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Action Without Borders; 79 Fifth Avenue, 17th Floor; New York, NY 10003; 212-843-3973, 212-564-3377 fax

Action Without Borders connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Action Without Borders is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect.


American Red Cross National Headquarters; 025 E Street, NW; Washington, DC 20006; 202-303-4498

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The American Red Cross is not a government agency; we depend solely on the generosity of the American people. Red Cross services are made possible by volunteers who freely donate their time to help people in need. All Red Cross assistance is free.


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; 424 E. 92nd Street; New York, NY 10128-6804; 212-876-7700

Our mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. We offer national programs in humane education, public awareness, government advocacy, shelter support, and animal medical services and placement. Our New York City headquarters houses a full-service animal hospital, behavior center, adoption facility, and Humane Law Enforcement Department. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.


AmeriCorps; 1201 New York Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20525; 202-606-5000

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Together, these programs engage more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.


Big Brothers Big Sisters; 230 North 13th Street; Philadelphia, PA 19107; 215-567-7000;

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the United States. In 2002, the organization served more than 200,000 youth ages 5 through 18 in 5,000 communities across the country through a network of 470 agencies. National research has shown that the positive relationships between Big Brothers Big Sisters have a direct, measurable, and lasting impact on children’s lives.


Bread for the World; 50 F Street, NW, Suite 500; Washington, DC 20001; 202-639-9400, 800-82-BREAD, 202-639-9401 fax;,

Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers. BFW Institute seeks justice for hungry people by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development.


Boy Scouts of America; P.O. Box 152079; Irving, Texas 75015-2079

The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


Cat Haven, Inc.; P.O. Box 86231; Baton Rouge, LA 70879-8231; 225-346-4238;

Cat Haven is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to aid in the rescue and adoption of homeless cats and kittens in the Baton Rouge, LA area. We strive to foster an understanding of responsible feline care by advocating routine sterilization of cats for population control. Our Feral and Fix-a-Feline programs also help to reduce the cat population. Cat Haven has no paid staff and depends completely on the support of volunteers, members and donors to continue it’s work.


Center for International Rehabilitation; 211 E. Ontario, Suite 300; Chicago, IL 60611; 312-229-1359, 312-229-1370 fax;

The Center for International Rehabilitation is a not-for-profit organization that develops technologies and programs to help people with disabilities worldwide reach their full potential. Founded in 1996 by Dr. William Kennedy Smith, and based in Chicago, the CIR operates in collaboration with Northwestern University, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Department of Veterans Affairs Chicago Healthcare System.


Corporation for National and Community Service; 1201 New York Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20525; 202-606-5000, 202-606-3472 TTY;

To deepen our understanding of volunteering in America and to promote its growth, the Corporation for National and Community Service each year produces a number of reports and other publications that look at volunteering from many angles, including age, gender, economic status, education level, and geography.


Girls and Boys Town; 14100 Crawford Street; Boys Town, NE 68010; 402-498-1300, 402-498-1348 fax;

Girls and Boys Town, the original Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, is a leader in the treatment and care of abused, abandoned, and neglected girls and boys. Throughout its 86-year history, the nonprofit, nonsectarian organization has provided these children with a safe, caring, loving environment where they gain confidence to get better and learn skills to become productive citizens. Girls and Boys Town alumni have gone on to become successful in all facets of life.


Girl Scouts of America; 420 Fifth Avenue; New York, New York 10018-2798; 800-478-7248

Girl Scouts of America is the world’s largest organization dedicated to helping all girls everywhere build character and gain skills for success in the real world. In an accepting and nurturing environment, and in partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop strong values, leadership skills, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth that will serve them all their lives.


Goodwill Industries International, Inc.; 15810 Indianola Drive; Rockville, MD 20855; 301-530-6500

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 207 community-based, autonomous member organizations that serve people with workplace disadvantages and disabilities by providing job training and employment services, as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. With locations in the United States, Canada, and 23 other countries, we help people overcome barriers to employment and become independent, tax-paying members of their communities.


Habitat for Humanity International; 121 Habitat Street; Americus, GA 31709-3498; 229-924-6935 ext. 2551 or 2552;

In September 1976, Millard and Linda called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) as an organization was born at this meeting. The eight years that followed, vividly described in Millard Fuller’s book, Love in the Mortar Joints, proved that the vision of a housing ministry was workable. Faith, hard work, and direction set HFHI on its successful course.


