Long Term Volunteering: Your ticket to New Orleans
New Orleans is a unique place that draws millions of visitors each year to come experience our way of life. We offer an opportunity for an extended stay to explore this great city while providing service to families and communities in need.
Spend 1-3 months living in New Orleans learning our history as well as experiencing our culture, including the food and music.
Work with us at least 32 hours per week. There are a variety of roles available, or you can even suggest a role based on your interests or skills.
Be a part of our community
One of the great benefits of our Long Term Volunteer (LTV) Program is that you will live and work with other folks like yourself. Our community of volunteers and staff often spend time together discovering what New Orleans has to offer. You’ll form life-long friendships with those around you, especially the other LTV’s.
Serving as an LTV will be a spring board to other opportunities
Many of our LTV’s continue their work with us by applying for our AmeriCorps program. Others use this opportunity to find work elsewhere in the city while serving with us. For those looking to put down roots in New Orleans, this can be a great way to try it out and find a longer term opportunity.
What you get in exchange for your committment
In addition to the benefit of living in New Orleans you will also receive…
LTV’s get a private room in our facility with a bed and other basic furniture as well as access to our kitchen and laundry.
Each LTV receives a $40 weekly stipend for groceries. You can do your own thing, or get creative and pool your stipend with your fellow house mates.
You will gain a considerable amount of construction knowledge or office experience: we put LTV’s to work performing real and challenging tasks. This is more than just pushing wheelbarrows and filing papers.
Many of our LTV’s are also able to receive academic credit for their participation in the program, so check with your school in advance to find out if that’s a possibility.
Those who work with us January through July 2014 may be considered for the Minimum Service AmeriCorps Program. If selected, you will be eligible to receive an Education Award of $1,132.00 to put towards tuition or student loans
What role will I play?
Our LTV’s play an important role in our mission by supplementing our existing staff and short term volunteer force throughout the year. You can choose to serve on-site or in the office. Either way, you will play a valuable role in our work to help rebuild neighborhoods that make New Orleans such a special place.
You will work under the supervision of our staff to complete construction projects and, in some cases, may be asked to lead a group of short term volunteers on your own. Prior experience is not necessary as we will train you upon your arrival.
You will work along side our staff, performing administrative duties such as data entry, record keeping, marketing & fundraising, etc.
Again, if you have something else in mind, let us know and we will see if there’s a need that matches your interest.
Getting around town
We have several bikes available to our LTV’s that you will be free to use to get around town. We only ask that you be sure to lock them up and help us keep them working.
Our office is located on the Elysian Fields bus line with a stop only a block away. From there you’ll be able to get down into the French Quarter or connect to many other lines to get to where you want to go.
We encourage you to bring your own vehicle as Project Homecoming work trucks cannot be used for personal transportation. That said, we may allow you to drive one of our vehicles for work purposes or you can hitch a ride with another LTV or staff member.