Global Green USA
Contact: Camille Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Green USA works to address global climate change through our green affordable housing
initiatives, National Green Schools Initiative, national and regional green building policies,
advocacy and education. In New Orleans, Global Green works to empower New Orleanians by
providing them with free and trustworthy technical assistance and energy efficiency education
that enables them to reduce their energy consumption. Energy efficiency upgrades are a powerful
way to combat climate change while improving quality of life for low and moderate income
residents, who often spend more than 25% of their income on utility bills, more than they spend
on education and health care.
To date, Global Green has provided green building information to over 20,000 New Orleans
residents and partnered with community organizations to deliver hundreds of outreach events and
workshops to the public. The need in the community is great, according to Global Green's
clients: "I was always cold. I would turn up the heat and still have to put on multiple layers of
clothes. I needed help in lowering my utility bill, but I didn't know what needed to be done."
Here's what clients have said about Global Green's services: "It's really amazing the money I
saved. With Global Green's advice I was able to help my sister - she's 85 - and help my
daughter. I live a better quality of life because of their help."
Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in home weatherization projects, which reduce
homeowners' utility bills as well as strengthen the long-term financial and environmental
sustainability of the community. Tasks consist of installing radiant barriers in attics, sealing
HVAC ducts, caulking and weatherstripping, replacing shower heads with low flow systems,
installing dual flush kits in toilets, replacing faucet aerators, and cleaning door and window
jambs. Must like working with hands; be able to tolerate crouching, bending and reaching; be
comfortable with getting dirty. Volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver of liability, and wear
long pants and close-toed shoes. Ideal team sizes are 5-15 volunteers, and would most likely be
spread out among several houses in the same neighborhood. Work hours are 10am - 4pm.
Suggested support levels to cover staff, overhead and materials costs: Green - $500; Greener
$1000; Greenest $2000.
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Volunteer Program
Contacts: Jeff Rossi, Director of Volunteers, 504-525-5678, email@example.com
Stew Krane, Volunteer Coordinator, 504-525-5678, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1988, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation has turned a $25 Million investment
into an economic impact of over $1 Billion for the City of New Orleans and the State of
Louisiana by attracting major sporting events such as the NCAA Final Four and the Super Bowl.
Without our volunteers however, this would not have been possible.
As New Orleans braces for an unprecedented run of hosting the world's greatest sporting events,
the GNOSF is currently recruiting 8,000 volunteers to help manage the Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
Volunteers, not just the athletes, are the force behind each event. Not a single event we host in
New Orleans can be a success without the commitment of our outstanding volunteer community.
Visit our website here to see our upcoming volunteer opportunities and register to Be In That
Number with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation.
Green Light New Orleans
Contact: Amanda Joseph email@example.com
Green Light New Orleans is dedicated to increasing energy efficiency and sustainable living throughout the city of New Orleans. We demonstrate that a single action can lead to big changes that benefit everyone if that action is repeated many times by many people. Since our start in 2006, we have worked with thousands of volunteers from around the country, ranging in age from elementary school to retirement. Green Light New Orleans volunteers have....
• Installed 370,000 free energy efficient light bulbs in 17,000 homes
• Saved participants $17 million in utility costs and reduced the region's carbon footprint by 170 million pounds of CO2
• Established 64 backyard gardens and 1 community garden
We have several exciting sustainability programs your group can get involved in:
Free Energy Efficient Light Bulb Program
• Install energy efficient light bulbs for local residents
• Lower utility costs and keep money in residents' pockets on a monthly basis
• Help the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of the region
• COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Experience first-hand what makes New Orleans great, and join forces with residents to create an impact in their homes
Tip the Block Program
Build on a growing sustainability movement by taking action on four core issues:
• ENERGY: Provide sustainable, energy saving solutions for residents with free energy efficient light bulbs and in-person information
• FOOD: Build backyard vegetable gardens to provide cheap and healthy food
• WATER: Clean and mark storm drains to reduce floodwater and pollution
• PEOPLE: Work directly with residents to meet their sustainability goals
Any size group can help. We have recently worked with the following groups:
• ELCA 2012 Youth Gathering - 2,400 volunteers
• AARP National Convention- 400 volunteers
• Entergy Inc. - 70 volunteers
Green Light New Orleans encourages individuals to take action to change the way we use limited natural resources and to increase the sustainability of New Orleans residents so that everybody can benefit from a vibrant, resilient, and sustainable community. Whether you're in town for a day or a month, for business or for pleasure, you can have a direct positive impact on New Orleans by signing up to volunteer with Green Light New Orleans.