Hands On Network; 600 Means Street, Suite 210; Atlanta, GA 30318; 404-979-2900, 404-979-2901 fax;

Hands On Network brings people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action. We are a growing network of more than a half million volunteers changing communities inside and outside the United States . Hands On Network creates and manages nearly 50,000 projects a year, from building wheelchair ramps in San Francisco to teaching reading in Atlanta , to rebuilding homes and lives in the Gulf Coast communities.


Humane Society of the United States; 2100 L Street, NW; Washington, DC 20037-1525; 202-452-1100

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has worked since 1954 to promote the protection of all animals. With nearly ten million members and constituents, The HSUS is the nation’s largest and most powerful animal protection organization, working in the United States and abroad to defend the interests of animals. We celebrate the human-animal bond, and we fight animal cruelty and abuse in all of its forms.


Network for Good; 7920 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 520; Bethesda, MD 20814; 866-650-4636, 240-482-3215 fax

Network for Good is a charitable resource, bringing together donors, volunteers, and charities online to accomplish good. Users can donate to more than one million charities and search from among more than 36,000 volunteer opportunities. In addition, non-profits can access tools for fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and donor communication.


Next American City, The; 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 902; Philadelphia, PA 19107; 215-546-4128;

Described by The New York Times as a “subtle plan to change the world,” The Next American City, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization founded by a new generation of urban thinkers and leaders to explore the transformation of America’s cities and suburbs, examining how and why our built environment, economy, society, and culture are changing. Through a quarterly magazine, events across the country, and op-eds in major newspapers, we promote socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in America ’s cities and suburbs.


Peace Corps; Washington, DC 20526; 800-424-8580

Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America’s most precious resource—its people. Peace Corps volunteers serve in 71 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology. Coming from all walks of life and representing the rich diversity of the American people, volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. Every Peace Corps volunteer’s experience is different. Whether teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia or launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa or working on soil conservation in Panama, volunteers bring their skills and life experiences where they are needed most.


Save the Children; 54 Wilton Road; Westport , CT 06880 ; 800-728-3843;

Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. It is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, comprising 28 national Save the Children organizations working in more than 110 countries to ensure the well-being of children.


Senior Corps; 1201 New York Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20525; 202-606-5000

Senior Corps is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. Through its three programs—Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)—more than half a million Americans age 55 and over assist local nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations in carrying out their missions. Senior Corps, part of the USA Freedom Corps, is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that also oversees AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. Together, these programs engage more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.


Sierra Club; 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor; San Francisco, CA 94105; 415-977-5500, 415-977-5799 fax;

The Sierra Club’s members are more than 700,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America’s oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization.


U.S. PIRG, United States Public Interest Research Group; 218 D Street, SE; Washington, DC 20003; 202-546-9707, 202-546-2461 fax;

U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest. When consumers are cheated, or our natural environment is threatened, or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, U.S. PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well-being and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and litigation. U.S. PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects our environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.


VolunteerMatch; 385 Grove Street; San Francisco, CA 94102; 415-241-6868, 415-241-6869;

VolunteerMatch is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help everyone find a great place to volunteer, and offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer, and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Interested volunteers can enter their ZIP code on the VolunteerMatch home page to quickly find local volunteer opportunities posted by nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.


Volunteers of America; 1660 Duke Street; Alexandria, VA 22314; 800-899-0089, 703-341-7000;

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement.


VolunTourism; 717 Third Avenue; Chula Vista, CA 91910; 619-434-6230; 619-426-6664 fax;

In the broadest sense, VolunTourism represents voluntary service experiences that include travel to a destination in order to realize ones service intentions. In a more refined and balanced approach, VolunTourism is the integrated combination of voluntary service to a destination with the traditional elements of travel and tourism—arts, culture, geography, history, and recreation—while in the destination.


YMCA; 101 North Wacker Drive; Chicago, IL 60606; 312-977-0031

Together, the nation’s more than 2,500 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 18.9 million men, women, and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. YMCAs are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages, and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. YMCAs’ strength is in the people they bring together.


