2017 Service Project Directory for Juniors

Posted January 29, 2017 / Last updated March 10, 2017

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Jesuit High School strives to provide its students with a wide variety of service opportunities. These opportunities have been grouped together into related categories; to skip ahead to a specific category, select the link at the beginning of the directory. This listing is primarily for juniors looking for an agency to work with for their 100-hour service project. It is also available for other students, faculty, or staff looking for possible ways to serve. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kevin Murphy (murphy@jesuitnola.org).

Attention Juniors: Before reviewing the options in this directory, keep the following in mind:

  • You must complete your 100 hours with a single agency. Any exceptions must be approved by Mr. Murphy.
  • You should discuss your choice with Mr. Murphy before beginning to work with an agency. He will provide you with the necessary application or sign-up sheet for your project.
  • There are a set number of available spots per agency.
  • Many of these projects will fill up quickly, so don’t procrastinate.
  • You must turn in a completed service contract, which will commit you to a specific project, by April 21.

Service Areas

Tutoring and Teaching

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Overview: Involves work with children who may be poor, sick, or disadvantaged in some other way. Students need to show patience, sensitivity, and concern. A high degree of energy and enthusiasm is necessary. Students work one-on-one with children who are struggling in school or do not have the same educational opportunities as others.

A’s & Aces

Summary: Program provides academic enrichment and tennis lessons to New Orleans public school children (no tennis experience necessary).

Location: Dillard University in Gentilly and Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East

Dates: Weekdays during the summer

Contact: Freya Hoffman-Terry, outreach@asandaces.org, (504) 434-2259

Spots available: Four at each location

 

Carrollton Summer Camp

Summary: This camp is run by the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church for low-income kids in New Orleans. Activities include art, music, drama, academic enrichment, athletics, and more. The camp is held at Lyons Recreation Center in Uptown New Orleans.

Location: Lyons Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. New Orleans, LA 70112

Dates: Weekdays during the summer

Contact: Sean Tate, sean@scapc.org, (504) 615-4971

Spots available: Up to 10

 

FirstLine Summer Academy

Summary: Summer program for low-income children in New Orleans which focuses on academics in the morning, with afternoons set aside for sports, arts, and music.

Location: Samuel Green Charter (2319 Valence St, New Orleans, LA 70115) and Langston Hughes Academy (3519 Trafalgar St, New Orleans, LA 70119)

Dates: Weekdays from June 6-30.

Contact: Corrie Kennedy, (504) 717-3204, volunteer@firstlineschools.org

Spots available: 7

 

FirstLine Summer Camp X

Summary: Summer program for low-income children in New Orleans which focuses on non-academic enrichment projects, such as art, bicycle repair, and urban gardening.

Location: Phyllis Wheatley Community School, 2300 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Dates: Weekdays from June 6-30.

Contact: Corrie Kennedy, (504) 717-3204, volunteer@firstlineschools.org

Spots available: 7

 

FirstLine Kindergarten Play

Summary: Summer program for low-income children ages four to six, which focuses on recreation and arts activities.

Location: Arthur Ashe Charter School, 1456 Gardena Dr, New Orleans, LA 70122

Dates: Weekdays from June 6-30.

Contact: Corrie Kennedy, (504) 717-3204, volunteer@firstlineschools.org

Spots available: 7

 

Good Shepherd School

Summary: The Good Shepherd School runs summer camps for children in Kindergarten through 7th grade. Volunteer duties would include assisting with classroom activities, lunch, field trips, and recreational activities.

Location: 353 Baronne St., NOLA 70112

Dates: Weekdays during the summer; after school during the school year.

Contact: Glenn Ferrand, 598-9399, gferrand@thegoodshepherdschool.org

Spots available: 12

 

Israelite Baptist Church

Summary: Agency serves low-income residents of Central City. Duties would include assisting with fun and academically challenging summer camp activities for kids ages 7-12.  Duties also include chaperoning fieldtrips on Friday outings.

Location: 2100 Martin Luther King Blvd. NOLA 70113

Dates: Weekdays during the summer. After school tutoring may also be available during the school year.

Contact: Jennifer Page, 931-3266, jenniferpagenola@gmail.com

Spots available: 8

 

Operation Upgrade

Summary: Program serves primarily inner-city, economically disadvantaged youth.  Students teach math, reading, English, and problem-solving to 6th-8th graders. Program is run by Jesuit teachers and students. See Mr. Michalik for more information.

