Volunteers of America

Since 1896, Volunteers of America's ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable people, touching the mind, body and spirit of those we serve. Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans addresses the most challenging issues of the day and develops innovative solutions to meet the needs of our community. Our diverse offering of more than 20 human services programs enables us to support and empower children, families, seniors, individuals with disabilities and veterans in 16 south Louisiana parishes. Delivering lifesaving short-term as well as lifelong services to those in need, we support over 50,000 of the most underserved individuals in our community annually. As an affiliate of a leading national human service charity, Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans has a rich history and a promising future in south Louisiana.

WHAT YOU DO

Loyola service learners can serve with one of four programs:

1.        Fresh Food Factor: Loyola service learners serving with this program will assist in our commercial kitchen by helping cook meals for the nearby schools. They may also be able to work alongside our staff to help with nutritional planning and business development. Students will be asked to sign up for 2 hours per visit and at least every other week. Also, please note that appropriate attire is required and students should wear comfortable, loose fit clothing and closed toe shoes.

2.        Supportive Services for Veteran Families: Loyola service learners will work alongside case workers to help resolve the needs of veteran family members. They may be asked to help with social work and administrative duties depending on their schedule. Most work will be administrative, but may include site visits and hands-on projects.

3.         Terraces on Tulane Senior Housing: Students will work with seniors at our Terraces on Tulane  by spending time with the seniors  at our facility, playing games and interacting as well as helping the seniors with computer skills. Students can also help organize and facilitate birthday parties for the residents. 

4.        Mentoring Children of Promise: Without intervention, 70% of the children with a parent in prison will one day find themselves behind bars. This program matches caring adults with youth who have a parent in prison. Mentors volunteer to give these young people extra acceptance, attention, encouragement, guidance and hope. Volunteers of America understands the trauma of loss these children experience and the economic and social challenges that result from incarceration. As a volunteer mentor, you can help children rise above these challenges.

 

WHAT YOU LEARN

Students who serve at Fresh Food Factor will learn about nutrition guidelines for schools including portion sizes and gain culinary skills, including how to operate commercial equipment and prepare healthy meals in large quantities. They will also learn about food sources and suppliers and kitchen safety and management.

Students serving with Supportive Services for Veteran Families will be working behind the scenes in our administrative office and have the opportunity to develop social work and office skills. Internships also available.

Students serving with the Terraces on Tulane Senior Housing  will gain skills in social work by being hands on with our case managers and clients. They will have opportunities to interact with the clients directly as well as work behind the scenes to organize projects.

Students serving with Mentoring Children of Promise will learn about the challenges that children with incarcerated parents face, and the barriers that they overcome to participate fully in society.

 

INTERACTIONS

senior citizens
people who are homeless or in transitional housing situations
other staff members of our agency

PRESERVICE REQUIREMENTS

  1. An on-site orientation will be provided during your first day of service.  Necessary training will be provided periodically throughout your service.

DAYS & TIMES

Program Days/Times
Fresh Food Factor
Mon - Fri, 9am-11am or 1-3pm
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm
Terraces on Tulane Senior Housing 
Mon - Sun, 9am-5pm

 

TRANSPORTATION
4152 Canal Street (Main Office)
Maps & directions

Click each address below for map, directions, and travel times.

Fresh Food Factor
1746 Tchoupitoulas Street

Supportive Services for Veteran Families
127 South Solomon St., New Orleans

Terraces on Tulane Senior Housing 
3615 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, 70119

CONTACT
Victoria King
Volunteer Services Coordinator
vking@voagno.org
504.486.8699