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Foster Parents

Therapeutic Family Services

Needed: Foster families 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. 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.

Teaching

Citizenship Classes

Needed: Citizenship volunteer teachers are needed as part of the 8-week citizenship course for those studying for the U.S. citizenship/naturalization test. Seeking volunteers for the English-language classes. Also seeking a volunteer instructor for the Spanish-language class, which takes place one night a week; only this volunteer must be fluent in Spanish. 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. 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 rcroft@ccano.org or (504) 310-6922.

Mentoring

Refugee Services

Needed: 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. 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 refugeementor@ccano.org.

Cornerstone Kids, an initiative of Cornerstone Builders

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.

Needed: 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 must complete a training and Catholic Charities Volunteer Orientation. Please contact Reverend Leo Jackson or Yolander Carter at (504) 341-0989. Mentors do not have to be Catholic and may also indicate a preferred age range for their mentee.

Isaiah 43

Needed: Mentors to support youth (ages vary 10-18) toward success in school, work, life.  Must commit 4 hours each month for a full year, with a set schedule.  Sites throughout the Greater New Orleans Area. Sign up online or call (504) 310-6962.

Tutoring

English as a Second Language

Needed: Enthusiastic volunteers to teach English as a Second Language classes to non-native English speakers. Classes will 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.

Positions are available throughout the Greater New Orleans Area. It is not required that you speak any language other than English. If you are interested in teaching, please email us at smoscoso@ccano.org or call us at 504-861-6348.

Child Care

Head Start Centers

Needed: Children’s activities assistants to teach language, music, play, interact, and supervise children, ages 3-5. Monday-Friday, during school hours.

Administrative/Clerical

Padua House (Belle Chasse)

Needed: Clerical support to answer phones, file, & typing; Monday – Friday, 10AM –2PM.

Immigration Services

Needed: Clerical Volunteer (Part Time, 8 hours per week): Responsible individual needed 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. 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.

Needed: Reception Volunteers (Part time, 15-20 hours per week): Two to three responsible individuals needed to volunteer 15 to 20 hours per week in the reception area of the Hispanic Apostolate Community Services Center. 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)

Needed: Current law student volunteers to assist lawyers in legal proceedings

Assisting the Elderly

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

Needed: Volunteers to sing, play music or teach basic art to seniors. Piano players are especially needed.

Needed: Volunteers to give seniors companionship (sit, talk, listen and read to clients) and help with bingo.

Needed: Volunteers to sweep, clean, and paint facilities as needed.

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