Catholic Charities serves more than 77,000 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.
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:
April 15, 2019
May 21, 2019
June 18, 2019
July 22, 2019
August 26, 2019
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 TUTORINGCitizenship 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.
Family Literacy Program
What: Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services is launching an exciting, new initiative through its education department, called Family Literacy. This program will offer comprehensive English language, academic, tutoring, and civic/community services for immigrant and refugee families in the New Orleans community. We are seeking reliable, passionate volunteers to help support this program. Volunteers will work primarily as tutors, working one-on-one or in small groups to help our clients with academic, English-language, workforce, or Citizenship services. This volunteer position provides an excellent way to connect with our migrant community in a more individual, personal, and friendly manner.
Where/When: Begins March 7th. Mondays & Thursdays, 3-5:30 PM, Fridays from 10 AM-3 PM at our Immigration/Refugee Services office in Metairie
More Details: Great opportunity for anyone interested or experienced in education, child development, psychology, policy/law, ELL, foreign language/culture, or immigrant/refugee issues. High school students welcome – they will work with high school or younger children.
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.
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.
Immigration Services' Compass Program
What: Bilingual mentors needed to work with minors in Immigration Services’ Unaccompanied Children program. Mentors will spend time with their mentee, practice English, work on homework, etc.
More Details:4-8 hours/month for at least 6 months
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.
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.
CHILD AND SENIOR CAREHead 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.
Greenwalt Welcome Person
What: Assistants are needed to help welcome seniors and persons with disabilities the Greenwalt Adult Day Center. Hold the door open, sign people in, help serve breakfast. Be a cheerful face to spread joy to our seniors!
More Details: Times are flexible, but will begin between 7am/8am and end between 9 am and 11 am. Volunteer should come on a regular schedule: not necessarily every week, but at least once a month.
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.
FOSTER PARENTSTherapeutic 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 12-32 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 SERVICESPadua 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
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.
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
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.
Where: ACCESS Office in Metairie, during business hours, Mon – Fri
OTHERImmigration/Refugee Services- Legal Aid Volunteer
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.
Immigration/Refugee Services- Unaccompanied Children Program- Clinical Support Volunteer
What: CCANO’s Unaccompanied Children’s Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children who were temporarily in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and reunified with sponsors. Clinical interns will provide services to these children who are identified as most in need. The position involves contact with children from Central America and their families, with a special focus on youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma, and who require support services in conjunction with legal representation. Intern will: provide clinical, supportive, and crisis counseling services; individual, group and family therapy as necessary; manage a caseload of approximately 12 clients for short-term therapeutic services; implement appropriate, evidence-based, clinical interventions based on client’s developmental stage and presenting problems; write thorough and appropriate case notes and maintain an organized file for each client; conduct psychosocial assessments, screenings for PTSD and other disorders, participate in clinical assessments for asylum cases; utilize individual and group supervision effectively to improve skills; and more.
Qualifications: Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency or near-fluency required; experience with or interest in working with immigrant children and families in a clinical setting; ability to work with a culturally diverse population; strong interpersonal skills, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and attentiveness to detail; ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment. Volunteers must be a trained/certified LCSW or LPC. Schedule: flexible, Monday-Friday (9AM-4PM) with some possible evening workshop support.
Office of Justice and Peace - Advocate for Criminal Justice
What: Call, write, and visit legislators on issues related to criminal justice reform and death penalty repeal. Training will be provided.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Volunteer Services - Videographer Volunteer
What: Catholic Charities’ volunteer department is seeking a volunteer to assist in the creation of several short videos highlighting volunteers from our different programs for a new “volunteer of the month” initiative. The volunteer will film, then edit the footage for distribution on CCANO’s social media platforms and website. Volunteer will collaborate with Volunteer Department staff on the creative vision for this project. The volunteer will create an easy to edit template and a comprehensive set of written directions so that we can continue to make these videos monthly after the volunteer has moved on. Time commitment is flexible. Competency in Windows necessary. Must have own transportation.
Where: 1000 Howard Ave as well as various locations throughout New Orleans. Option for some remote work
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!Back to top