YWCA; 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 1100; Washington, DC 20036; 202-467-0801; 202-467-0802 fax;

The YWCA USA is a women’s membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA will thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary.


New Orleans and Louisiana


Alliance for Good Government

The Alliance for Good Government is a nonprofit organization, which was registered and qualified to do business with the Secretary of State on December 13, 1967. Since then, the Alliance has operated, as an organization comprised of concerned citizens from all walks of life and political persuasions, who believe in good government for the citizens of the State of Louisiana.


American Red Cross, Southeast Louisiana Chapter; 2640 Canal Street; New Orleans, LA 70119; 504-620-3105, 504-827-2135 fax;

Serves Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington parishes.


Animal Rights for Life; P.O. Box 55284; Metairie, LA 70055-5284; 504-460-0136, 504-975-5971;

Animal Rights for Life (ARFL) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 by Gloria Trelles Ripple. ARFL is dedicated to the welfare and placement of companion animals. Each rescued animal by ARFLs dedicated volunteers receives a veterinary exam, all vaccines, de-worming, de-fleaing, and spay/neuter. Dogs are heartworm tested and cats are FeLV/FIV tested. Many have required medical attention, and have not been denied, such as heartworm treatments and surgeries. We operate out of the pockets of our members along with a few small donations made by some of the people who adopt our pets. ARFLs policy is that no animal should ever be killed for want of a good home. Based on this policy, many have found comfort in a forever home with a family to call their own.


Audubon Nature Institute; P.O. Box 4327; New Orleans, LA 70178; 504-861-2537;

Audubon Nature Institute’s purpose of celebrating the wonders of nature guides its mission to:


- Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality

- Exhibit the diversity of wildlife

- Preserve native Louisiana habitats

- Educate our diverse audience about the natural world

- Enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation

- Provide opportunities for recreation in natural settings

- Operate a financially self-sufficient collection of facilities

- Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience


Black Bear Conservation Committee; P.O. Box 80442; Baton Rouge, LA 70898; 225-763-5425, 225-765-2452 fax;

The mission of the Black Bear Conservation Committee is to promote the restoration of the Louisiana black bear in its historic range through education, research, and habitat management by:


- Providing educational workshops for schools, landowners, hunters, and the public

- Working with local communities to develop bear management plans

- Actively soliciting input from all interests that have a concern for bears or land use

- Serving as a model for a cooperative approach to natural resource management


Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Louisiana Council; 4200 S. I-10 Service Road; Metairie, LA 70001; 504-889-0388, 504-889-1162 fax


Bread for the World; Loyola University New Orleans; Box 907; New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-861-5834;

The goal of the New Orleans chapter of Bread for the World is to organize people and collaborate with community organizations in developing solutions to poverty and hunger issues through prayer, education, advocacy, and fundraising.


Catholic Charities; 1000 Howard Avenue, Suite 1000; New Orleans, LA 70113-1903; 504-523-3755, 504-581-2255;

The Catholic Church in New Orleans has been helping clothe, feed, educate, and care for the needy for 300 years. When the Ursuline Sisters arrived in New Orleans in 1727, they opened a school and began staffing a military hospital. They organized the first classes for black slave girls and Indian girls. They soon expanded their ministry to care for orphans and abused women. Over the next 200 years, numerous religious and lay communities formed orphanages, nursing homes, residences, and schools to care for the needy of Greater New Orleans.


The Center for Nonprofit Resources; 3801 Canal Street (Liberty Bank Building), Suite 309; New Orleans, LA 70119; 504-483-8080, 504-483-8087 fax

The Center is a full-service management support organization dedicated to strengthening nonprofit organizations throughout Louisiana. The Center works to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of nonprofit organizations by providing a wide range of high quality management support services that address the needs of their board, staff, and volunteer leadership.


Common Ground Collective; P.O. Box 6128; New Orleans, LA 70174; 504-304-9097;

Common Ground is a community-initiated volunteer organization offering assistance, mutual aid, and support. The work gives hope to communities by working with them, providing for their immediate needs, and emphasizing people working together to rebuild their lives in sustainable ways. It’s mission is to provide short-term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long-term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area.