For more information on how you can get involved with Green Light New Orleans during your trip, visit their voluntourism guide.
Hands On New Orleans
Contact: Peyton Juneau
HandsOn New Orleans, a HandsOn Network affiliate and volunteer center for the Greater New
Orleans area, transforms communities through volunteer service and leadership development.
Since 2006, HandsOn New Orleans has provided local and visiting volunteers with the tools,
housing and training necessary to strengthen and rebuild communities.
Through our Hands@Work Program we can create volunteer service opportunities designed to
meet your group's strategic objectives and address community identified needs. Our services are
broad and are aimed at simplifying your role in volunteer management and increasing the impact
of your volunteer program.
Standard offerings include: volunteer organization and management; site selection; program
planning and execution; and opportunities to participate in year-round partnership activities.
Regardless of the size or scope of your customized employee volunteer program, we will work
with you to create a meaningful project that creates lasting change in the communities you serve.
Types of projects offered: Choose from projects that address critical needs in the areas of
education, youth, community and/or environment.
Maximum number of volunteers accepted: 250
Black-out dates: Holidays and Sundays
Volunteer Opportunities Calendar
Length of service projects: We can assist you in making a difference in the course of a few hours
or an entire day.
Donation: Please contact the Executive Director for more information on the volunteer
management sponsorship levels; this may vary based on the size and scope of the group. The
donation supports the costs of materials, safety equipment, and insurance for the overall project,
project management and coordination.
"Volunteering to help the people of New Orleans reconnected me to the city while I formed life-long bonds with my fellow volunteers from my organization." Chris Whitney, Hands@Work Partner from Kaiser Permanente
Hike For KaTREEna
Contact : Connie Uddo, Merri Kay Graves
New Orleans suffered many losses in Katrina and its aftermath. One of the major casualties was
trees. Over 100,000 trees were lost. In 2006, Monique Pilie, hiked 2,175 miles of the
Appalachian Trail to raise awareness of the storm's impact on the city's tree-scape and to raise
money to begin replanting the city . Thus, in 2007 the grass root, non profit, Hike For Katreena
organization was born. Hike For Katreena has planted 8,000 trees as of January 2011 and
continues it's goal to replace the 100,000 trees lost.
Volunteers are welcome to join us by planting trees through out the city of New Orleans. We
plant parks, schools, public medians and residential homes. Volunteers also assist in the mulching,
trimming and maintenance of new trees planted by the city and Hike For Katreena.
· All ages are welcome to join us ... young children and families love planting trees!!
· Projects range from half day (9-12 or 12 -3) to full day (9-3). we are flexible on hours
· We ask for an in-kind donation of $10 per person per day for small groups and $50 per person per day for
groups over 40 people to cover our planting expenses.
· Money to purchase trees is always welcomed
· Volunteers provide own transportation and lunch
· Water, gloves and equipment is provided by HFK
· T-shirts are available for purchase on website or worksite. Corporate groups can contact
us about pre-purchasing for their workday.
Homes for Our Troops
Contact: Autumn Oster
(508) 823-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. We are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. It is our duty and our honor to assist severely injured Veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.
An eligible Veteran or service member may receive a Veterans Administration Specially Adapted Housing Grant up to a maximum amount of $63,780. Homes for Our Troops' assistance covers all costs over and above this grant to ensure that the home is provided at no cost to the recipient.
Contact: Alejandro Cardemil
(202) 464-6066, email@example.com
KaBOOM! is the national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in North America. Since 1995, KaBOOM! has used its signature community build model to bring together business, foundation and community interests to construct over 2,000 new play spaces and in communities where they are needed most. Benefits to working with KaBOOM!:
KaBOOM!'s track record of creating playspaces and affecting social change is reflected in the following milestones:
Our done-in-a-day playgrounds are inspirational, results-driven events that our Funding Partners come back for again and again. The community-build process kicks off with Design Day where local children help design the new play space, and adult volunteers from the community begin the planning process. Each week following the Design Day, a KaBOOM! Project Manager works with the planning committee (made up largely of community volunteers, along with representatives from the Funding Partner) to help them organize logistics for the day of the build. This 10-week planning period culminates in Build Day, where 200 community and corporate volunteers work side-by-side to build a shiny, new, kid-designed playground... all in a single day!
