When Volunteers of America was founded in 1896, volunteerism derived from a military context, and to "volunteer" one's time in service to others was a full-time commitment. Our founders, Maud and Ballington Booth, and other early members of our organization came to call themselves Volunteers of America because they volunteered their whole lives to help people in need. This included - not only volunteering their time - but also their hearts, their spirits, and their professional prosperity.
Today, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico through programs that are staffed by full-time, paid professionals who have adopted this same ideal of service as their full-time mission. However, that does not mean that we do not also depend on an army of modern-day "volunteers" who offer their free time to support our volunteer programs nationwide. In 2012, Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans helped 65,555 people in need throughout 16 parishes in southeast Louisiana. Since July of 2012, we have worked with 760 community volunteers.
Opportunities for volunteers range from hosting a collection drive to tutoring a student to teaching a class at our Veterans Transitional Facility. Below is a list of recurring needs, but we also welcome any ideas you have to benefit the lives of those we serve. If you would like to join our ministry of service, read through our corporate, group, and individual opportunities listed below and contact the coordinator listed next to the opportunity of interest.
See our complete menu of volunteer opportunities below.