Corporation for National and Community Service; 707 Florida Street, Suite 316; Baton Rouge, LA 70801; 225-389-0471, 225-389-0510 fax;

To deepen our understanding of volunteering in America and to promote its growth, the Corporation for National and Community Service each year produces a number of reports and other publications that look at volunteering from many angles, including age, gender, economic status, education level, and geography.


Each One Save One; 3501 Elysian Fields Avenue; New Orleans, LA 70122; 504-949-5252

Each One Save One is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the plight of children in our community through recruiting, training, and supporting an army of volunteer mentors throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area.


ERACE; 504-866-1163

ERACE is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers and supported solely by donations that go toward furthering the group’s mission. ERACE does not have a specific political or religious viewpoint. We do not endorse candidates for political office or engage in partisan politics. ERACE is made up of people with differing opinions on many subjects, but all of us, liberals, conservatives, etc., focus our energies on ways to diminish racism in the community.


Friends of City Park; #1 Palm Drive; New Orleans, LA 70124; 504-483-9376

The Friends of City Park is a support group formed in 1979 whose work has proved vital to the growth, beautification, and preservation of City Park. Because the park currently receives no funding from the city or state, their budget does not allow for capital improvements. Therefore, the Friends of City Park dedicates 100 percent of fundraising to purchase capital improvements within City Park.


Girls and Boys Town of Louisiana; 700 Frenchmen Street; New Orleans, LA 70116; 504-949-9248, 504-949-5735;

Our agency provides a safe environment for girls and boys in crisis, including runaway, homeless, court-placed, or abused children. While safe at the emergency shelters, the children work towards achieving individual treatment goals, learn life skills and problem-solving techniques, identify challenges, and learn to make better choices. Each shelter provides a full-time, certified teacher and classroom facility so that children do not fall behind scholastically.


Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana; New Orleans, LA 70121-3119; 504-733-8220;

The Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana is recognized as a major resource for leadership development of girls and women, receiving broad community support, funding, and participation; is passionate about building an inclusive, attractive, accessible, and visible organization that offers all girls the opportunity for learning and leadership experiences in an environment of care, commitment, respect, and trust; and successfully seeks and obtains the financial and human resources to support its role as a community leader enabling all girls to grow courageous and strong.


Global Green USA; 841 Carondelet Street; New Orleans, LA 70130; 504-525-2121, 504-525-2122 fax;

Global Green USA is a national environmental organization addressing three of the greatest challenges facing humanity:

- Stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities.

- Eliminating weapons of mass destruction that threaten lives and the environment.

- Providing clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to clean water.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation; 1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100; New Orleans, LA 70130; 504-598-4663, 504-598-4676 fax;

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, serving Southeast Louisiana. It provides an easy, flexible, and effective vehicle for donors’ philanthropic activities. The role of the Foundation is to connect donors to the nonprofits that they care about and to partner with community leadership in the region.


Green Light New Orleans; P.O. Box 13564; New Orleans, LA 70185; 504-324-2429;

Green Light New Orleans is an environmental organization addressing global warming and rising energy costs in the New Orleans area. The organization was founded in 2006 by Swiss-born Andi Hoffman as a response to the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. With the support of private donations, sponsors, and supporters, Green Light New Orleans is rapidly growing to meet the rising demand created by New Orleanians' desire to save energy and help the planet.


Habitat for Humanity; New Orleans Area; P.O. Box 15052; New Orleans, LA; 70175; 504-861- 2077, 504-866-6004;

- We are citizens concerned about the prevalence of substandard housing in New Orleans.

- We are citizens concerned with lack of affordable options for low-income families.

- We are people of all faiths, ages, and backgrounds who believe that we must act to demonstrate love for humankind.

- We are CEOs, carpenters, artists, accountants, single mothers, and students.


Hands On New Orleans; 4153 Canal Street; New Orleans, LA 70119; 504-483-7041, 504-483-7043 fax;

Hands On New Orleans offers volunteer projects that fit your schedule, interests, and community needs. Want to find or lead a local community project? Want to visit New Orleans and volunteer? Interested in a special event or a project for your corporation? No matter how or when you want to get involved, you can find a project here.


