We’ve partnered with over 80 nonprofit organizations throughout Greater New Orleans to provide our volunteers with a wide variety of opportunities for service that match their skills, interests and abilities. Our community projects fall into three categories: Human Care, Environmental and Service.
Human care is a wonderful way to meet the people of New Orleans and learn about the culture of this unique city. For Katrina survivors, telling their story to “fresh ears” can be a vital part of recovery. You could be those “fresh ears” for many New Orleanians by working, serving and witnessing at the following sites:
• Nursing homes
• Child-care centers
• Youth centers
• Homeless shelters
• Hospice facilities
“It was really cool to see all the headstones we uncovered that haven’t been seen in the past two to three years and how we were helping those people in their eternal resting place.”
Michelle, age 16, Peace Lutheran Church – Hewitt, TX
All environmental sites involve working outside. Many sites are on historical grounds such as; a plantation house on the National Registry, Chalmette Battlefield – site of the Battle of New Orleans, and a New Orleans cemetery. Others sites involve protecting the environment by harvesting grasses along a bayou, removing non-indigenous plants, and working in a vegetable garden at a homeless center. General landscaping tasks are also needed at churches, homes, and public parks affected by Hurricane Katrina.
“When I got there I realized that everything we did there was going to help. I was kind of worried that I wasn’t going to be able to do anything, but everything we did, from spreading mulch in City Park to helping the little kids learn, I was really glad that we could go down there and help the people of the city of New Orleans .”
Scooter, age 13, Peace Lutheran Church – Hewitt, TX
“… We assembled bags of snacks for kids with reduced lunches at school. This is great time for a group to bond. We had music, we had a purpose, and we had each other. It was really fun.”
Amy Trojanowski, Class of ’09, College of the Holy Cross – Boston, MA
Service sites involve jobs that support the work of small missions throughout the New Orleans area. Volunteers have repaired playground equipment, stuffed backpacks for the needy, completed general maintenance tasks, and small projects to improve the facilities. In a post-Katrina New Orleans, many missions are short of staff and volunteers. This has been a blessing to work with others as their work to restore our community.
Community projects are coordinated by Kathy Wendling, who makes contact with groups after initial booking. Group interests and opportunities are discussed, and a plan is cooperatively developed for the week’s work. The best experience we’ve seen for youth groups is when they have a variety of construction and community-project work during the week.
If you have any questions about our community project opportunities, please contact us, and Kathy Wendling, our Director of Community Service and Development, will be happy to discuss them with you.
We will do our best to accommodate your requests – please remember to come with a SERVANT HEART and be prepared to serve in the areas of need.