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  • Find Inspiration, Take Our Tour
    You're invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about our work at Volunteers of America and meet some of the people we serve. During this one-hour tour of one of our facilities you will become more knowledgeable and inspired about our work – as inspired as we are every day. Tours are at 11 a.m. on May 1, 8. Contact Caitlin Scanlan, (504) 482-2130, to reserve your spot today.
  • Adoptive Families Celebrate at the Carousel Party
    Our annual Carousel Party was held at City Park on Saturday, November 16th. The Carousel Party, always held during November - Adoption Awareness Month, celebrates the forever families Volunteers of America helps create through adoption. It was a beautiful day to celebrate family!
  • CARF Accreditation
    Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans has been granted a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international nonprofit accreditor for health and human services. This is the FIFTH consecutive three-year award Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans has received.
  • Serving Fresh, Healthy Food To Over 1,000 Youth
    Our new program to supply healthy meals to local schoolchildren served 275 children at summer camps this summer. We are now serving daily breakfast and lunch to over 1,000 children at Lake Forest Elementary Charter School, Bricolage Academy of New Orleans and Milestone SABIS Academy of New Orleans. Need more fresh news? Visit The Fresh Food Factor website.

  • Rhoden Leads Energetic New Board
    Bob Rhoden is Chairman of our 2013-14 Board of Directors. Other officers are Immediate Past Chair Tom Grace, Chair-Elect Wayne M. Baquet, Jr., Secretary Christy M. Howley Connois and Treasurer Geoffrey C. Artiques. Board members are M. Isabel Barrios, District Judge Ginger Berrigan, Terrence C. Forstall, Matthew S. French, MD, FACS, Paul Graff, Nathan J. Junius, Michelle Ogden, Leonard D. Simmons, Jr., Tod Smith and President/CEO James M. LeBlanc. Pictured are, from left, LeBlanc, outgoing board member Kurt Maloney, Rhoden and Grace.
  • Employees Salute Our Veterans
    In New Orleans for a conference, 600 employees of American Income Life Insurance Co. took time to create and fill an impressive number of gift bags--900!--for our Veterans Transitional Housing Program. Larry Hutchison, Co-CEO of AIL's parent company Torchmark, and wife Lori were among those helping.
  • Success Story: Mentoring Children of Promise
    Kayla is a shining star in our Mentoring Children of Promise Program, which partners adult mentors with youth who have a parent in prison. New Orleans has one of the highest incarceration rates in the U.S. and children who have a parent incarcerated are 70% more likely to end up in prison themselves.
  • Run The Classic, Run For Volunteers of America
    The Crescent City Classic has a new Run For It! charity program, and Volunteers of America is a partner. If you're running the race on March 30, sign up to get pledges for Volunteers of America. It's a great way to benefit our work--and have your registration fee waived. Click the headline to learn more.
  • Donor Profile
    This generous donation will go towards our capital project of $152,739 which is the cost of replacing the roof on our Tulane Single Room Occupancy apartment facility.
  • Fred: A Repairs on Wheels Story
    Fred was confined to his home for more than 12 years until Repairs on Wheels built him a wheel chair accessible ramp.
  • No Child Left Alone: Volunteers Mentor Children of Inmates
    On March 25, 2012, the Christian Science Monitor discussed the need for mentors to children with incarcerated parents, as well as the difficulty of supplying these mentors with cuts in federal funding. The need is especially great in New Orleans, where 5,000 children have a parent in prison.
  • Lutheran Youth Paint SROs
    On July 19 and 20, 2012, five groups from the ELCA Youth Gathering lent a helping hand at Volunteers of America. In partnership with Team Depot and Behr Paint, the groups cleaned, prepped, and painted the common areas and hallways of our Canal St. and Tulane St. Single Room Occupancy Facilities
  • Veterans Graduate from Finance Course
    In partnership with Capital One Bank and Operation HOPE, the Volunteers of America Veterans Re-Entry Program graduation was held June 20, 2012. This was a 6 week course on financial management in which the Veterans learned various important financial skills.
  • LightsOn! After-School Celebration
    Join our Lighthouse After-School Enrichment Program for LightsOn! Celebration as we raise awareness for after-school programs. Volunteers are needed to run activities and games for students on November 1.
  • Christmas Wish Project
    Volunteers of America serves approximately 65,000 people annually in the Greater New Orleans area. About 12 years ago, we learned that some of the people we serve were not able to fully experience the joy of Christmas. From this, our Christmas Wish Project was born. Currently, we have identified 1,000 children and adults served by Volunteers of America who may not receive a Christmas gift this year.