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July 22, 2014 | 24th Tamuz 5774

Volunteer Opportunities

Here is a list of recommended local nonprofits with whom you can partner on your trip to the area. Each organization provides meaningful and exciting opportunities for individuals and groups interested in rebuilding the Gulf Coast community.

Rebuilding Together New Orleans
A national organization working in New Orleans to help low-income families rebuild their homes by providing necessary repairs including home modification, roofing, plumbing, or electrical to homes without cost to the homeowners. 
 
Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA)
SMHA volunteer work includes gutting homes, salvaging items in the homes, eliminating mold, and preparing the home for rebuilding. Can accomodate individuals; groups, volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Common Ground Collective
Common Ground Collective is a 7th Ward emergency volunteer-run family shelter.

St. Bernard Project
By volunteering with the St. Bernard Project volunteers work alongside families: sharing stories, building community and rebuild their homes. Can accomodate groups; volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Beacon of Hope
Works with volunteers to clean neighborhoods city-wide. Beacon of Hope works with a variety of group sizes and ages.

Mission on the Bay 

Operations of the Lutheran Episcopal Services are located in St. Louis, MS. Provides affordable room and board for participants and can accomodate groups of volunteers under the age of 18.

 

Nechama: A Jewish Response to Disaster 
Nechama facilitates numerous volunteer programs in the United States, providing clean up assistance to people affected by tornados, hurricanes, or floods. Nechama organizes, trains, and provides the proper equipment to respond effectively after a natural disaster.  

United Methodist Disaster Recovery Ministry
Operates dozens of volunteer sites at same time. Assists with housing needs. Accepts volunteers age 14+.

Volunteers of America
Volunteer opportunities for many skill sets, interests, and lengths of time. Work includes gutting homes, landscaping, and building playgrounds. They have an on-line form for prospective volunteers as well as limited volunteer housing. 

Habitat for Humanity- New Orleans
Habitat for Humanity can accommodate individuals and groups. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed on the construction sites. Volunteers that are 14 – 15 years old are must have direct adult supervision. The volunteer process can be completed online. 
 

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