Humane Society of Louisiana; P.O. Box 740321; New Orleans, LA 70174; 504-366-8972, 504-366-1278 fax;

The Humane Society of Louisiana prevents cruelty to animals through education, investigation, and advocacy. A licensed “pet detective agency,” the group operates a no-kill sanctuary for abused and neglected animals in New Orleans and has volunteer chapters in different parts of the state. The group is a private charity, which is not affiliated with any other state or national organization. The group relies totally on private donations for support.


Idea Village; 638 Camp Street; New Orleans, LA 70130; 504-304-3284, 504-304-3294 fax;

The Idea Village is a 501(c) (3) economic development organization whose mission is to ignite innovation by providing strategy, talent and resources to entrepreneurial ventures. Since 2002, we have engaged a powerful network of talented individuals committed to developing a vibrant entrepreneurial community in New Orleans.


Junior Achievement; 5100 Orleans Avenue; New Orleans, LA 70124; 504-569-8650, 504-569-8670 fax;

Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. is a local office of the national Junior Achievement, the world’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit economic education organization. Our programs are taught by classroom volunteers from the business community in both the U.S. and nearly 100 countries worldwide. Our purpose is to educate young people to value Free Enterprise, understand Business and Economics, and be Workforce-ready.


Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; P.O. Box 6965; Metairie, LA 70009; 504-836-2215, 504-836-7070 fax;

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, a membership-based citizen’s organization, is the public’s independent voice dedicated to restoring and preserving the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Through coordination of restoration activities, education, and advocacy; monitoring of the regulatory process; and citizen action, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation works in partnership with all segments of the community to restore and preserve the waters and habitats of the basin for this and future generations.


Louisiana Children's Museum; 420 Julia Street; New Orleans, LA 70130; 504-523-1357, 504-529-3666 fax;

The Louisiana Children’s Museum promotes hands-on, participatory learning for children of all ages. Encouraging discovery through observation, inquiry, creative construction, role-playing, problem-solving, and free play, the Museum motivates children to develop their cognitive, physical, and social skills while enjoying fruitful interaction with adults and peers.


Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; 1319 Japonica Street; New Orleans, LA 70117; 504-944-7445, 504-947-6690 fax

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a private nonprofit organization that provides a compassionate shelter for all companion animals and exists solely through the donations and support of people who love animals as much as we do.


New Orleans Mission; 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.; New Orleans, LA 70113

The New Orleans Mission serves the poor, needy, and homeless populations of New Orleans. The Mission tries to meet both spiritual and physical needs in helping people to be restored to a correct relationship with God and a productive relationship with society. As an arm of the Christian Church, the Mission ministers to the least the last and the lost. The mission provides meals, shelter, clothing, showers, job-skills training, addiction recovery programs, GED prep, literacy training, life skills training, and daily chapel services.


New Orleans Outreach; 3801 Monroe Street; New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-486-2887, 504-486-2856 fax;

New Orleans Outreach targets 4 to 14 year old children who attend public elementary and middle schools in Orleans Parish. Our schools need the resources to aid committed school personnel in improving the students’ education. The students served are 98 percent African American; at least 88 percent are economically disadvantaged, as indicated by the percent who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


NO/AIDS Task Force; 2601 Tulane Avenue, Suite 500; New Orleans, LA 70119; 504-821-2601

To reduce the spread of HIV infection, provide services, advocate empowerment, safeguard the rights and dignity of HIV-affected individuals, and provide for an enlightened public.


Only On Oak; 8436 Oak Street; New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-228-3349;

The Oak Street Association is a non-profit organization comprising business owners, residents, and interested citizens throughout the greater New Orleans area. Its mission it is to improve, preserve, and protect Oak Street and the surrounding neighborhood as a way of maintaining its historic and cultural contribution to the community. Our vision is a viable urban commercial district that a) functions as a distinct destination, b) appeals to a wide variety of market segments and demographics, and c) fosters successful independently-owned businesses that provide excellent customer service, product choices, and uniqueness, in well-designed and attractive stores, with high-quality marketing and image development values and is a great place to live, work, shop, and invest. As merchants and residents of the Oak Street community, we work together to improve its appearance and safety, to preserve our historic integrity and local culture, and to attract, support, and promote diverse, sustainable businesses.


