General Volunteer Assistance

New Orleans' non-profit organizations provide the perfect environment for your attendees to give back to the city while leaving a lasting impression on its residents. By selecting one of the following organizations, you will ensure that your attendees have an unforgettable and enriching experience in the Crescent City.  

Camp Restore
Contact: Alyssa McCormack
504-242-2636, alyssa@camprestore.org
www.camprestore.org, facebook.com/camprestore

Restore and be restored! Join us and our 80-plus nonprofit partners throughout Greater New Orleans as we work to restore faith, home and community. Since 2006 we've hosted over 20,000 volunteers of all ages who've invested their time, talent and gifts in making a difference in NOLA.

From planting trees in the wetlands to rebuilding homes to visiting the elderly, we help volunteer groups engage a wide range of opportunities for service alongside New Orleans' local volunteer base.

Three meals a day featuring traditional New Orleans recipes, lodging and project coordination are provided for a fee of $35 per person per night. Rates and options are adjustable for groups staying offsite and those with other considerations.

Located on the campus of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Chef Menteur Hwy, Camp Restore is less than 15 minutes away from the French Quarter via I-10 and is charter-bus-friendly.

Crescent City Connections
Contact: Annie Daskovsky
847-687-3419, annie@crescentcityconnections.org
http://www.crescentcityconnections.org/  

Crescent City Connections offers customized volunteer experiences for conferences and conventions who are looking for a unique and memorable way to engage with New Orleans and each other. With over 10,000 hours of volunteer and event coordination experience, C3NOLA makes it easy to create a lasting impact on your members and on the Crescent City.

Dress for Success - New Orleans Chapter
Contact: Diane B. Lyons, Dress for Success Board Member
504-524-1227, dlyons@accent-dmc.com

The New Orleans Chapter of Dress for Success's mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a support network and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life! Through job preparation, employment retention and career development programs, Dress for Success New Orleans addresses the needs of low income women by promoting economic security and self-sufficiency to break the chains of generational poverty. It's true that giving back builds better communities, but it doesn't always have to involve heavy lifting! There are numerous volunteer opportunities - be a personal shopper assisting with clothes choices; sort clothes donations or host a suit drive or have a unique interactive teambuilding exercise for your group....a "Project Runway" style event is fun and fabulous! Encourage your attendees to participate and support this amazing program.

Friends of the Jefferson Animal Shelter
Contact: Julie Bowen
504-400-5834, jfaskittens@yahoo.com
www.fjas.petfinder.com

Friends of the Jefferson Animal Shelter is a non-profit all- volunteer organization whose mission is to assist the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. We need volunteers for Pet Adoption Days, the Shelter Dog Socialization Program, our Kitten Fostering Program, and to help out at the Purr Pad, our offsite cat adoption center at Jefferson Feed. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Volunteer Program
Contacts: Jeff Rossi, Director of Volunteers, 504-525-5678, jrossi@gnosf.org
Stew Krane, Volunteer Manager, 504-525-5678, skrane@gnosf.org
http://gnosports.com/

Founded in 1988, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation exists to manage and attract major sporting events to the Greater New Orleans area, thereby creating lasting economic impacts to benefit the region at large.

Although, none of this would be possible without our great volunteers!  Over the last 3 years, our volunteers have helped create a $1 Billion economic impact for the Greater New Orleans region by working over 86,000 hours in over 21,000 volunteer positions. 

Our thousands of volunteers are involved with every aspect of our events, from greeting visitors at the airport and providing hospitality for VIPs to conducting interactive fan experiences and building playgrounds. If you'd like to be a part of our volunteer program, please call the GNOSF Volunteer Hotline at (504) 207-8657 or visit http://gnosports.com/.

Green Light New Orleans
Contact: Amanda Joseph amanda.joseph@greenlightneworleans.org
504-324-2429 www.greenlightneworleans.org

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

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.

Friends of the Jefferson Animal Shelter
Contact: Julie Bowen
504-400-5834, jfaskittens@yahoo.com
www.fjas.petfinder.com

Friends of the Jefferson Animal Shelter is a non-profit all- volunteer organization whose mission is to assist the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. We need volunteers for Pet Adoption Days, the Shelter Dog Socialization Program, our Kitten Fostering Program, and to help out at the Purr Pad, our offsite cat adoption center at Jefferson Feed. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Projects with Purpose
Contact: Juli Miller Hart
504-934-1000, jmh@projectswithpurpose.org
www.projectswithpurpose.com

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!

Second Harvest Food Bank
Contact:  Heather Sweeney, Director of Development
504-729-2839 or hsweeney@secondharvest.org
http://www.no-hunger.org/

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is leading the fight against hunger and building food security  in south Louisiana through food access, advocacy, education and disaster response.  We reach those in need by providing food to more than 300 partner agencies and direct food access to community members across 23 parishes from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line.  Together, we make up the largest anti-hunger network in the state.  Our community programs and services are valued at approximately $50 million annually.  The essence of our work depends on public-private partnership with local and state government as well as private investment from corporations, foundations, employers and fellow neighbors and friends.  Community support has never been more important and donations to Second Harvest make a big difference in the lives of those struggling with hunger.  Every $10 donation helps provide 28 meals to those in need. Click here to view our fact sheet.

Stop Hunger Now
Contact: Matt Casteel
601-317-0524
mcasteel@stophungernow.org
http://www.stophungernow.org

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
504-270-4967
http://www.neworleansmission.org/

An organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless individuals.