On Monday, Traci Angel gave us her impressions from her experience as a “voluntourist” in New Orleans. Today, she offers up a list of places where you too can help. Projects are always in flux, depending on necessary work and resources.
Be sure to plan in advance and check for availability.
Acorn — The Association of Organizations for Community Reform Now. Focuses on the Ninth Ward’s rebuilding efforts.
Catholic Charities — Meets temporary needs of poor.
Common Ground Relief — “Solidarity not Charity” is their motto.
Habitat for Humanity — Builds and rebuilds homes.
Hands On — “Be the change. Volunteer” is the motto for this rehab organization.
IMPACT Ministries — They clean and gut homes and serve area families.
Parkway Partners — Restores urban landscape and trees.
Presbytery of South Louisiana — Cleans and guts homes throughout New Orleans neighborhoods.
- Nat Geo Expeditions
And if the thought of bunk beds on vacation doesn’t appeal to you, the W Hotel in New Orleans has a limited offer deal that includes box lunches and work gloves during the labor portion of your stay and cocktails and spa amenities at the day’s end. Ten percent of the room charge also goes to Hands On New Orleans.