Community Support

Visitors from around the world come to New Orleans for the incomparable food and electrifying music, but they return because of the people. These groups will allow you to give back to the people that make New Orleans an unforgettable city.

Arc of Greater New Orleans
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator 

Arc of Greater New Orleans is a United Way partner agency with the mission of serving people with intellectual disabilities and delays, such as Down syndrome and palsy, from birth through adulthood. A unique aspect of Arc is the operation of several social enterprises, which are non-profit businesses. By running these businesses, Arc then employs those with intellectual disabilities. Arc currently operates five social enterprises, two of which offer great volunteer opportunities for small and large groups: the Vintage Garden Farm and the Mardi Gras Recycling Center. The Vintage Garden Farm has three locations, smaller farms in Orleans and Jefferson parishes and then a three-acre farm in Chalmette, which is a 20-minute drive from downtown New Orleans. Team building and group volunteer opportunities are available year-round at the farms and include: tilling, row building, harvesting, planting, and mulching. If you are into organic gardening or farming and don't mind getting a little dirty, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The Mardi Gras Recycling Center is where we celebrate carnival year-round. Arc receives tens of thousands of pounds of recycled Mardi Gras beads and trinkets every year and with help from volunteer groups, we sort and repackage the beads that are then sold to float riders during Mardi Gras. This indoor activity definitely gets you into the Mardi Gras spirit no matter what time of year and promotes the local philosophy: "Laissez les bon temp rouler," - let the goods time roll!

To make your volunteer opportunity as easy as possible, please note that those volunteering at Arc's Metairie location can have lunch provide lunches from the Vintage Garden Kitchen for a small fee.

Friends in Need Foundation
Contact: LisaJo Hienz, 504-267-1908,

The Friends in Need Foundation is a small, non-profit organization formed in July 1997 to provide financial assistance to Southeastern Louisiana families in need as a result of medical crisis.

We are a group of people helping people; friends of like mind and spirit who believe that sometimes crises are too big to be managed alone. We are people just like you, who have been galvanized by the needs of others in the community and motivated to respond. Among us, we possess a range of skills, but we can always use more. Together we are more than the sum of the individuals. We understand that a medical crisis can happen to anyone, at any time-without warning or time for preparation.

That is where FIN comes in. This is who we are and what we do.

New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity
Contact: Jenna Mitchell Turnage

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.
  • Each volunteer group must provide lunch (catering recommendations available) and transportation to and from the worksite.
  • NOAHH can assist with ordering team t-shirts as well as coordinate any media opportunities.
  • NOAHH can work with large sized groups for any length of time.
  • No building activity on Sunday or Monday.
  • Cost is a minimum of $50 per volunteer, to cover equipment and volunteer insurance.

Homes for Our Troops
Contact: Ashley Twigg
(508) 823-3300,

Homes for Our Troops, is 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: Emily Steiber
504-278-1240, 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. Don't worry, even if you've never held a hammer, the crew can teach you the skills you'll need to positively contribute to bringing families home.

The work day goes from 8:15-4:30. All volunteers should bring lunch and water, and provide transportation to our main office site in the Lower Ninth Ward. We do ask for a small volunteer fee to help cover the cost of tools, materials and transportation. 

NOLA Green Roots
Contact: Joe Brock

NOLA Green Roots is a membership based nonprofit whose mission is to build sustainable communities through gardens. NGR's mission strongly supports the belief that community gardening systemically improves the quality of community life by providing a catalyst for employment, education, recreation, and exercise.  Our gardens provide the nutrients for neighborhood and community development. We train and employ youth, eliminate food deserts, stimulate social interaction, reduce obesity, encourage self-reliance, decrease urban blight, produce nutritious food, control family food expenditures and conserve resources.

Click here for an informational brochure on NOLA Green Roots.

Preservation Resource Center's Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Contact: Gabriel 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 work scope 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.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Contact: Taylor Bartley

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.

St. Bernard Project
Contact: St. Bernard Project's Volunteer Department

St. Bernard Project is an innovative, award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to shorten the time between disaster and full recovery by ensuring that communities impacted by disaster have the resources to recover in the most prompt, efficient, and predictable way possible.

Since its founding in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt over 600 homes in New Orleans and has responded nationally to disasters in other states, totaling almost 1000 homes nationwide. Partnerships with major organizations, including Toyota, UPS, Zurich, Entergy and Walmart along with over 70,000 volunteers from all over the country help SBP get families home faster and more efficiently.

Ten years after Katrina, an estimated 5,000 families still have not been able to rebuild their homes. SBP offers turnkey, fully customizable volunteer experiences to meet the needs and goals of today's conventioneers. 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 effect on this city, and we guarantee that your service will leave a lasting impact on your life as well.

• Work days can be flexible, but are generally from 8am-4pm
• SBP can accommodate large groups
• There is no cost to volunteer, with the exception of spring and winter break
• SBP provides all tools and no construction skills are required
• Volunteers are supervised and trained on site
• Each volunteer group must provide lunch and transportation to and from the worksite

St. Paul's Homecoming Center
Contacts: Connie Uddo

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.

St. Margaret's at Mercy
Contact: Marianna Roppolo 

St. Margaret's mission is to assure that everyone - even the most vulnerable of populations - has access to quality healthcare in a homelike, dignified setting.

The NOCCA Institute
Contact: Harrison Bass, Volunteer Specialist

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute is the nonprofit community support and advocacy organization for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).
The NOCCA Institute provides supplemental funding for NOCCA and advocacy for NOCCA's world-class program. With the support of corporations, foundations, and individuals across Louisiana and the globe, the Institute has helped turn NOCCA into a flagship professional arts training facility.

A major program of the NOCCA Institute is the Press Street Gardens, which is a half-acre urban farm and outdoor applied learning laboratory serving the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts as well as the Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, and Ninth Ward neighborhoods. Press Street Gardens provides fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs for NOCCA's Culinary Arts Department to use in classroom training, for The Boxcar food truck, and for local residents and businesses. It supports innovative, integrated, hands-on learning for NOCCA students by incorporating garden space into arts, sciences, humanities, and health education curricula.

What you need to know:

The maximum number of volunteers that the NOCCA Institute can accommodate is fifty.

The NOCCA Institute will assign at least one employee to work with volunteers on the day of service.
The NOCCA Institute asks that convention and corporate groups make a financial contribution that will, at a minimum, cover the cost of supplies and materials used on their volunteer day. Contributions vary, but they tend to average between $25 and $50 per person.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately (no open-toed sandals, wear a hat, and apply sunscreen).