Volunteer and Membership Opportunities
Arc of Greater New Orleans welcomes those who wish to volunteer; especially groups who wish to come to Arc for a day project. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and have access to transportation. Individuals, who wish to volunteer on a long-term basis, will be required to fill out a volunteer form and undergo a background check. There is a fee for this process.
A 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 those with intellectual disabilities to work in the various companies. Currently, Arc operates five social enterprises, two of which offer volunteer opportunities for small and large groups: the Vintage Garden Farm and the Mardi Gras Recycling Center.
Vintage Garden Farm
The Vintage Garden Farm grows and harvests a variety of fruits and vegetables on three different sites. Much of the produce harvested is sold at local farmer’s markets, while the rest is used in the Vintage Garden Kitchen, another one of Arc’s social enterprises that makes healthy soups, salads and wraps.
Team building and group volunteer opportunities are available year-round on the farms. Volunteers are tasked with jobs such as weeding, tilling, row building, harvesting, mulching and planting. If you are interested in learning more about sustainable gardening and large farming projects, this is a great opportunity – as long as you don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty!
Mardi Gras Recycling Center
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 are tasked with sorting Mardi Gras beads by length and size and sometimes by color. 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
For more information on volunteering at Arc, please call the Arc’s Volunteer Coordinator at 504-837-5105.
The Arc of Greater New Orleans is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Since 1953, the Arc of Greater New Orleans has continued to provide services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families. Your financial contribution will assist us in providing quality care and services.
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