Volunteer

To register for volunteer dates as a group or individual, please contact our Volunteer and AmeriCorps Manager at (504) 636-3075 or by email.

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 and AmeriCorps members rebuilding the homes of our low-income veteran, 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 New Orleanians. We thank all New Orleans’ volunteers, past, present and future, for their efforts—we couldn’t rebuild without YOU!

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 AmeriCorps Manager at (504) 636-3075 or by email to register.

Volunteer Information

All volunteers must be 15 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 (those under 18 will require a parent or guardian signature), 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, 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 workscope.

For all projects, Rebuilding Together New Orleans provides:
+ Site selection
+ Background information on homeowner and neighborhood
+ Trained House Captains onsite
+ Water
+ First aid kits
+ Sunblock
+ 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

To book volunteer dates for groups or individuals, please contact our Volunteer Manager at (504) 636-3075 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
+ Insurance
+ Transportation
+ Fuel
+ Staff
+ Other administrative costs
University/Church/Synagogue/Family/Other Volunteer groups: $20/day/person

To schedule a special build for your company as a sponsorship, service day or team building experience, please contact our Community and Corporate Relations Manager at 504-636-3061 or cwilliams@prcno.org for more information.

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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