from helping your neighbor is an indescribably amazing feeling. If ever there was a phenomenal organization to support, it would be the Cajun Navy Relief.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CNR saved our butts in Houston during Harvey. There would have been so many casualties had they not come. Will be forever grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with CNR as a dispatcher during their rescue games for boaters. It was a competition to teach both boater and dispatcher alike how to help people and communicate with fellow organizations.

They take this seriously, and care about getting folks out of the water.

Jessica Marie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with cajun navy relief for well over a year - 4 hurricanes and I have never met a more professional and organized group of volunteers. Cajun navy relief is comprised of good people working tirelessly and many times using their own money and property to help save others and repair their property after a disaster.

Alaina Hebert C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been here since day one and couldn’t imagine not having CNR a part of my life. We have built a family. Legacy. Something to leave for our children to continue.

Ann D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cajun Navy Relief works year round to train and prepare for the possibility of being needed. Volunteers contribute countless hours to learning how to do their part efficiently and well. Built from people just wanting to help other people, CNR continues in the same tradition. Completely volunteer run and managed, this has become the go to rescue organization when an area is flooded and its people and animals need help that most others can't give.

Sarah O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since August 2016 when 1/3 of Louisiana flooded, I have been a part of this amazing organization. The people are like my family.

We all have the same heart for helping our neighbors. None of us can sit idly by while disaster strikes. We have to help. From boaters to behind the scenes, it's a beautiful sight to see when we activate to disaster areas.

God bless CNR!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hurricane Harvey, 2017. Kingwood, TX. Prior to that fateful storm - never heard of the Cajun Navy. My son, wife and 2 young children were suddenly in 3 feet of water in a never-flooded home - outside of the 500 year flood plain. In the back of a subdivision with no un-flooded entrances or exits. Local authorities were scarce and couldn't access the area. The entire county was emotionally gridlocked and panicking.

The Cajun Navy showed up - I swear out of nowhere. They very carefully and professionally loaded the family and neighbors, and transported all by personal boat to the nearest high ground a few miles away. Then disappeared again into the rapids to save even more. Over and over again. They knew what to do while we had no clue.

Long hours; selfless work. Dangerous conditions; no fear. The courage of America - these heroes are the backbone of how goodness defines itself.

My grandchildren's memory is that of an adventuresome boat ride. How awesome is it that these guys are so well trained and ready that they present to impressionable young minds that this is no big deal - everything is under control. How amazing is it that without them, the city of Houston's citizens would have been in a lot deeper trouble than we had. And we were in DEEP trouble.

Thank you, all tireless volunteers of the Cajun Navy. I did not know how lucky we are to be your neighbors; all of Houston does now. And so does Louisiana, and South Carolina, and Florida....

Marie-Isabelle P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Cajun Navy Relief. I have also worked as a manager in the non-profit industry since 2000.

I am so impressed with this group! We are a 100% volunteer organization. We have no paid staff. Our volunteers work around the clock in the aftermath of disaster to ensure that people can evacuate safely and have access to immediate needs.

One of the other things I enjoy about working with Cajun Navy Relief is the culture of collaboration that is being built within the organization. This organization works with disaster relief agencies, governmental agencies, church groups, and animal rescue organizations. Our volunteers represent the entire political spectrum. At the end of the day, we are all able to work together to save lives. It is beautiful to witness the culture of mutual aid that Cajun Navy Relief inspires in the aftermath of disaster.

Cody B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Honored to call Shawn a friend and see what he’s doing and how he’s doing it. No fame, no expected camera time, no benefiting for his personal benefit. Great organization doing great things.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization to work with. They care more about people then notarity.

Betsey U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cajun Navy Relief will have my undying support for the critical work they do after hurricane and flooding disasters. My first experience was watching these guys descend upon New Orleans and do what the government couldn't, respond with agility saving lives. I joined and worked with them after Harvey. They smoothly and professionally coordinated thousands of volunteers stepping into the immediate aftermath making those who could help do it effectively. After Florence it became even clearer that this organization fills a critical gap during these events. There are several groups with Cajun Navy in their names, but this one is the most effective at coordinating a bunch of disconnected volunteers and uses funds for relief instead of overhead.

Kelly N.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with the Cajun Navy Relief organization for the first time during Hurricane Harvey. My first impression was that they were a very close group that was first and foremost interested in the safety of their volunteers. We made over 300 rescues in the Vidor Texas area as a direct result of their guidance and dispatch. Since then, I have had the opportunity to watch them evolve into an even more structured and organized team with the activations for Hurricane Florence and Michael. We noticed their communications were even better, and they seem to be continuously looking for ways to improve the accuracy of the real-time data which helps us volunteers saves lives. I do, however, find myself often explaining that not all the outfits that using the name "Cajun Navy" are part of this organization. My team Guerrilla Search & Rescue228 - GSAR is proud to have been able to help and volunteer for CAJUN NAVY RELIEF and would continue to do so as long as they allow us. They are a great organization and a great group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with the cajun navy during Hurricane Harvey on their social media team. What we would do is find where people were posting online saying they or their family was in trouble, get phone numbers from them, and find out how high the waters were. We did thousands of rescues there, but I will never, ever forget having people tell us the water was up to their waist and they had no idea what to do. And then getting a tweet back saying they had been rescued. It was hard not to be moved to tears. The men and women of the cajun navy are America's disaster relief force, and show just what people can do when we work together to help each other. That's why I am recommending them as an amazing nonprofit.