Volunteer Opportunities in New Orleans

Volunteer Opportunities

Catholic Charities serves more than 70,000 individuals and families each year — and we couldn’t do this without the help of many dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are the life-force of our agency!

Volunteer opportunities are available with many Catholic Charities programs. Please explore the many ways you can volunteer, and then sign up to let us know you’re interested. For those looking to make a bit more of a commitment, check out our internship page. 

Sign Up to Volunteer!

All volunteers must attend a Volunteer Information Session at 1000 Howard Avenue, 2nd Floor, New Orleans, LA 70113. If you don’t see a session you can attend, contact the Volunteer Department and we’ll see if we can work with your schedule.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions: 

Wednesday

January 15, 2020

4:00 PM 

Tuesday

February 11, 2020

4:00 PM

Thursday

March 19, 2020

4:00 PM

Wednesday

April 22, 2020

4:00 PM

Monday

May 18, 2020

4:00 PM

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is an incredible, enriching opportunity to help make a difference in your community and the lives of others. Here are a few other reasons why you might like to volunteer at Catholic Charities:

Sign Up to Volunteer!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

We look for volunteers to help us on a range of services designed to assist families, new citizens, children, seniors, refugees, and many others within our local community. We also have volunteer openings for administrative work. Take a look our areas of volunteer interest below. Or contact us and we’d be happy to help guide you toward a volunteer opportunity that suits you.

TEACHING AND TUTORING 

English as a Second Language

What: Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to teach English as a Second Language classes to non-native English speakers. Positions available to teach (classes of approximately 25 students), co-teach (assist a teacher in a full class) or tutor (one-on-one or small groups). 

Where/When: Positions are available on the Tulane campus and at our office near the Metairie/Kenner line Monday – Thursday from 6 – 8:30 PM and Monday – Thursday from 9 – 11:30 AM in Mid City. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 4-5 months with the program. 

More Details: It is not required that you speak any language other than English. We provide basic ESL training at monthly training sessions.

 
Family Literacy Program
 

What: We are seeking reliable, passionate volunteers to help tutor our immigrant and refugee families in English language skills, academic schoolwork, HiSET support, Citizenship services, and workforce preparation. Volunteers would tutor one-on-one or in small groups, working with either adults or children. 

Where/When: The program is held in our Family Literacy Center in Kenner at 2505 Maine Ave. Mondays and Thursdays 3PM-5:30PM and Fridays 10AM-3PM. Volunteers should be able to commit to one day per week for the semester or remainder of the semester. (Volunteers will not be asked to tutor for the entire time on Fridays) 

More Details: It is not required that you speak any other language or have teaching experience. A background in education, ESL, or foreign language, family psychology, child development, or immigrant/refugee issues is preferred but not necessary. Volunteers have to attend a Safe Environment training and successfully pass a background check. Materials for tutoring will be provided.

 
Parenting and Family Life Skills - Prison Ministry
 

What: Catholic Charities’ Prison Ministry program is seeking a co-facilitator for a positive fatherhood class at one of Louisiana’s Correctional Facilities. This class is a part of the Plaquemine’s Parish Sheriff’s Office re-entry program for men. Most men in the program are from New Orleans. The volunteer will help guide discussions and teach a set curriculum. The volunteer will have confidence in public speaking and be open to offering wisdom and insight to incarcerated fathers. Volunteer must be an adult male over the age of 25. Experience in ministry, education, counseling, social work, or a related field is helpful but not required. Fathers are preferred. 

Where/When: Volunteer will meet with co-teacher and carpool to correctional facility. They will leave New Orleans at 8 am on Tuesday mornings and return by 2 pm.

More Details: The program will begin mid-April.  Candidate will be interviewed by program staff before being accepted as co-facilitator. Volunteer will commit to minimum of several months.

 

MENTORING 

Cornerstone Kids, an initiative of Cornerstone Builders

What: Mentors for children (ages 4-17) who have a parent who is incarcerated. Cornerstone Kids mentoring is a year-long commitment of usually eight hours per month at your convenience. Mentors do not have to be Catholic and may also indicate a preferred age range for their mentee.

Where: Varies

More Details: While our Cornerstone Builders program helps formerly incarcerated persons, we also recognize that children with incarcerated parents need positive, present role models, and that’s why we provide mentors to Cornerstone children. Children with incarcerated parents are six times more likely than other children to become incarcerated without positive intervention. Mentors must complete a training and Catholic Charities Volunteer Orientation.


Immigration Services' Mentor
 

What: We are actively seeking bilingual volunteers (Arabic, Haitian Creole, Spanish, etc), to help immigrants, refugees and their families feel welcome and at home in the Greater New Orleans Area. Allies help connect immigrants and refugees to community activities and resources, and serve as a source of support and friendship.

Where: Schedule and location of meetings vary. Volunteering take place throughout the Greater New Orleans Area, often times in Kenner, Metairie, the West Bank, and New Orleans East.

