Volunteer Opportunities in New Orleans

Volunteer Opportunities

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. 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!

Sign Up to Volunteer!

If you’re interested in volunteering, You can do so by emailing smurphy@ccano.org or calling 504.310.6962

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions: 

Due to COVID-19, Volunteer Information Sessions have been suspended until further notice. 

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:

  • 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

Sign Up to Voluneer!

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.

At this time, volunteer opportunities are limited for the safety of our clients, volunteers and staff.  We hope to be to facilities more in person volunteer opportunities again soon!


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: Classes are currently held online.  Classes will resume in person when it is safe to do so.  Monday – Thursday from 6 – 8:30 PM and Monday – Thursday from 9 – 11:30 AM. 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 now held online on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11AM-12:30PM and 2PM-3:30PM and Wednesdays 5PM – 6:30PM. Training for this position is also online.  Classes will resume in person when it is safe to do so. 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.


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.

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.


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. Sign up here. Learn more Orleans and Jefferson parish programs here and Northshore programs here.


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!

Food Pantry Volunteers

What: CCANO seems volunteers to assist at their food pantry located at 2505 Maine Ave. in Metairie.  Volunteers will assist with unloading food, packing food bags for distribution and unloading/organizing food.  Due to social distancing, the pantry only accepts 1-2 volunteers at a time.

Where: 2505 Maine Ave. in Metairie.

If interested in this position, please email the food pantry coordinator directly at Lwever@ccano.org.  Volunteers 14-17 are accepted with parental consent. 

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

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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