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17th Annual Martin…

Mar 3 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Mar 3 - 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 3 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 3 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

The Joy Theater…

Mar 3 - 3, 2015
Much like acts like The Smiths or Joy Division before them, Above & Beyond… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 3 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Jazz Pilates with…

Mar 4 - 25, 2015
The French Market and The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park are proud… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 4 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Mar 4 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 4 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

Ogden After Hours…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Join us for Ogden After Hours for Colin Lake. more

The Columns Hotel…

Mar 5 - 26, 2015
The Historical Columns Hotel with its "sophiscicated atmosphere" and… more

Yappy Hour at The…

Mar 5 - 5, 2015
Yappy Hour at the The Velvet Cactus - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Sorry, no dogs… more

Friends of the…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Local jazz band, the Panorama Jazz Band, will bookend the final concert of… more

International…

Mar 6 - 7, 2015
Now in its seventh year, the New Orleans International Children's Film… more

Jefferson Arts…

Mar 6 - 15, 2015
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many… more

Lauren Sturm - Bayou…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Performs solo acoustic piano. more

Music at the Mint…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Billie performs mainly in an avant-garde, free style painting expansive… more

Ponchatoula Antique…

Mar 6 - 8, 2015
Featuring-Antique Collectibles Booth, Fine Arts & Crafts Booth, Food Booth,… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 6 - 6, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

17th Annual Martin…

Mar 3 - 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

New Orleans Marriott Launches Turn-Key Voluntourism Program:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Orleans Marriott Launches Turn-Key Voluntourism Program: Voluntour Gumbo Pairs Groups with Projects for Big Easy Rebuilding
First-Ever Partnership with Contemplatives in Action & Bayou Rebirth
Offers Service Project Coordination & $84/Night Volunteer Rate

New Orleans, LA – December 2009 – New Orleans Marriott is meeting the demand of the group market’s increasing desire to couple programs with do-good efforts by supporting the launch of Voluntour Gumbo, a new partnership with non-profit volunteer agencies. Together with Contemplatives in Action and Bayou Rebirth, the hotel is creating a one-stop shop for those looking to make a difference in the Big Easy. Launched on Dec. 16, 2009, this exclusive collaboration is the first of its kind in New Orleans. Ideal for church and social groups, family reunions, corporations and more, the program matches group voluntourists with service projects in the region and customizes itineraries to create a personalized experience. As a special thank you to those who give back during their visit, New Orleans Marriott offers participants a special rate starting from $84 per night including taxes for 10 or more rooms, which based on quad occupancy is just $21 per person.*

“In recent years there has been a tremendous outpouring of support to help continue the rebuilding of our great city. Based on numerous requests from our group clientele seeking tailored volunteer programs, we partnered with locally-based service projects to create Voluntour Gumbo in order to cater to attendee’s varied interests,” said Melissa Thiele, senior sales manager at New Orleans Marriott and one of the founding partners of Voluntour Gumbo. “By joining forces with these local organizations we are helping to create a meaningful experience and providing the resources to ease groups’ planning process while assisting overworked and understaffed recovery agencies.”

Voluntour Gumbo, named for the native New Orleans stew that blends the cultures of the city’s history, will assign representatives to work one-on-one with groups to select appropriate projects based on the needs of both parties. Groups are assigned an on-the-ground assistant who will keep the team informed of any updates, delays, etc. Voluntour Gumbo liaisons have the ability to coordinate traditional projects such as home rebuilding or create a unique initiative based on the group’s expertise and professional experience. Groups can also develop a customized itinerary of multiple activities to cater to the varied interests of all attendees including environmental projects, working with children, animal rescue, and more.

As a long-time advocate of the city’s voluntourism movement, New Orleans Marriott will not only connect groups with Voluntour Gumbo but also offers the Build and Bond program, designed specifically for voluntour groups. The program provides a coordinator resource kit including information on area transportation companies and city guides, a complimentary meeting room, complimentary parking for 15-passenger vans, 50% off parking for personal vehicles and discounted pricing for box lunches.

Daily service fees for Voluntour Gumbo projects range from $25 per person for family, school, church or non-profit organizations to $50 per person for corporate teams. The fee supports the non-profit volunteer agencies and provides full coordination, work assignment, activity planning, and on-the-ground support. For more details about Voluntour Gumbo please visit www.voluntourgumbo.org or contact info@voluntourgumbo.org, (504) 891-8483.

To book the special volunteer rate at New Orleans Marriott call 504-553-5526 or email melissa.thiele@marriott.com. For hotel information visit www.neworleansmarriott.com.

The New Orleans Marriott
The New Orleans Marriott is located in on Canal Street in the famed French Quarter and is steps from the Central Business District, Bourbon Street and the riverfront. The hotel offers 1,329 hotel rooms including 54 suites that reflect the distinct flavor of the Big Easy with bold and stylish décor and spectacular views of the Mississippi River. The New Orleans Marriott offers 80,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes its expansive ballroom, the largest hotel ballroom in Louisiana at 27,089 square feet. The hotel completed a $38 million overhaul in late 2007 that included a brand-new lobby and adjoining lounge, a new restaurant, significant enhancements to its guestrooms, concierge lounge, meeting space, technology upgrades and more. Culinary options delight every palate. Its restaurant, 5 Fifty 5, offers modern interior décor, a wine bar and a warm and comfortable setting. It boasts a fresh approach to food and the mouthwatering cuisine based on a unique wood-fired grill concept developed by Executive Chef Mark Quitney. http://www.neworleansmarriott.com/

Contemplatives in Action
Contemplatives in Action is an urban ministry and retreat experience for New Orleans residents who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina and the city’s subsequent flooding. In addition to providing office space and resting space for local leaders, Contemplatives in Action coordinates volunteers and provides Katrina Education in order to create a more thoughtful response to our current situation. http://www.contemplativesinaction.org/

Bayou Rebirth
Founded in 2007, Bayou Rebirth is a 501(c)3 non-profit that preserves and restores communities in South Louisiana through hands-on wetlands restoration and stewardship projects. Bayou Rebirth takes local and visiting volunteers into the wetlands to learn how to plant grasses and trees. The organization also teaches local students how to build and maintain nurseries of plants which they ultimately plant themselves in local wetlands. http://www.bayourebirth.org/

*Rate is based on availability. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Minimum of 10 rooms or more required.

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