These KaBOOM!-led projects are proven models of how building a playground can strengthen people's faith in themselves and in their communities. Not only is a space transformed, but the people who made it possible also change because of the experience - and they walk away knowing that they have the skills to tackle other issues and make a difference in their communities. KaBOOM! It Starts With a Playground.
Contact: Ray Thomas
This grass-roots organization works with multiple groups and hosts a variety of different project
opportunities. Service projects cover various locations around New Orleans, including RSD
schools, rebuilding, house gutting, mold remediation, land preservation, mentoring and other
community outreach projects. Katrina Corps provides lunches, transportation, tools and
beverages. We charge a fee per head to cover cost of equipment, lunches and transportation (if
needed). Contributions vary, but they average $10 to $20. Though all time helping is appreciated,
4 to 6 hour per days works best. Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately i.e. no opentoed
sandals, wear a hat or head covering. Safety equipment is provided.
New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity
Contact: Jenna Mitchell, 504-861-2077, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) builds houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, and partner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. NOAHH was founded in 1983 and has provided assistance to over 3,000 homeowners through new construction, repairs and gutting. NOAHH welcomes volunteers daily, Tuesday through Saturday, and offers a turn-key volunteer opportunity for all groups. The affiliate has experience in deploying upwards of 3,000 volunteers daily for a single work project as well as identifying key opportunities for volunteers of all ages and skillsets. The affiliate has welcomed volunteer groups from Whirlpool, Anheuser-Busch, Home Depot, Shell, National Association of Realtors, Circle K, Alpha Kappa Alpha. Whether it is a social, military, educational, fraternal or association meeting, NOAHH can provide a well-planned volunteer experience.
Work day begins at 7:45 a.m. with a worksite introduction, includes a break for lunch and ends at 3:30 p.m. with clean up lasting until 4:00 p.m. All equipment is provided by NOAHH.
New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD)
Contact: Vic Richard, Director
New Orleans City Hall
The New Orleans Recreation Department is the official department for youth programs.
A majority of their parks and playspots were damaged in the flood. They are in need of
volunteers to help clean up and restore parks and playspots. They are also in needs of youth
sports equipment, playground equipment, uniform and sporting goods and supplies.
Preservation Resource Center's Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Contact: Gabe Sneller
Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO) is a program of the Preservation Resource Center and has been revitalizing homes and communities in New Orleans for 24 years. RTNO's mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, single-guardians, and first responders can live in warmth, safety, and independence. In partnership with communities, our goal is to make a sustainable impact. We currently work in seven different neighborhoods including: St. Roch, Broadmoor, Holy Cross, Treme, Hollygrove, Mid-City, and Gentilly.
RTNO does not do new construction; it is all rehabilitation of pre-existing homes damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
RTNO has experience working with individuals and groups of all sizes, from all backgrounds, with varying degrees of skills. Please note that all volunteers must be over the age of 18 to participate. Groups are responsible for housing, meals, and transportation to and from the work site. A typical work week is Monday-Thursday from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM. We prefer that you make at least a 2-day commitment to volunteer. Flexible opportunities are available; please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
Groups larger than 10 people may be placed on two or more worksites. The type of work performed by volunteers varies widely according to the workscope of the house. The jobs may consist of interior or exterior painting, laying flooring, light carpentry or landscaping, to name a few.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information on the volunteer management fee; this may vary based on the size and scope of the group. This fee supports the costs of build materials, safety equipment, insurance for the overall project, port-o-lets, transportation of materials and RTNO staff to and from the worksite, etc. This fee also includes a RTNO t-shirt.
Projects with Purpose
Contact: Juli Miller Hart
Projects with Purpose is a volunteer matchmaker headquartered in New Orleans, orchestrating
Humanitarian Events from start to finish for meeting groups and corporations all over the
country! When you identify your area of interest, we will coordinate your Volunteer Experience
from start to finish! Together, we create an opportunity for team building that creates loyalty,
goodwill and provides a lasting contribution in an area that needs your help!
