Volunteer Opportunities

Catholic Charities serves more than 80,000 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: 


November 13, 2018

4:00 PM 


January 23, 2019

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:

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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.


Citizenship Classes

What: Citizenship volunteer teachers are needed as part of the 8-week citizenship course for those studying for the U.S. citizenship/naturalization test. We are seeking volunteers for the English-language classes and a fluent volunteer instructor for the Spanish-language class, which takes place one night a week.

Where/When: Classes take place in Kenner and at Tulane Monday – Thursday from 6 – 8:30 PM and volunteers should be able to commit to one evening (three hours) per week for at least one 8-week course.

More Details: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age with at least one year of teaching/coaching experience. A background in ESL, U.S. History, civics/government, or related fields preferred but not necessary. Materials, training, and weekly support provided.

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.



Refugee Services

What: Catholic Charities is seeking mentors to help refugees and their families feel more at home in the Greater New Orleans Area. While all new refugees have a case manager who helps them find housing, jobs, healthcare and other support, it can still be challenging for them to adjust socially and culturally. Mentors help by connecting refugees to their new communities, a process that can involve anything from baking cookies to visiting the local library to hiking in City Park, depending on the needs and personality of the refugee they’re matched with.

Where: Varies

More Details: To be eligible, mentors commit to at least six months of meeting with refugees for at least two hours a week. Mentors must have access to a car and must complete an interview, training and a background check.

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 four 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.

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 4 hours each month for a full year, with a set schedule.



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. 

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.

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.



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.



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. 

High School Volunteering

What: Catholic Charities welcomes high school students who seek volunteer hours to complete their school service requirements. We will provide a letter confirming the number of hours and the site served to the student/school. Opportunities are available for direct and indirect service. Group opportunities are also available for classes or service organizations.

Where: Sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

More Details: We offer regular volunteer opportunities for high school students. Please contact our office to learn more about current options available to high school students.



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.

Immigration Services Administrative Assistant

What: Part-time Clerical Volunteer is needed 8 hours per week to assist immigration staff with filing legal documents and 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: Metairie

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

Bilingual Reception Volunteer with Immigration and Refugee Services

What: Return phone calls, answer questions, manage the office space at our Metairie office. Strong conversational Spanish skills needed. 

Great opportunity for advanced college students majoring in Spanish! 

Where/When: Near the Metairie/Kenner line. Time commitment is flexible, but should be regular and will occur Monday – Friday between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. 

More Details: Must be able to work under minimal supervision at least two days per week, four to five hours per day.

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.

Hispanic Apostolate Reception Volunteer

What: Part-time Reception Volunteers are needed 15 to 20 hours per week in the reception area of the Hispanic Apostolate Community Services Center.

Where: Metairie

More Details: Responsibilities include: arriving early to turn on lights and radio, and otherwise ensure office is ready to serve clients; mailing and reviewing legal and other documents for grammatical errors; answering phones and interacting respectfully with clients in the reception area; and locking doors and turning off lights at the end of the day. No prior experience needed, but must have strong conversational Spanish skills and transportation to Metairie.

Project SAVE (Stopping Abuse through Victim Empowerment)

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

Where: Central Business District



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.

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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