To register for volunteer dates as a group or individual, please contact our Volunteer and Information Manager at (504) 636-3061 or by email. If your group or organization has already registered, please use the individual registration link provided to you by our Volunteer and Information Manager. You can also learn more by checking out our VolunTourism Brochure.
Volunteer with RTNO
We are excited and proud to host thousands of volunteers each year from around the country who come to help rebuild New Orleans. Rebuilding Together New Orleans volunteers work under the supervision of skilled RTNO construction staff rebuilding the homes of our low-income elderly and disabled clientele. Since 2005, over 22,000 volunteers have provided over 600,000 volunteer hours to help us rebuild 400 homes. In RTNO’s 28 year history, volunteers have helped rebuild over 1,500 homes and have provided more than $100 million in total construction investment for the city of New Orleans.
Our success is largely attributed to our wonderful volunteers and their dedication to helping the New Orleans recovery effort. We thank all New Orleans’ volunteers – past, present and future.
If you are interested in volunteering with RTNO, please read through the following information, check out the Volunteer section of our FAQ and contact our Volunteer and Information Manager at (504) 636-3061 or by email to register.
All volunteers must be 18 or older. Work projects are Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A minimum of two workdays is preferred. All volunteers will be asked to sign waivers of liability, but will also be given a safety overview and general orientation onsite.
Jobs performed on the house will vary according to the workscope and may consist of skilled or unskilled tasks, such as painting, flooring, sheetrocking, plumbing, carpentry, landscaping, etc.
Usually, no more than 15-25 people will be placed at each site. Volunteers may be spread out amongst two or more sites, depending on the workscopes and the skills of the volunteers, but will be in relatively close proximity.
For all projects, Rebuilding Together New Orleans provides:
+ Site selection
+ Background information on homeowner and neighborhood
+ Trained House Captains onsite
+ Rebuilding Together New Orleans T-shirt
+ First aid kits
+ Bug repellent
+ Hand sanitizer
+ Portable toilets
Your group will be responsible for the following:
+ Transportation to and from the worksite
+ Lodging for the volunteers
+ Lunch for the volunteers
For a list of transportation, housing and dining options, please scroll to the bottom of this page to download a list of local contacts.
To book volunteer dates for groups or individuals, please contact our Volunteer Manager at (504) 636-3061 or by email to register.
Visiting Volunteer Groups
For groups coming from outside the Greater New Orleans Area, Rebuilding Together New Orleans charges a Volunteer Administration Fee in order to sustain the longevity of the program and serve more homeowners. This fee funds our daily projects and supports the costs of:
+ Building supplies
+ Safety equipment
+ Other administrative costs
University/Church/Synagogue/Family/Other Volunteer groups: $20/day/person
Corporate and Conference Volunteer Groups: $100/day/person
Local Volunteer Groups
One weekend a month is set aside for volunteer groups from the Greater New Orleans Area. The workday is Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The maximum group size is 50 people. There is a $20/day/person volunteer administration fee for locals as well.
To register and volunteer for local builds and for a schedule of local build dates, please contact our Volunteer Manager at (504) 636-3061 or by email.
Steps to Volunteer
1. Contact our Volunteer Manager to book group or individual dates.
2. After securing dates and number of volunteers, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, waiver forms and an invoice.
3. If you are booking a group, each member will need to register.
4. Payment, if applicable, will be due no later than three weeks prior to your first volunteer work day.
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