More Details: 4-8 hours/month for at least 6 months


Immigration Services' Accompaniment/Allyship
 

What: Catholic Charities is seeking engaged and dedicated community members to participate in our accompaniment program. Allies are matched with immigrant or refugee individuals or families to provide mutual support and intercultural exchange. While our case managers provide direct assistance and wrap around services, immigrants and refugees are often looking to forge connection and seek support from allies in the community. Allies offer support in practicing English, navigating higher education, exploring the city, getting to know U.S. culture, accessing community resources, and providing friendship. This is a 6 month program with a time commitment of 4-8 hours per month.

Where: Greater New Orleans Area

More Details:To be eligible, allies must complete an interview and training, and successfully pass a background check.

 
Isaiah 43
 

What: Mentors are needed to support youth (ages vary 10-18) toward success in school, work and life. Mentors must be Christian and at least 25 years of age. Mentors and mentees participate in workshops and activities both on their own and with groups of other mentor/mentee pairs. 

Where: Sites throughout the Greater New Orleans Area.

More Details: Must commit 8 hours each month for a full year, with a set schedule.

CHILD AND SENIOR CARE 

Adult Day Health Care Centers & PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)

What: Volunteers are needed to sing, play music or teach basic art to seniors. Piano players are especially needed. We also need volunteers to give seniors companionship (sit, talk, listen and read to clients) and help with bingo, as well as volunteers to sweep, clean, and paint facilities as needed.

Where: Adult day health care centers throughout the Greater New Orleans Area.

 
Head Start Centers
 

What: Children’s activities assistants are needed to teach language, music, play, interact, and supervise children ages 3-5.

Where: Head Start Centers throughout the Greater New Orleans Area, Monday-Friday, during school hours. 

 
St. Vincent’s Guild
 

What: St. Vincent’s Guild works to provide not only monetary support but also clothing and basic necessities for many children and adolescents in Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans programs. Guild members work to complement our needs at Catholic Charities; membership is open to anyone.

More Details: For membership information, call Linda Brunken at (504)885-0466.

 
St. Elizabeth’s Guild
 

What: St. Elizabeth’s Guild is an independent organization that provides support for various children’s programs of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, including Padua House, St. John the Baptist Head StartIsaiah 43 Parenting and MentoringTherapeutic Family Services (TFS), and Cornerstone Kids. The Guild has provided monetary support as well as the gift of their time and talent to support the children of Catholic Charities for more than 40 years. Guild members work to complement our needs at Catholic Charities.

More Details: Annual dues are $35. Visit the Guild’s online membership page to sign up.

 

FOSTER PARENTS 

Therapeutic Family Services (TFS)

What: Foster families are needed to provide a temporary home for children whose parents cannot care for them. TFS matches children with moderate to severe emotional, behavioral, or developmental problems, or medically fragile children with families who provide specialized foster care.

Where: Throughout Greater New Orleans.

More Details: Agreeing to be a foster parent means you will be working with a team of professionals who will develop a treatment plan to help reunite the family or find or find the child a permanent placement. TFS also trains and supports prospective foster parents. Foster parents provide guidance and support in a safe, stable environment. They provide for basic daily needs as well as providing transportation to appointments, court hearings, and visits with the child’s family. Foster families receive a stipend to help with the costs associated with taking in a child. To learn more about the requirements and process of becoming a foster parent contact Shacidy Hadley-Bush at shadley@ccano.org or (504)310-6939.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERING 

S.E.R.V.E.
 

What: Catholic Charities offers summer volunteer opportunities for high school aged teenagers through S.E.R.V.E.: Students Engaging in Reflective Volunteer Experiences. SERVE is an opportunity for high school students to give back to the community and achieve the service hours required by many parochial high schools.

Where: Sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

More Details: Students can sign up for 12-32 hours of volunteering at various sites throughout the archdiocese including Second Harvest Food Bank and Ozanam Inn. Volunteer sessions culminate with a day of reflection and fun where students connect their volunteer experiences to ways they can continue to make a difference in their own communities. Sign up here. Learn more Orleans and Jefferson parish programs here and Northshore programs here.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES 

ACCESS Pregnancy Bilingual Diaper Bank

What: ACCESS Pregnancy provides pre-natal care on a sliding scale to new moms and families. Their diaper bank continues to serve families in need with diapers, wipes and other essential items until the child is age 2. A bilingual volunteer is needed to staff the diaper bank for a 4 hour shift one or two times a week. Volunteer will provide clients with needed items, complete required paperwork, and assist with interpreting other documents for ACCESS.

Where/When:Located in Metairie, hours would be Monday – Friday between 8:30 am and 5 pm.


ESL Administrative Assistant
 

What: Part-time Clerical Volunteer is needed 8 hours per week to assist ESL staff with filing, data entry, time-sheet management, setting up appointments with clients for citizenship applications, visa extensions, green card renewals, work authorization, applications for family visas, and translations of legal documents.

Where/When: Metairie

More Details: Must be able to work under minimal supervision two days per week, for four to five hours per day. Spanish skills a bonus and transportation a must.


Foster Grandparents Administrative Assistant
 

What: Assist CCANO’s Foster Grandparent Program in the office. Filing, organization, assisting with timesheets, meeting prep, etc. Hours flexible between 8:30 am and 5 pm. Minimum of 3 hours/week for at least 4 months. 