Charter Management Organization
Contact: Carol Asher
Live Oak and Laurel schools, both in the Irish Channel, are in need of renovations. We would
love to have some help with painting classrooms, decorating hallways, cleaning closets, hanging
banners, decorating classrooms, reorganizing our libraries and helping the teachers get settled
into these buildings. Any help from convention groups, both large and small, would be greatly
appreciated for these two inner city schools. These are the two lowest performing schools in the
city that have just recently been converted to charter schools and are starting the new year with
an entirely new staff and new culture. The majority of the staff is a mixture of young teachers
and more seasoned veterans.
Restore the Earth Foundation Inc.
Contact: P.J. Marshal: email@example.com
Leslie Carrere firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a Gulf Saver! Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Take action to help restore Louisiana wetlands, wildlife habitat and forests damaged by hurricanes and the oil spill.
Join us in an empowering experience, doing something uniquely positive to restore one of the most important at risk ecosystems in the U.S.
Why is this Louisiana coastal ecosystem so important -- 40 percent of US coastal wetlands are in Louisiana; 90 percent of coastal wetland loss occurs in Louisiana (a football field every hour). The Louisiana Gulf Coast provides: 30 percent of US crude oil production; 20 percent of US natural gas production; 30 percent of US domestic sea food; 20 percent of US commercial fishing catch; 18 percent of Waterborne commerce; 5 of the 15 largest US ports; nine National Wildlife Refuges totaling 280,000 acres; No. 1 winter habitat for millions of migratory birds; and the nursery and beginning of the food chain for the Caribbean Basin.
Gain a better understanding of the State of the Gulf today, the impact of the hurricanes and oil spill, and the long term recovery process. Interact with the people who depend on, live, work and enjoy the recreational opportunities in this critical environmental ecosystem.
Restore the Earth Foundation Inc a 501(c)(3) has a successful track record of responding to critical restoration challenges with "boots on the ground" models. To-date with its successful reforestation initiatives, 30,000 acres of hurricane damaged forests have been restored. Restore the Earth's Gulf Saver wetland restoration is an in innovative solution that restores valuable wetlands and wildlife habitats.
Restore the Earth Foundation Inc will work with you to fully coordinate your high impact environmental restoration volunteer activity. With your contribution, you can leave the Gulf Coast a little bit better with just a few hours or days.
Please contact Restore the Earth Foundation for restoration work scope, requirements and fees. Environmental restoration is a major and rewarding commitment.
St. Bernard Project
Contact: St. Bernard Project's Volunteer Department
St. Bernard Project (SBP) is an innovative, award-winning non-profit serving vulnerable families, senior citizens and disabled residents struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by natural, economic and man-made disasters. Over 40,000 SBP volunteers have rebuilt 430+ houses for hard-working American families. Our work is recognized by The White House, US News and World Report and Co-Founder Liz McCartney is 2008 CNN Hero of the Year. Partnerships with major organizations, including Toyota, UPS, Zurich, Cisco and the United Way of Greater New Orleans get families home faster and more efficiently through volunteerism, funding, and providing skill-based labor.
SBP offers turnkey, fully customizable volunteer experiences to meet the needs and goals of today's conventioneers . We provide all of the tools and coordination necessary to rebuild client-owned homes, and no construction skills are necessary. Volunteers are well supervised by AmeriCorps members who are on site at all times to oversee construction, answer questions and provide a background about SBP and our homeowners.
The experience builds camaraderie, increases community awareness and has an immediate impact on New Orleans. Your volunteerism and investment in SBP will have a substantial affect on this city, and we guarantee that we'll make a mark on your life, too: "You will feel great walking way knowing that you made an impact on families in New Orleans who will finally be able to celebrate their next birthday and anniversary in the comfort of their own home for the first time in nearly seven years." - Zack Rosenburg, CEO and Co-Founder. Volunter@StBernardProject.org.
St. Margaret's Daughters Home
Contact: Helen Pellegrini
An assisted- living facility for elderly women.
St. Paul's Homecoming Center
St. Paul's Homecoming Center, an outreach of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, is a Hurricane
Katrina Recovery Center that assists residents in the rebuilding of their homes and lives.
The Center opened its doors in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans in August 2006 and
relocated to the Gentilly neighborhood in January of 2009. The Center has been recognized
nationally as a model for neighborhood recovery.