Peace Corps, Dallas Regional Office; 207 S. Houston Street, Room 527; Dallas, TX 75202; 800-424-8580, 214-253-5400, 214-253-5401 fax;

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. Three simple goals comprise the Peace Corps mission:


1. Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

2. Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

3. Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of all Americans.


Preservation Resource Center; 923 Tchoupitoulas Street; New Orleans, LA 70130-3819; 504-581-7032;

The Preservation Resource Center was founded in 1974 to promote the preservation of New Orleans’ historic architecture by expanding the constituency that understands the economic, cultural, and aesthetic importance of historic preservation, and by involving citizens in preservation projects and services that enhance living in New Orleans.


The Pro Bono Project; 615 Baronne Street, Suite 201; New Orleans, LA 70113; 504-581-4043, 504-566-0518;

The Pro Bono Project’s mission is to provide free quality civil legal services to the poor by engaging volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono legal services. Entering its 17th year of operation, The Project has expanded both its range of services and its geographic scope. To date, over 10,000 clients have been assisted with their civil legal problems.


Rebuild the Lakefront; 504-905-2641; is a non-profit organization with various projects that include free water stain removal; organized clean-up crews; food assistance; rebuilding of the Lakefront/Lakeview's infrastructure (city roads); assisting in the rebuilding of entire neighborhoods; providing student housing for college students; assisting FEMA in any way possible to expedite trailer housing; rebuilding city parks, churches, and governmental buildings; and attracting people to move back into the Lakefront/Lakeview area.


Retired and Senior Volunteer of New Orleans; P.O. Box 19067; New Orleans, LA 70179-0067; 504-821-4121, 504-821-1222 fax

The mission of RSVP is to provide a variety of opportunities for retired persons aged 55 or older to participate more freely in the life of their community through volunteer service.


Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.; P.O. Box 58105; New Orleans, LA 70158-8105; 504-525-3377, 504-525-6677 fax;

Save Our Cemeteries’ goal is to provide tomb owners and cemetery operators with information outlining proper restoration techniques suitable for historic tombs. SOC has participated in two pilot studies, which monitor conservation techniques for aboveground burial monuments. Our 2001 pilot study restored a tomb under the guidance of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Historic Preservation, using the skills of local tomb builders. The end result of the project was not only a restored tomb, but also a training program for local artisans in restoring a historic tomb using the Secretary of Interior’s standards for historic preservation. Currently, restoration is underway on several tombs in St. Louis No. 1 with the help of a $150,000 grant from Save America’s Treasures.


Sierra Club; Delta Chapter; P.O. Box 19469; New Orleans, LA 70179-0469; 504-836-3062;


Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR); 1545 State Street; New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-899-0820, 504-895-2668 fax;

Founded in New Orleans in 1985, STAIR is a volunteer-based, non-profit childrens literacy organization that provides reading tutors for public school second grade students.


United States Public Interest Research Group, Gulf States Field Office; 7808 Maple St., Rear Office; New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-314-1022;


Volunteer New Orleans; 4152 Canal Street; New Orleans, LA 70119; 504-483-3557, 504-525-1704 fax;

Volunteer New Orleans (VNO) focuses on bringing awareness to citizens about the importance of volunteerism in the greater New Orleans area. VNO helps provide the critical connection between members of the community with area non-profits, charities, and volunteer organizations.


Wild Cat Foundation; 1001 E. St. Mary Boulevard; Lafayette, LA 70503; 337-371-9865;

Wild Cat Foundation is the first and only non-profit 501(c)3 TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) group established in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. We are dedicated to promoting humane solutions to feral feline overpopulation. A volunteer group, we help colony caregivers humanely trap feral cats, which are then transported to feral friendly veterinarians for vetting. After a brief recovery, all cats are returned to their colonies. The colonies no longer increase in size and receive periodic monitoring.


YMCA; 601 S. Jeff Davis Parkway; New Orleans, LA 70119; 504-482-9922, 504-482-2625 fax;

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans is proud to say that it will celebrate 150 years of service to the New Orleans community this year. Volunteers started it on November 16, 1852 and it is still run by volunteers to this day. It is a nonprofit organization, which services the community in the areas of childcare, educational services, health, and fitness.


