Looking to volunteer in New Orleans? You’re in the right place. New Orleans is the city of jazz, riverboats, and Mardi Gras. It’s also the city we love for so many reasons. Here, the live music scene puts the ‘v’ in vibrant, and the culture is rich, like a good gumbo. However, what sets New Orleans apart is how our community takes care of its own. Volunteering is second nature for many of us, especially after Hurricane Katrina. Nonprofit and charitable organizations rely on volunteers to help. Indeed, some wouldn’t be able to function without the help of the volunteers. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in New Orleans, you’re in luck! We’ve put together a list of the top organizations to volunteer, New Orleans style! If lending a volunteer hand in the Big Easy is your goal, this list will help you start!
Where To Be a New Orleans Animal Shelter Volunteer
Like any American city, New Orleans has her fair share of stray, lost, and, unfortunately, abused animals. When animals get into trouble, many organizations in New Orleans are ready to help them. Almost all of them rely heavily on volunteers to help care for, feed, groom and walk the animals. The truth is, it takes a lot of time and effort to care for injured and abused animals. It also takes someone with kindness in their heart and compassion in their soul. If that’s you and you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, the animal shelters below need your help:
Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Imagine sending your child to a school where they learned how to cook food from their garden. If that sounds amazing, you definitely should volunteer for the Edible Schoolyard. Here, children from kindergarten through eighth grade learn organic gardening hands-on! They also learn about the transformative values of stewarding the land. Of course, growing and eating your food is a valuable lesson in-and-of-itself. Lastly, because they work together, students learn the value of community. Looking for volunteer work, New Orleans? The Edible Schoolyard always needs good people. It’s one of the best New Orleans volunteer opportunities in the city!
300 N. Broad Street. New Orleans, LA
The Green Project
Hurricane Katrina destroyed many homes and buildings in New Orleans. The Green Project set up a retail store and warehouse to help residents purchase recycled building supplies at very low prices. Not only that, but they have their garden and also run a paint recycling program. This is a great opportunity for volunteers who have a passion for helping the environment, no doubt. Also, as with all other volunteer opportunities here in New Orleans, it’s a great way to help your neighbors. Keeping New Orleans green and helping people at the same time. What an excellent volunteering combination!
2831 Marius St.New Orleans, LA
Latino Farmers Co-op
Want to get your hands dirty by helping your neighbors get fresh fruits and vegetables? Then the Latino Farmers Co-op would be a great volunteer opportunity for you! Although it’s not finished yet, the goal is to supply local residents with fresh produce. They also need volunteers that can help them with fundraising. It’s truly a wonderful cause-in-progress and well-worth your time and effort.
215 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway New Orleans, LA
There Are So Many Great Volunteer Positions in New Orleans!
With so many volunteer opportunities in New Orleans, it’s difficult to list them all. We’d love to go into detail about these fine organizations and charities, but we just don’t have space! Instead, below is a list of quite a few more organizations that need your help as a volunteer.
- American Red Cross – Louisiana Region
- Farming New Orleans
- Simply United Together
- American Youth Literacy Foundation
- Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
- Born This Way Foundation
Volunteering is a way of life here in New Orleans. Everyone here at Southern Self Storage wants to say thank you for volunteering for our community. If you’re looking for a volunteer position, we hope this article has helped you greatly. We’d also like to extend a Big Easy “thank you” and say we’re very proud to have you here. Volunteers like yourself are helping this city heal, rebuild, and get strong.