Location: Jesuit, 4133 Banks St., NOLA 70119

Dates: Weekdays during June, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Contact: Mr. James Michalik, 483-3881, michalik@jesuitnola.org

Spots available: 15-20

 

St. Anna’s Episcopal

Summary: St. Anna’s runs camps for local children focusing on academics and the arts. St. Anna’s encourages students with an interest in music and the arts to apply.

Location: 1313 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans

Dates: Students would work either the first or second session. Session One: June 19-23 and June 26-30. Session Two: July 10-14 and July 17-21. All volunteers must attend certain training classes held the week of June 12.

Contact: Darryl Durham, 947-2121

Spots available: 5 per session

 

Care for the Elderly

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Overview: Many elderly persons have impaired sight, hearing, mobility, or memory. Some are lonely. Visiting with them and listening to their stories and advice can be very rewarding.  Students often help transport the elderly in wheelchairs and organize games and activities for them. Students need to show patience, compassion, and concern. No more than five students can work at a particular nursing home.

Alpha House

Location: 20127 Highway 36, Covington, LA 70434

Contact: (985) 892-7074 or Shannon Murphy at (504) 310-6962

 

Atrium Assisted Living

Location: 6555 Park Manor Dr., Metairie, LA 70003

Contact: (504) 454-6635

 

Carrington Place

Location: 5301 Tullis Drive, NOLA 70131

Contact: (504) 394-5807

 

Chateau Living Center

Location: 716 Village Rd., Kenner, LA 70065

Contact: Shonka Champagne, 464-0604

 

Colonial Oaks Nursing Home

Location: 4312 Ithaca St., Metairie, LA 70006

Contact: Myra Dunn, 887-6414

 

Greenbrier Community Care Center

Location: 505 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458

Contact: (985) 643-6900

 

The Greenwalt Center

Location: 1926 18th St., Kenner, LA 70062

Contact: 461-5889 or Shannon Murphy at (504) 310-6962

 

Heart of Hospice

Location: Locations vary

Contact: Beth Chauvin, (504) 341-0038

Note: Volunteers would help the elderly with various tasks and activities (reading to them, praying with them, assisting with and sharing meals, playing bingo, etc.). Heart of Hospice works with eldercare organizations across the New Orleans metro area, so students could choose to work in the neighborhood most convenient for them.

 

Heritage Manor of Mandeville

Location: 1820 W Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA 70448

Contact: (985) 626-4798

 

Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare

Location: 5600 General DeGaulle, New Orleans, LA  70131

Contact: Angela Paz, 394-5991

 

Riverbend Nursing & Rehab Center

Location: 13735 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Contact: Evelyn Crochet, 656-0068

 

St. Joseph Hospice

Location: 824 Elmwood Park Blvd. #155, Harahan, 70123

Contact: 734-0140

 

St. Luke’s Living Center

Location: 4201 Woodland Dr., NOLA 70131

Contact: 378-5050

 

St. Margaret’s at Mercy

Location: 3525 Bienville St., NOLA 70119

Contact: Brian Diaz, 279-6414

 

Sunrise Assisted Living

Location: 3732 W. Esplanade Ave, Metairie, LA 70002

Contact: (504) 889-9777

 

Vista Shores Assisted Living

Location: 5958 St. Bernard Ave., NOLA 70122

Contact: 288-3737

 

Wynhoven Healthcare Center

Location: 1050 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, 70072

Contact: 347-0777

Day Programs for the Disabled

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Overview: Working with the developmentally disabled requires a great deal of compassion and energy. The disabled often need help with basic tasks that others take for granted. Day camps give disabled children the opportunity to get away from their normal routine and engage in fun activities with others facing similar challenges. Activities involve swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and field trips. Students are often responsible for a specific child or group of children and need a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to keep up with them.

ARC of Greater New Orleans

Summary: Duties would include working with developmentally disabled clients to sort Mardi Gras beads and tend a community garden.

Location: Metairie, Uptown, Chalmette, Northshore

Dates: Weekdays during the summer

Contact: 504-837-5105

Spots available: 5

 

Jefferson Parish Recreation Department (East Bank)

Summary: JPRD runs day camps for developmentally disabled youth. Activities include sports, art, games, and field trips.