YURP (Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals); 504-312-0049;

Thousands of young people have moved to New Orleans to help with the relief effort and need a way to connect with the locals who are doing their own rebuilding. The mission of the NOLA YURP Initiative is to build a support and resource network to connect, retain, and attract young professionals from diverse backgrounds for a sustainable New Orleans. For New Orleans to rebuild itself, we must invest in the people that will be here in the future.


YWCA; 1215 Prytania Street, Suite 103; New Orleans, LA 70130; 504-568-9622

The YWCA is a women’s membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.


Special Resources for Those Affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Note: While the organizations below may not be volunteer-oriented, they still provide valuable information.


Animal Rescue New Orleans; 271 Plauche Street; Jefferson, LA 70123; 504-571-1900;

Animal Rescue New Orleans is an organization created and dedicated to the rescue and aid of abandoned and homeless animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi, including responding to the immediate needs of those animals in need of medical care, or who have been neglected, abused, and deprived of love. ARNO promotes the foster, adoption, and reunion of pets with caretakers, as well as spaying/neutering of all companion animals. See these videos by independent filmmakers Laura Bergerol, Denise Richards Donnelly, Pam Leavy, and Jennifer Zdon:


Laura Bergerol


- ARNOTwo Years Later, 8/07, 10:14


Denise Richards Donnelly


- Katrina Tails, 12/07, 5:11


Pam Leavy


- You'll Never Walk Alone, 910/05, 3:21

- I Want to Live, 1011/05, 4:21

- Somebody's Praying, 12/05, 6:00

- Still Forgotten, 9/06, 4:44

- Troubled Waters Remain, 12/06, 9:31

- Not Too Far From Here, 17/07, 6:55

- Miss Bridget, 8/08, 4:29

- Raisin, 8/08, 3:15


Jennifer Zdon, The Times-Picayune


- Animal Rescue of New Orleans, 5/07, 3:32


Louisiana Children's Museum; 420 Julia Street; New Orleans, LA 70130; 504-523-1357, 504-529-3666 fax;

New programs in development include healing curricula for children who have been traumatized by Hurricane Katrina to include Save the Children programming as well as therapeutic art, music, and play.; is a nonpartisan, information web portal developed by a public-private partnership among government, business, and nonprofit organizations representing Louisiana residents affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The portal provides an entrance to the services, resources, support networks, and other vital information to help residents and businesses rebuild their lives, their communities, and their state. The portal offers a "first stop on the way home," wherever residents decide they want home to be. The portals founding funder is Living Cities.


Louisiana Recovery Authority; 525 Florida Street, 2nd Floor; Baton Rouge, LA 70801-1732; 225-382-5502, 225-338-5364 fax

The Louisiana Recovery Authority is the planning and coordinating body that was created in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to plan for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana. The authority is working with Governor Blanco to plan for Louisiana’s future, coordinate across jurisdictions, support community recovery and resurgence, and ensure integrity and effectiveness. Working in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, the authority also is addressing short-term recovery needs while simultaneously guiding the long-term planning process.


Louisiana Speaks; Center for Planning Excellence; 402 North 4th Street; Baton Rouge, LA 70802; 225-267-6306 fax;

Louisiana Speaks is a multifaceted planning process, endorsed by the Louisiana Recovery Authority, to develop a sustainable, long-term vision for South Louisiana in the wake of the destruction caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This work combines the efforts of local, state, and federal partners along with many experts, stakeholders, and citizens into a comprehensive approach. The Louisiana Speaks process includes: 1) Planning for individual homeowners and businesses through the development of a toolkit for residential and commercial architecture, which is led by Urban Design Associates; 2) Planning for neighborhoods through local design charrettes, which are led by Duany-Plater Zyberk; 3) Parish-level planning supported by Long-Term Community Recovery Teams, which are coordinated through the LRA and FEMA; and 4) 25-year South Louisiana regional planning, which is led by Calthorpe Associates.


One Economy; 1220 19th Street, NW, Suite 610; Washington, DC 20036-2437; 202-393-0051, 202-393-7260 fax;

One Economy is a national non-profit organization created to be a catalyst for innovation and change. We help bring access to technology into the homes of low-income people around the country. We use that technology to connect low-income people to information and tools they can use to build assets and improve their lives.


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