News Release

APPA Sets Up Relief Fund for Katrina Victims
For Immediate Release: 09/07/2005

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has received numerous inquiries from across the country regarding how to help colleagues in the gulf coast areas affected by hurricane Katrina. Messages received from the area indicate that specific needs are hard to define at this point, but future needs will be great for our colleagues who have lost homes and workplaces. To that end, APPA is setting up a fund for donations that at some point in the future will be dispersed to relief fund initiatives in the gulf coast to assist our colleagues who have been affected.

APPA is a non-profit, 501 C (3) organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. All donations will be processed through our secretariat services provided by the Council of State Governments (http://www.csg.org/CSG/default.htm). You may send contributions by check made payable to APPA with “Katrina” in the subject line to the following address:

American Probation and Parole Association
c/o the Council of State Governments
P.O. Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578-1910

Contributions may also be made through the APPA website at:

APPA will report to all donors the status of the fund and its disbursement via its website at http://www.appa-net.org/. 100% of your contributions will be forwarded to relief funds in the affected areas. You may also choose to donate directly to other organizations that will be assisting in recovery such as the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/ or through other reputable organizations in your area.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has also set up a fund for monetary donations:

Hurricane V Fund
Department of Corrections Credit Union
P. O. Box 94304
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9304

Thank you for your offers to aid in the recovery effort. Probation and parole are considered front line responders in any emergency and have been elbow to elbow with law enforcement and the National Guard in assisting victims and keeping order in the hardest hit areas of the gulf coast.