Make a Christmas Wish Come True!

Start dusting off your Santa hats and breaking out the gift wrap! Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans is gearing up for our 15th Annual Christmas Wish Project to spread some holiday cheer to those in need this season. But we can’t do it without you! How can you HELP? We are currently serving more… Read More

Pioneers Of Tomorrow Grasp Realities Of Today

Spring break! Time to party and shirk your responsibilities—pretend to be someone else for a while, right? Well, students from Rice University, St. Mary’s University Law School and Cornell College decided instead to take on responsibilities, and not to pretend to be someone else, but to put themselves in someone else’s shoes. These volunteers came… Read More

Senior Living: Independent, Interconnected

Sandra Smith, at age 63, attends many concerts and football games. She works as an usher at the Superdome, and her part-time occupation suits her lighthearted, helpful nature perfectly. Sandra understands how important living independently is, so three days a week she travels to Volunteers of America’s senior adult living facility on Tulane Avenue to… Read More

The Value of Volunteering for Senior Adults

Ed and Mary Ann Brannan of Mandeville, LA, made it a point when they retired to stay involved in their community. More than ten years ago they began volunteering through Volunteers of America’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), each pursuing opportunities that fit their individual interests and skills. They volunteer, on average, a combined… Read More

Silent Auction

Need another reason to come to our Golf Star tournament this March 1? Check out a few of the of the sweet things we’ll be auctioning off at the Silent Auction during the tournament: – $100 gift certificate to Atchafalaya Restaurant– 8 guest passes to the Audubon Nature Institute– Foursome (w/golf cart) to Chateau Golf… Read More

Volunteers of America’s Holiday Food Drive

Click here or see below to watch WGNO’s coverage of Dorian Rawles, our Assistant Vice President of Programming, talking about Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans’s holiday food drive! Call Evie Simmons at our Veterans’ Transitional Housing facility – 504.899.1116 – for more information.

Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Leslie Mitchell, a volunteer in our Training program. Leslie has been volunteering for Lorraine Pitts, head of the Training department, since December when the program was re-started for the first time following Hurricane Katrina. “I don’t like sitting at home-that’s why I’m a volunteer” she says, and she’s certainly kept very busy in the… Read More

Commemorating Katrina: Five Years Later

Read about Volunteers of America’s remarkable recovery from the losses of the storm. We have thousands of helpful friends to thank and much gratitude for our progress. You can also watch a video detailing the destruction the storm caused to our facilities and city and Higher Ground, a video about the dedication of Direct Support… Read More

Repairs on Wheels Consumer Gets Mobile

Meet Mr. Fred Harper (pictured), who recently received services from our Repairs on Wheels program. Mr. Harper is a 75 year old New Orleans native confined to a wheelchair and has scant left his Mid-City home in the past twelve years. During Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Harper was evacuated to Alexandria, where he spent three months… Read More

Be a Mentor for a Child in Need

Mentoring Children of Promise (MCP), a program of Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans in collaboration with local churches in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, was created in response to the need of children with incarcerated parents to have stable, caring adults in their lives. Children are matched with a positive adult volunteer. Louisiana is second… Read More