Location: 6921 Saints Drive, Metairie, 70003

Dates: Students would pick one session. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

  • Session One: June 5-30
  • Session Two: July 10-28

Contact: Leslie Dunn, 736-6999

Spots available: 5 per session

 

Camp Friendship (Spina Bifida Association)

Summary: Week-long day camp for children ages 3+ with spina bifida. Volunteer duties would include assisting with wheelchair mobility, swimming, arts & crafts, fieldtrips. Must be combined with another agency (only 50 hours).

Location: River Ridge

Dates: July 24-28

Contact: Jamie MacDonald, campdir@sbgno.org, (504) 737-5181

Spots available: 5

 

JoJo’s Hope, Inc.

Summary: JoJo’s Hope teaches swimming, water safety, and fitness exercises to the disabled and underserved populations in the Greater New Orleans area. Students must be comfortable working in water and should have some background in swimming.

Locations: Elmwood Athletic Club (Metairie and Northshore)

Dates: school year (weekends) and summer (weekdays)

Contact: For Metairie, Paula LaCour, (504) 385-0046, klacour1@bellsouth.net; for Northshore, Robby Fritscher, (985) 705-5597, RFritscher@myfrancos.com

Spots available: 3 per location

 

Magnolia Community Services

Summary: Agency is an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled. Students assist in recreational activities and work in training centers.  Includes bowling at Colonial Lanes.

Location: 100 Central Ave., Jefferson. 70121

Dates: Dates and times are flexible, summer and school year

Contact: Mary McDuff, 731-1339

Spots available: 3

 

Padua Pediatric Program

Summary: Program for children with severe mental and physical disabilities.

Location: 200 Beta St., Belle Chasse, LA 70037

Dates: Weekdays during the summer

Contact: Ronna Trager, rptrager@ccano.org, (504) 392-0502 or Shannon Murphy at 310-6962

Spots available: 2

 

St. Michael Special School

Summary: Summer camp for students with mild and moderate developmental disabilities.

Location: 1522 Chippewa St., NOLA 70130

Dates: Weekdays during the summer

Contact: Ms. Norris, 524-7285

Spots available: 12

Overnight Camps for the Disabled

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Overview: These one-week camps are geared toward children with special needs. Students are usually responsible for one child or a small group of children for the entirety of camp. Duties may include getting them out of bed in the morning, helping them bathe and dress, assisting them in the bathroom, feeding them, bringing them to activities, and putting them to bed at night. Students may also have assignments geared toward the smooth running of the camp as a whole. Overnight camps can be intense and exhausting, but they are extremely rewarding.

Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp

Summary: Camp serves people ages 6 months to 65 years old with various types of developmental disabilities. The first week is for children and teens; the second week is for adults. Students are paired with an individual or small group as a friend/buddy during one of the sessions and are responsible for direct care and supervision as well as daily living needs and camp activities (swimming, hiking, boating, arts and crafts, etc.).

Location: Lumberton, Mississippi, about 1½ hours from New Orleans.

Dates: Youth Session, July 15-21; Adult Session, July 23-28

Contact: Terri Daniels, troyd@megagate.com

Spots available: Three for first session; two for second session.

 

Camp Challenge

Summary: Camp serves children with cancer and blood disorders.  Siblings also attend camp. Students work as camp counselors, staff, or assistants.

Location: Lions Camp near Leesville, LA.

Dates: July 22-28. Mandatory training in New Orleans on July 8.

Contact: Cathy Allain, 347-2267, campchallengemail@gmail.com

Spots available: 8

 

Camp Kandoo

Summary: Camp Kandoo serves children ages 6-12 with Down’s Syndrome. Volunteers will accompany campers for all activities and help campers with daily life skills.

Location: Outside Monroe, in Choudrant, LA.

Dates: June 11-16

Contact: Kacie Hobson, (318) 329-8405, kacie@medcamps.org

Spots available: 5

 

Camp Pelican

Summary: Camp serves children with pulmonary disorders: cystic fibrosis, chronic asthma, ventilator dependent. Students work as activity staff, counselors, or counselors-in-training.

Location: Lions Camp near Leesville, LA.

Dates: May 27-June 3. Mandatory training held in New Orleans on May 13.