Where/When: Uptown near Carrollton and Earhart


Homeless Services Office Assistant
 

What: Assist CCANO’s Homeless Services programs in the office with a variety of tasks, for example filing, research projects, organization and answering phones. Volunteer will be asked to do referrals on the phone for people calling the office and assist the case managers with referrals for our clients. Volunteer should have a professional demeanor, basic computer and filing skills and excellent phone manners. Great opportunity for someone looking to volunteer on a regular basis or for students interested in gaining professional skills and learning about work at a non-profit organization. 

Where/When: Gretna. Volunteers/interns with Homeless Services have a flexible time commitment, but hours worked will be between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. 

More Details: Option for this position to potentially become an internship for those interested in making a longer commitment. May be eligible for course credit.

 
Immigration and Refugee Services Bilingual Office/Reception Volunteer
 

What: Support Immigration & Refugee Services with a variety of office tasks including filings, organizational tasks, returning and answering phone calls, and managing the office space.

Where/When: Metairie

More Details: Time commitment is flexible, but should be regular and will occur Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Volunteers must be bilingual English-Spanish and have reliable personal transportation to get to Metairie.

 
Padua House (Belle Chasse)
 

What: Clerical support needed to answer phones, file, & typing.

Where: Padua House in Belle Chase, Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 2 PM.

 
Project SAVE (Stopping Abuse through Victim Empowerment) Legal Services
 

What: Current law students or current lawyers needed to assist lawyers in legal proceedings

Where: Central Business District


Pro-Life Services Clerical Volunteer (as needed)
 

What: ACCESS Pregnancy is in need of volunteers to occasionally help with clerical tasks: filing, shredding, highlighting, copying, etc. This would not be a regular volunteer position, but would occur on an as needed basis.

  

OTHER 

ACCESS Pregnancy and Diaper Bank- Volunteer Knitters/Crocheters

What: Volunteers needed to knit baby blankets, hats, and booties for new babies at our ACCESS Pregnancy Clinic and Diaper Bank. Items will be distributed to families in need of assistance with their newborn. Pastel colors preferred.

Where: Whenever! Wherever!

 
Cornerstone Builders Bus Assistants
 

What: Volunteers needed to assist on Cornerstone Builders free monthly bus trips to visit incarcerated individuals are needed. Two volunteers per month needed to ride the bus with families and friends of incarcerated persons. The volunteers will assist the passengers in embarkation/debarkation, and assist the driver. They will help calm passengers, be there to answer questions, and be there to just listen if passengers need to talk. Volunteers will not be able to enter the prison, so will need to sit on the bus to wait for clients to return (bringing a book or magazine is recommended!).

Where: Buses depart 1425 Walkertown Way, Marrero, LA.

More Details: Buses depart at 8 am and trips usually take a full day. Buses visit one prison per month, and schedule rotates between 5 different prisons. Trips take place once a month: contact us for upcoming dates.

 
Immigration/Refugee Services- Legal Aid Volunteer/Intern/Pro Bono
 

What: Assist Immigration services with legal tasks. Law students or current lawyers welcome. Time commitment is flexible, but should be regular, and will occur primarily Monday-Friday between 8:30-4:30.

Where: Metairie office- near Kenner off Veterans


Immigration/Refugee Services- Interpretation/Translation Volunteer
 

What: Current languages needed are Spanish, Arabic, Tigrinya, Amharic, Rohingya, Swahili, Somali, Khmer, Dar, Pashto, Fulani, Vietnamese, Chin, KaChin, Haitian Creole, and Burmese. Both in-person interpretation and written translations needed. If you have another language that you excel at, let us know! We may need your services soon. Volunteer commitment will be intermittent, and written parts may be done remotely.

Where: Metairie/Kenner


Office of Justice and Peace - Symposium for Systemic Change Volunteer
 

What: Assist in the planning of CCANO’s yearly Symposium for Systemic Change. This yearly event actively engages more than 150 individuals in the issues of criminal justice reform and brings together government officials, non-profit leaders, religious clergy, local business owners and formerly incarcerated individuals to discuss strategies to end mass incarceration. Volunteer will assist a variety of tasks related to the planning of a successful event.

Where: Either from home or the Office of Justice and Peace offices on St. Bernard Avenue. Training would take place at the office. Time commitment flexible.


Project SAVE Bilingual Interpreter
 

What: Project SAVE provides free legal services to victims of domestic abuse. A volunteer or volunteers to assist on an as as-needed basis with Spanish speaking clients is needed. Volunteer would interpret for client meetings between client and staff lawyer, and be available for interpretation during court.

Where: New Orleans Central Business District, as needed basis


Pro-Life Services- Baby Bottle Runner (as needed)
 

What: Be on call to help pro-life services with their baby bottle fundraisers. Drop off/pick up baby bottles to different location around the greater New Orleans area. Will need own transportation.

Where: during business hours, Mon- Fri

 

We welcome groups of volunteers! Fill out our interest form and we’ll get back to you and help plan your day(s) of service! 

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