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EPNO (Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans)
EPNO is a giving circle that aims to engage young professionals in philanthropy and to increase the impact that these individuals can have by pooling their resources in a grant-making process for local nonprofit organizations.
Each participant pledges $500 of his/her own money, and then has that matched by an employer, an outside funder, friends/family, etc. So, each person has $1000 to pool in a focus group (usually about 8-9 people per group) to then dole out the sum ($8000 – $9000) to selected grant applicants.
Evacuteer.org - Volunteer to Assist in the Event of an Evacuation
Evacuteer.org is an organization that aims to mobilize residents to volunteer for the City Assisted Evacuation Plan in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
Volunteer - or “evacuteer” -your time and skills to ensure the well-being and safety of your neighbors and community. Volunteers must attend 1 training session and volunteer for at least a 7-hour shift. Find more information on the website.
The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders
The Roots of Music is a grassroots after school music education program run by local musicians for at-risk middle-school students in New Orleans.
Monday through Thursday and on Saturday mornings, students are bused from around the city to the training space where get academic tutoring, music theory and marching band training, a free hot meal and transportation home. The program is free for all students and includes a musical instrument of their choice.
The program is in need of: instruments as well as donations to cover the costs of busing, facilities, and salaries for our Instructors.
For more information or to donate visit the website or call (504) 460-2611.
PNOLA - The Phoenix of New Orleans (Tulane/Gravier Neighborhood)
The Phoenix of New Orleans is offering case management services and rebuilding assistance to homeowners in the lower Mid-City area and is helping to develop community assets that ensure a vital neighborhood.
Rebuilding Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: Lower Mid-City, area code 70119
Eligibility: In order to quality for assistance, clients must demonstrate that they are financially unable to rebuild and have exhausted every resource available to them.
Contact Info: 504-322-3327
Furnishing Our Neighbors
Through its "Redefine 8/29" campaign, Furnishing Our Neighbors offers quality used furniture at discounted prices to residents and business returning to or re-establishing after disaster.
furniture includes lamps, small tables, and headboards ALL for $8; mirrors, side chairs, computer chairs, nightstands, desks and upholstered chairs ALL for $29; larger items rarely cost over $208. The national goal of the "Redefine 8/29" campaign is to offer an entire two bedroom home of furnishings and décor (excluding mattress and frame) for only $829.
The warehouse is open to the public with no forms to fill out or proof of income, just show up with a truck and select what you need.The store is located at 731 South Solomon (behind the Nike Store) in Mid-City and is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm. Visit the website or call 504-957-6071 or 504-208-4829 for more information.
Furnishing Our Neighbors is always in need of volunteers and donations. Call 504-208-4829 to help.
Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Rebuilding Together New Orleans is a local affiliate of a national nonprofit organization – Rebuilding Together – which has restored and revitalized more than 100,000 homes over the past 19 years.
Rebuilding Together New Orleans volunteers work under the supervision of skilled RTNO construction staff rebuilding the homes of low-income elderly and disabled residents.
One weekend a month, RTNO holds a "Local Build" for New Orleanians to help their neighbors rebuild their homes. The workdays are Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The maximum group size is 50 people. There is no fee for local groups. To volunteer, contact Alyssa Provencio, Volunteer Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.636.3076.
The next Local Builds will be Nov 7, Jan 23, and April 17.
Grow Dat Youth Farm
Grow Dat Youth Farm works to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through farming in a section of City Park.
The farm works to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Grow Dat works to support public health, the local economy and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana.
Habitat ReStore accepts donations and resells new or used items such as sheetrock, roofing materials, doors, cabinets, and more for 30% to 90% off retail prices.
All profits from the Habitat ReStore are used to help Habitat build more houses in the New Orleans area.
Habitat ReStore is located at 2830 Royal Street and is open Wednesday thru Saturday 9:30am-5pm.
Donations of doors, windows, cabinets, working appliances, roofing materials, sheet rock, and lumber are needed. Any building or remodeling material that's in good shape can be recycled through the Habitat ReStore, saving dumping costs and providing a tax deduction. To make a donation, drop it by the store, or call the Habitat ReStore at (504) 943-2240 to arrange for pickup.
FixNola.org uses the extensive Volunteer Match database to match civic-minded New Orleanians with volunteer opportunities throughout the city.
Find projects geared towards kids, education, hurricane relief, and community.
UNITY: Helping the Homeless
The number of homeless people in New Orleans has doubled since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a network of agencies that helps to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness.
Their case managers help homeless residents get off the street by placing them in temporary housing or hotels and eventually into permanent housing. Homelessness is a community wide problem, and it can only be resolved with community-wide support. Volunteers are still needed to help reduce, prevent, and end homelessness in our community. Anyone interested in volunteer work with UNITY is encouraged to call Kathleen “Catch” Patton, UNITY Coordinator of Community Involvement, at 821-4496, ext. 116.
Volunteer New Orleans
VNO helps connect individuals with local organizations in need of volunteers.
St. Bernard Project
The St. Bernard Project offers rebuilding assistance to the elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children who have a house in St. Bernard.
Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: St. Bernard
Eligibility: Elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children
Contact Info: 504-277-6831
Services are dependent on available volunteers
Those interested in volunteering can register online or email email@example.com.
Hands on New Orleans
Hands On New Orleans volunteers have been at work every day to assist in the cleaning and rebuilding of many areas of New Orleans.
Volunteers are still needed to aid the recovery process, and the Hands On action center in New Orleans will provide a starting point for those eager to make a difference. Hands On currently has opportunities to help with the Oil Spill response.
Hands On New Orleans
4153 Canal St
New Orleans , LA 70119
Americorps Jobs to Help New Orleans
AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Vista offer 10 month work opportunities with local rebuilding projects.
AmeriCorps members receive a $10,900 living allowance, health insurance, and a $4725 education award. Several positions in the New Orleans area are available. Visit the AmeriCorps website to find out more.
Nola.com Volunteer Forum
Forum for posting and discussing volunteer opportunities in the New Orleans area.
Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Recovery Effort
In the coming year, the New Orleans area Habitat for Humanity plans on buildng hundreds of new homes in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes.
Search this site for NOAHH updates, volunteer opportunities, and other information about the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast.
United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area
UWGNOA is the largest local charitable funder of health and human services in the six parish metropolitan New Orleans area comprising 137 programs operated by 61 parner agencies and 15 additional allied agencies.
They are participating in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief and recovery efforts.
On this site teachers submit class projects in need of materials or expense coverage.
Browse projects and donate to one you wish to support.