Arc of GNO welcome community members, professionals and skilled labor. We are a large non-profit organization needing help with everything from refrigeration to photography, fitness coaches to graphic design and even a logistics expert can help us sort through an occasional 'situation.'
There is always a need for electricians, mechanics, or carpenters. Architects, artists, musicians, and even theater professionals will find some rewarding and useful way to support Arc of GNO if you feel inspired.
Make a difference in your community by volunteering at Arc of Greater New Orleans. We have many opportunities to suit your interests. All volunteers must be at least 16 years or older.
One unique aspect of the organization is the operation of several social enterprises, which are non-profit businesses run by Arc. These social enterprises allow Arc to then employ people with intellectual disabilities to work in the various enterprises. Currently, Arc operates six social enterprises, two of which offer volunteer opportunities for small and large groups on a regular basis: the Vintage Garden Farm and Arc's Mardi Gras Recycling Center.
If you are interested in learning more about sustainable growing practices and large farming projects, this is a great opportunity – as long as you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty!
Team building and group volunteer opportunities are available year-round on the farm. Volunteers help weed, till, build rows, mulch and plant fields.
Summers in Louisiana are hot, so bring cold water, gloves, sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. Wear loose, lightweight clothing. Winters are variable, so watch the weather and plan for mild to extreme damp cold. If you come prepared, it will make your day an enjoyable one.
While New Orleans and surrounding areas celebrate the carnival season each year for two weeks, Arc of Greater New Orleans is in Mardi Gras mode year round.
Arc receives donations of beads and throws from area residents that are then sorted, packaged and sold to float riders in 30-pound crawfish sacks.
The Mardi Gras Recycling Center makes for a fun and festive volunteer outing, especially for large groups.
Mardi Gras music is always part of the setting as volunteers sort Mardi Gras beads. Volunteers will work with Arc crew members who are always more than happy to share their Mardi Gras experiences as well as a few dance moves they’ve learned along the way. This indoor activity can get a little dirty, but Arc provides gloves for each volunteer so clean-up is quick and easy.