This page is lovingly sponsored as tribute to Henriette Delille who pledged to live in community to work for orphan girls, the uneducated, the poor, the sick and the elderly among the free people of color, thus founding the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family. Henriette Delille is the first United States native-born African American whose cause for canonization has been officially opened by the Catholic Church.
Since Katrina, many people associate volunteering in New Orleans with rebuilding and construction efforts. Those types of projects are numerous, but there are many ways to contribute to the city’s revitalization. You can always find current volunteer jobs on Craigslist. You can also explore the options listed here. Thanks in advance for lending the city your talents and time.
Bayou Rebirth Wetlands Education is looking for volunteers to assist in efforts to help maintain and ameliorate area wetlands. Go to www.bayourebirth.org for further information.
Over 700 individuals volunteer at The Green Project every year. Some come for one day as part of a group. Others live just around the corner and help out for a few hours every week. Click here to find out what volunteer opportunities await you at The Green Project.
HandsOn New Orleans provides volunteer coordination and support for non-profit agencies throughout the year and during times of disaster. Sample service projects offered by HandsOn New Orleans include neighborhood and park clean-ups, cooking and serving meals to the city’s homeless and hungry, building and maintaining community gardens, revitalizing schools and more. A list of volunteer opportunities is available on its project calendar at www.handsonneworleans.org.
Jackson Barracks Museum needs volunteers to work for the Louisiana National Guard Museum. Volunteers prepare military aircraft, vehicles, and equipment for display. Call David at 504-837-0175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is a 501(c)(3) environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the state’s oil refineries and chemical plants. Its mission is to support communities use of grassroots action to become informed, sustainable neighborhoods free from industrial pollution. The EPA-approved “bucket” is an easy to use air-sampling device that fenceline neighbors use to document pollution in their neighborhoods. The purpose is to assist fenceline neighbors in their campaigns to make industry accountable for its pollution. Though the bucket is an important part of the assistance we provide, it is only one part of a tool box that includes assistance with organizing, media and other types of sampling. These tools help community groups achieve their goals, be it relocation away from a polluting facility, reduced pollution, or a moratorium on facility expansions. The more evidence the communities gather, the more power they have to achieve their goals. More info at www.labucketbrigade.org.
lowernine.org is dedicated to training residents and volunteers in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the numerous skills necessary to bring this century-old historic neighborhood back to life in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These skills run the gamut from basic to advanced house construction and rebuilding but also include community gardening projects, emotional and social support services, social outreach and community development. The organization offers its services to all people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, physical abilities, religious beliefs or economic status. Contact lowernine.org to find out about the volunteer opportunities that it offers.
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers many volunteer opportunities suitable for both locals and travelers. Its mission is to advocate for the animals of Louisiana by advancing their welfare, promoting their interests, and fostering the human/animal bond through innovative programs, education, and service. Unleash your heart and unleash the fun!
Operation REACH and Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps seek college student volunteers to help provide recreation and education opportunities for area youth. For more info go to www.thegyac.org and www.operationreach.org.