Long-term volunteering: stay with us a while!
New Orleans is an amazing place that is full of rich history and living culture. Visitors only have to see it once to realize that there is something special and unique here that compels them to stay- sometimes much longer than they expected!
Project Homecoming offers prospective volunteers a unique opportunity to stay and explore the city, while contributing to our mission of helping New Orleans residents return home!
Spend anywhere from 1 to 3 months in New Orleans and build relationships within the Project Homecoming community, while immersing yourself in the history and culture around you.
We ask that you commit to serve with us at least 32 hours a week in the construction field. In exchange you receive free housing, a weekly grocery stipend, ongoing training and team building opportunities!
"Come as a stranger, leave as a friend"
Project Homecoming’s Long-Term Volunteer (LTV) Program gives you the opportunity to serve with other volunteers and staff in full-time capacity, anytime throughout the year. We appreciate our long-term volunteers because they extend the work that we do and are a valued part of the Project Homecoming family. You’ll form lifelong friendships, learn new things, and spend each day helping others– an experience that you will not soon forget!
We promise that by the end of your time with us you’ll test your boundaries, challenge your perspective, and truly understand what it means to be a part of the New Orleans community!
Long-term volunteer service can be a springboard to other opportunities!
Many of our LTV’s choose to continue their service by joining Project Homecoming’s AmeriCorps team. Some have been able to utilize this program as an opportunity to move to New Orleans, and find paid work elsewhere while they volunteer with us. For others it is a meaningful way to spend the summer months between school semesters, fill the gap between jobs, or simply gain experience in the nonprofit sector.
For anyone who is considering traveling to New Orleans, Project Homecoming is unmatched in the benefits that we provide to our long-term volunteers. All we ask is that you bring your passion and commitment to making a difference in the lives of the people we serve!
Lagniappe for our long-term volunteers
In Louisiana, lagniappe is a word used to describe a bonus, or a little “something extra”. Think of it like a baker’s dozen. In addition to the benefits of simply living and serving in New Orleans, our long-term volunteers also receive…
LTV’s receive free housing in our office facility, which includes free wi-fi, a public computer available for use 24/7, access to a shared kitchen and on-site laundry machines. We even buy the detergent, so you don’t have to.
LTV’s receive $40 each week for groceries, gas, or any other incidental expenses. Of course you can manage your budget on your own, or you can also get creative and pool your stipend with other volunteers!
You will gain an extensive amount of construction skills, because we put our LTV’s to work on a variety of projects. If you don’t know how to do something yet, don’t worry! You’ll have plenty of time to pick it up.
Getting around town
We have several bikes available for our LTV’s to borrow while they stay with us. We only ask that you take care of it as if it were your own!
Our office is located on the Elysian Fields bus line, which takes you to the French Quarter, Frenchmen Street, and the historic Marigny neighborhood!
If possible, we encourage you to bring your own vehicle to New Orleans so that you can have the flexibility to travel throughout the city as needed.
I'm ready to come to New Orleans!
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please take some time to review our long-term volunteer program guidelines and expectations. When you’re ready to apply, complete the attached application and return it to Jillian via email: [email protected]
Thanks for your interest in our long-term volunteer program! We hope to see you soon!