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.
All volunteers must attend a Volunteer Information Session at 1000 Howard Avenue, 2nd Floor, New Orleans, LA 70113.
Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions
January 18, 2018
February 21, 2018
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:
- Help others less fortunate than you
- Find quality, meaningful time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- Enhance a CV or resume
- Socialize with others and make new friends
- Gain new knowledge and perspective
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
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: Classes take place in Kenner, Marrero, and at Tulane on Monday-Thursday from 6-8:30pm, and volunteers should be able to commit to one evening (three hours) per week.
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. Prospective volunteers should contact Reyna Croft at email@example.com or (504)310-6922.
English as a Second Language
What: Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to teach English as a Second Language classes to non-native English speakers.
Where: Positions are available throughout the Greater New Orleans Area. Classes begin every September and January. There are morning sessions from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM and evening sessions from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
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.
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. If you’re interested, please contact our Refugee Mentor Program at (504)310-6879 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Please contact Reverend Leo Jackson or Yolander Carter at (504)341-0989.
What: Mentors are needed to support youth (ages vary 10-18) toward success in school, work, life.
Where: Sites throughout the Greater New Orleans Area.
More Details: Must commit 4 hours each month for a full year, with a set schedule. Sign up online or call (504)310-6962.
Child and Senior Care
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 Start, Isaiah 43 Parenting and Mentoring, Therapeutic 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 email@example.com 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 12-40 hours of volunteering at various sites throughout the archdiocese including Second Harvest Food Bank and summer youth camps. 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. For more information, view our SERVE flyer or Mini-SERVE flyer.
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, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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
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.
What: Part-time Reception Volunteers are needed 15 to 20 hours per week in the reception area of the Hispanic Apostolate Community Services Center.
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 student volunteers to assist lawyers in legal proceedings
Where: The New Orleans Family Justice CenterBack to top