ST. Paul's Homecoming Center offers 2 service opportunities:
1. Homeowner Assistance\volunteer program- This program was designed to meet the need
of the skilled and unskilled volunteer, as well as helping residents that have run out of
funds to rebuild or put the finishing touches on a home. Volunteers generally, paint
inside and outside of homes, lay sod, install gardens, and hang sheetrock and insulation.
Volunteers with construction skills are utilized for rebuilding projects.
2. Our Center has been actively involved in a restoration of a school and gym in the Gentilly area. The facility is being converted to a community center that will serve over 20,000 households.
ST. Paul's Homecoming Center welcomes groups of all ages and sizes. Corporate groups, faithbased
groups, student groups as well as individual volunteers are welcome to join with us.
· Groups can work full days from 9-3 or half days from 9-12.
· $10 per volunteer per day donation is requested to cover projects costs for small
· $50 per volunteer per day for groups over 40 or more to cover project costs.
· All equipment is on site
St. Paul's Homecoming Center has hosted over 50,000 volunteers since hurricane Katrina. We
work very hard to ensure the volunteers a productive experience. Residents are usually on site
providing water, snacks and at times, a good pot of Gumbo or Jambalaya. Volunteers are getting
an opportunity to experience a one on one relationship with someone that suffered tremendous
loss. This provides a meaningful and for many, a life-changing experience.
Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR)
STAIR deals with a significant educational issue in the New Orleans area: children's literacy!
Children who can't read are more likely to fail academically and then drop out of school,
especially in our community. According to A Portrait of Louisiana 2009, "Research suggests
that if all adults in the state had at least a high school diploma about 85,000 fewer
Louisianans would live in poverty, median personal earnings would increase by more than
$1,700 per year, there would be 62 fewer murders, and 10,000 fewer people would be behind
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010, STAIR has brought more than 300,000 hours of
dedicated volunteer service to its partner public schools to help nearly 6,000 students excel over
the years by providing free one-on-one after school tutoring in reading to at-risk, second-grade,
public elementary school students who are in danger of academic failure. STAIR continues to be
a successful children's literacy program in the Greater New Orleans area.
STAIR's mission is
· to increase the reading level of "skill deficient" children;
· to increase each participant's sense of self-esteem by providing a program which
expands each child's knowledge of self and the world of reading;
· to provide a caring environment which will promote a more meaningful dialogue
among multi-ethnic volunteers, children, teachers and parents.
Financial: Monetary donations can be made online at www.stairnola.org or mailed to
STAIR, 1545 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Supplies: New #2 pencils
New 24 count boxed crayons
New 3x5 white index cards
New drilled white loose leaf paper
New dry erase markers
New glue sticks
Stop Hunger Now
Contact: Matt Casteel
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 12 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Stop Hunger Now's meal packaging program is a fun, hands-on international mission project for everyone that encourages team building and provides the opportunity to have an exponential and sustainable international impact. Our assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief.
The New Orleans Mission
Contact: Loretta Smith
An organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless individuals.
The Phoenix of New Orleans (PNOLA)
Contact: Andrea Blumenstein, Outreach Coordinator
The Phoenix of New Orleans (PNOLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the
recovery of the residents of Lower Mid-City New Orleans and the surrounding neighborhoods by
rebuilding quality affordable housing and by developing the community assets necessary for a
There's No Place Like Home NationalTM, a program of Jeanie C. Linders Fund
Contact: 407-478-1700, email@example.com
This organization is building 12 homes in New Orleans, the first home to be completed in
October 2008. Volunteers can be doing anything from painting, cleaning up, landscaping, etc., in
whatever time allotment they can offer. Groups of 10 work best, 40 at a time per job.
United Saints Recovery Project
Office: (504) 895-2922 Ext. 108
The United Saints Recovery Project is a grassroots, 501c3 rebuilding organization located in
Central City, New Orleans. We assist economically disadvantaged homeowners in rebuilding
their homes that were either damaged by the hurricanes and/or blight. We welcome volunteers of
any skill level.
Volunteer work would consist of painting and/or light construction. We can accommodate small
and large groups and can organize half day, full day, and weeklong projects. We also have
volunteer housing available for individuals and groups up to 85.
The United Saints provides:
§ Project coordination
§ Tools and equipment
§ Experienced team leaders
§ Orientation and safety training
Please contact us for additional information and rates.