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Volunteer

Clothing Donation and Volunteer Update

In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the city of New Orleans, we are not accepting clothing donations until October 1st, 2021.

If you would like to donate items for our Hurricane Ida recovery please visit our Amazon Wishlist or give a gift to assist our efforts here

Questions or concerns about donations? Email email us at chnoinfo@covenanthouse.org.

In accordance with the policies of the City of New Orleans, we are allowing a limited amount of in person volunteer opportunities. Additionally, as of July 2021, we are requiring that all volunteers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to volunteering on-site. For more information on availability or virtual volunteer opportunities please contact volunteerNOLA@covenanthouse.org.

Interested in Volunteering?

For volunteer positions interacting directly with youth, individuals must be 25 or older. We also ask for at least a six month commitment to a regular schedule. 

We also ask that, if possible, volunteers donate $25 to cover the cost of processing the background check. 

Want to get started? Create your (free!) VolunteerHub account here. Once you create your account, sign up for the next available Volunteer Orientation session. 

We love our volunteers, and are always open to new ideas! For any questions related to volunteering, email volunteerNOLA@covenanthouse.org.

Please note that we cannot validate court mandated volunteer hours.

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Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Any item denoted with a * is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Clothing Room Volunteers

Each day, donors bring their gently used clothing and goods to our site. Our Clothing Room Volunteers organize and sort the donations, allowing our residents easy access to the clothes they need most. Many of our youth arrive with just the clothes on their back, and these donations help us ensure they have access to clean and quality clothing. 

Tutoring & Job Readiness

 Homework Help & Tutoring*

If you have tutoring experience, join our Homework Help Hotline! Assist youth with homework at least once a week via a Zoom call. Ideally, volunteers can tutor multiple high school-level subjects. Volunteers must have access to a stable internet connection. 

Job-Readiness Assistance*

Our Educational & Vocational team supports our youth with a variety of job readiness needs, and we love support from knowledgeable volunteers. Let us know if you have professional experience with resume building, interview prep, and job applications!

 

Welcome Desk Volunteers*

Welcome Desk Volunteers work in the hub of our Care Center and are the first friendly face a youth sees when entering Covenant House. In this position, you learn about everything going on at Covenant House and get to interact regularly with residents and community members. It’s a fast paced position that is vitally important to keeping things running smoothly in the Crisis Center. Volunteers interested in this role must commit to 1 four hour shift a week, for a minimum of 8 months and should have experience working with youth. 

Care Package Prep

Our off-site residents are always in need of certain home goods and food items, and we need the volunteer power to prep baskets for them with donations we receive from the community. Volunteers in this role will organize donations, prep kits, and then deliver the kits to off-site residents at their apartments. Please note: volunteers will be placed in groups of two or more for this activity, and at least one volunteer for each shift will need access to transportation for delivery.

Group Volunteers

Please note that our group volunteer opportunities are currently paused due to COVID. Email us at volunteerNOLA@covenanthouse.org to learn about other ways to get involved.

Prepare & Share a Meal

Prepare & Share a Meal for our residents! Groups (of 10 or fewer) can prepare or cater dinners or lunches for our youth. 

Want to learn more about this opportunity?

If your group, club, church, or company is interested in our Prepare & Share a Meal program, email us!

Move Krewe

Many supporters often want to donate gently used furniture or appliances, but we do not always have the capacity to transport these donated items from a donor to a youth. If you have a mid-sized vehicle and are able to move large objects, you can join our Move Krewe list. 

When we receive notification of a large donation, we will notify our Move Krewe team. Please note: this activity requires groups of two or more, and you will need access to transportation for delivery.

Physical Service Projects

We are always happy to have groups complete physical service projects, which include facility improvements like painting, cleaning, or gardening—anything that helps keep Covenant House a home for our residents.

For these types of projects, we typically recommend a 3 hour weekday commitment, between 9:00 to noon or noon to 3:00 PM. This opportunity is ideal for groups to be between 10 and 20 people.

Hold a Donation Drive

Our Most-Needed Items

  • Visit our Wish List to review a list of our most common needs.
  • Our needs change frequently! Before beginning a donation drive, please contact Haley Khoury at 504-584-1132 or hkhoury@covenanthouse.org.

Special Occasions

We always want our residents to know that they are loved and cared for. Holiday donation drives ensure that no young person is left out of the joy of the holidays.

  • Christmas  
    • Gift card drive (Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, etc.)
  • Easter baskets
  • Valentines baskets
  • Halloween goody bags
  • Welcome Home Baskets
    • Collect donations for individuals moving into their own apartments for the very first time! 

Before collecting donations for any special occasions, contact Haley Khoury at hkhoury@covenanthouse.org for the most up-to-date needs list. 

Our Volunteer Philosophy Statement

 

Covenant House New Orleans encourages and values the contributions of volunteers to our programs, administration, and facility so that, together as a Covenant House community, we can provide youth facing homelessness and human trafficking with respite and long term care. 

Covenant House New Orleans will give volunteers meaningful responsibilities, effective supervision, and recognition for their important work done. Volunteers are expected to perform their duties with absolute respect and unconditional love, remaining loyal to the mission and vision of Covenant House.