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: Kathy Wendling

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.

Network Voluntours (Formerly known as Crescent City Connections)

Contact: Teddy Nathan

NetWork Voluntours (NWV) is New Orleans' premier voluntourism nonprofit. We are your event planners for everything voluntourism. Through partnerships with hundreds of vetted and trusted community partners, we customize meaningful volunteer experiences for all groups.

NWV creates volunteer experiences that incorporate educational, team-building, and cultural activities while also handling any logistical support. This includes, but is not limited to, transportation, food, and photography.

As a nonprofit, it is is our mission to make it meaningful, memorable and easy to volunteer in New Orleans. Our volunteer experiences ensure a lasting impact on your group and the city.

For more information our services, please click here. We are also a proud member of the NOCVB. For more information please email us at or call us at 504-233-2995.

Dress for Success - New Orleans Chapter

Contact: Diane B. Lyons, Dress for Success Board Member

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

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,
Stew Krane, Volunteer Manager, 504-525-5678,

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

Green Light New Orleans

Contact: Rebecca FIsher-McGinty

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.

New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity

Contact: Jenna Mitchell Turnage 
www.habitat-nola.orgNew Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Jenna Mitchell Turnage

Established in 1983, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) knows that when a family is presented with the key to their Habitat home, they are empowered to imagine and create a better future, both for themselves and for generations to follow. Whether you're looking for an intimate executive event or a service experience for a crowd, NOAHH can connect your group to meaningful, tangible work which will have a lasting impact on the community.

NOAHH welcomes volunteers daily, Tuesday through Saturday, and offers turn-key volunteer opportunities for all ages and skill sets. We have the capacity to deploy upwards of 600 volunteers daily for a single work project. Our in-house team contains staff with deep experience in professional event planning- we know what a deadline means, and we understand that the needs of corporate groups may shift on the fly.

We've welcomed volunteer groups from Whirlpool, Anheuser-Busch, Home Depot, Shell, Gap, Ben and Jerry's, National Association of Realtors, and others. We're happy to share upon request local and national references who can speak to the quality of their 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 groups for any length of time.
  • Possible areas of work include new home construction, existing home repair, and neighborhood cleanup.
  • Cost is a minimum of $50 per volunteer, to cover equipment and volunteer insurance.

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!

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.

Stop Hunger Now

Contact: Pat Ware

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: Claire Brottner 

An organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless individuals.

*Members of the CVB are in bold*