Finding the Right Opportunity
Asking yourself the following questions will help clarify what you expect from your volunteer experience and help us match you to the right position. We want to set you up for a successful and rewarding experience!
Who do you want to help?
At Volunteers of America, we have programs serving children, youth, the elderly, families, veterans, offenders, individuals suffering from substance abuse, and individuals who are intellectually and/or developmentally disabled, homeless, or mentally ill.
What kind of work do you like?
Do you like being active, doing administrative tasks, teaching others a new skill or sharing your passion? We have volunteer positions that provide a range of work experiences.
Where do you want to volunteer?
Would you want to volunteer outside, in an office environment, or working with residents in one of our facilities? Or perhaps you would like the opportunity to coordinate a food or clothing drive from your own home?
When are you available to volunteer?
Are you free during the days or evenings, or on the weekends? Do you have a few hours of free time once a week or once a month? Or do you only want to volunteer for special events? Most of our positions have flexible time frames that enable us to work with your schedule!
Why are you volunteering?
Is your service an educational requirement, faith based, or personal endeavor? Do you just want to make a difference or are there specific skills you would like to acquire through volunteering?
See our menu of volunteer opportunities here.
Resources for This Section
- Junior Achievement Coordinator
Junior Achievement is a volunteer-delivered curriculum that educates kids grades K-8 in work-readiness skills, entrepreneurship, and financial and economic literacy. Volunteers are needed to deliver the curriculum to students in our Lighthouse Afterschool Enrichment Program. Through Lighthouse, we serve over 300 students in the areas of academic achievement, character development, and physical fitness at three area schools.
- Lighthouse Readers 2 Leaders Reader
Volunteers of America’s Lighthouse After-School Enrichment Program provides nearly 400 students of four area schools, grades K-8, with 10 hours of after-school academic, physical fitness, and character-building enrichment activities each week. As part of the program’s Readers 2 Leaders Initiative, volunteers are needed to read to small groups of students, grades kindergarten-second, for two upcoming Reading Days, December 12th at Alice Harte, in Algiers, and December 18th at Esperanza Charter, in Mid City.
- Christmas Wish Project Assistant
This Christmas, 1,000 people that receive services from Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans will receive gifts through our Christmas Wish Project. You can help brighten the holidays of an at-risk youth, formerly-homeless veteran, or other service recipient by assisting with mass mailings, calling donors, and assisting our project team with other administrative-related tasks and facilitating gift drop-off and pick-up. Volunteers support will be needed on weekdays during business hours starting mid-October.
- Program Volunteer
Assist program staff at one of our administrative offices around the city. Program Volunteers play a crucial role in streamlining the inner workings of a program and expanding the capacity of regular staff members.
- Fresh Food Factor Kitchen Assistant
Volunteers will assist Fresh Food Factor cooks with food preparation, organize and package meals and with other kitchen-related tasks. Also a great opportunity for groups up to five!
- Donations Coordinator
Donations of: business attire, general clothing, canned food, kitchen appliances, personal hygiene items, kitchen and bed linens and toiletries, help individuals and families that Volunteers of America serves to live a more healthy and productive life. Help by coordinating a donations drive of materials with your school, religious group, business or civic organization and we’ll come and pick up the donations when your collection is over. Also a great group opportunity!
- Friends of Volunteers of America
Don't have the time to volunteer regularly because of your busy schedule? Would a one-time opportunity work better? Sign up to be a Friend of Volunteers of America. As a Friend, you will receive regular updates of how you and/or your group can: run check-ins, organize gifts, serve food, coordinate parking and help with various other tasks for one of our special, one-time events.
- Mentoring Children of Promise
Mentoring Children of Promise matches mentors with children with an incarcerated parent. Without intervention, children with a parent in prison have a 70% chance of ending up being incarcerated themselves. With the New Orleans area having one of the highest incarceration rates in the U.S., this program is especially important for the more than 200 youth we serve. Mentors work one-on-one with children to provide them with extra acceptance, attention, encouragement, guidance and hope. A background check is required for this position.
The RSVP program in St. Tammany Parish offers service opportunities to volunteers age 55 and older to use their skills and life experiences to help meet critical needs across the Parish. Volunteers are needed for tutoring, helping at the hospital, taking seniors to doctor's appointments, or working at a variety of positions around the community.
- Activities Coordinator
Coordinate a one-time or re-occurring activity for one of our many programs. In the past, we've had volunteers teach students at one of our Lighthouse schools make origami, host an exercise class at our senior living facility and teach a class on nutrition at our Veterans Transitional Housing Facility. Also a great group opportunity!
- Terraces Housekeeping Assistant
The Terraces is an apartment complex that provides housing for seniors age 62 and older who are living on a limited income. Develop a friendship with one of our senior consumers, and help them with various household tasks that become more difficult with age. Activities may include: making beds, sweeping, dusting, organizing, and any other simple tasks that may be hard for residents to perform. We are looking for volunteers to commit to a few hours on a weekly or monthly basis for a minimum of three months. A background check is required for this position.
- Lighthouse After-School Assistant
Volunteers are needed to assist students who participate in the Lighthouse program with their homework and other enrichment activities, like: drawing, arts & crafts, reading, dance, drawing and music. The program runs during the school year from 3:00pm - 5:30pm. A background check is required for this position.