Contact: Cathy Allain, 347-2267, campchallengemail@gmail.com

Spots available: 3

 

Camp Rolling Thunder

Summary: Camp Rolling Thunders serves children with spina bifida and orthopedic conditions. Volunteers will accompany campers for all activities and help campers with daily life skills.

Location: Outside Monroe, in Choudrant, LA.

Dates: June 4-9

Contact: Kacie Hobson, (318) 329-8405, kacie@medcamps.org

Spots available: 5

 

Camp Rough Riders

Summary: Camp Rough Riders serves children with cerebral palsy. Volunteers will be responsible for assigned camper(s) at all times. Volunteers will accompany campers for all activities and help campers with daily life skills.

Location: Outside Monroe, in Choudrant, LA.

Dates: July 9-14

Contact: Kacie Hobson, (318) 329-8405, kacie@medcamps.org

Spots available: 5

 

Camp Smile

Summary: Camp Smile serves children and adults with various disabilities. Volunteers will be responsible for assigned camper(s) at all times. Volunteers will accompany campers for all activities and help campers with daily life skills. Location: Camp is located near Mobile, Alabama.

Dates: There is a mandatory counselor training June 22-24. Then you work one of four sessions.

  • Session One: campers ages 15-21; June 27-July 1
  • Session Two: campers ages 22-50; July 4-8
  • Session Three: campers ages 5-9; July 11-15
  • Session Four: campers ages 10-14; July 18-22

Contact: Matrisza Alvarez, (251) 479-4900, malvarez@ucpmobile.org

Spots available: 5 per session

 

Camp Smiling Suns

Summary: Camp Smiling Suns serves children ages 13-16 with Down’s Syndrome. Volunteers will accompany campers for all activities and help campers with daily life skills.

Location: Outside Monroe, in Choudrant, LA.

Dates: July 16-21

Contact: Kacie Hobson, (318) 329-8405, kacie@medcamps.org

Spots available: 5

 

Krewe de Camp

Summary: Camp serves children with cerebral palsy and similar conditions. Students are responsible for all facets of caring for a child with cerebral palsy including feeding, bathing, clothing, assisting in daily activities, and providing companionship for the week of camp.

Location: Camp Abbey in Covington.

Dates: May 27 – June 2

Contact: Lauren Davis, 914-6157

Spots available: 25

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp

Summary: MDA Camp serves children and adults ages 6-21 with neuromuscular disorder. Students work one-on-one with a camper, acting as his “muscles” and assisting with daily living tasks and camp activities.

Location: Camp is located in Pollack, LA.

Dates: June 17-23

Contact: Molly Lehmuller, 455-4460

Spots available: 15

Service Trips Abroad

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Overview: Every summer Jesuit offers service trips to Latin America where students perform manual labor in a small community. The work is usually very demanding and is performed in partnership with the community’s residents. In addition to the meaningful work, these trips expose students to an entirely different culture and offer a first-hand experience of life in the developing world.

Dominican Republic Trip

Summary: A group of 20 students and two faculty chaperones will travel to the Dominican Republic to build a multi-purpose sports court with the residents of Cruce de Mela, a mixed Haitian-Dominican community north of Santo Domingo. The trip is run by Courts for Kids (www.courtsforkids.org). To apply for a spot on the trip, see Mr. Murphy in Room 206 ASAP.

Dates: May 29-June 7

Cost: $2,050

Contact: Mr. Murphy, murphy@jesuitnola.org, 483-3872

Spots available: 20

 

Panama Trip

Summary: A group of 20 students and two faculty chaperones will travel to Panama to build a multi-purpose sports court with the residents of Pumona, a small indigenous community in western Panama. The trip is run by Courts for Kids (www.courtsforkids.org). To apply for a spot on the trip, see Mr. Murphy in Room 206 ASAP.

Dates: July 10-19

Cost: $2,050

Contact: Mr. Murphy, murphy@jesuitnola.org, 483-3872

Spots available: 20

Health Care

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Overview: Responsibilities include interacting with patients who may be sick or injured and their families.  Friendliness and compassion are essential. You must work directly with patients or others in need. If you are simply performing clerical tasks, you won’t receive credit for your work.

Children’s Hospital

Summary: Includes visiting and interacting with patients up to 21 years old. Volunteer positions that meet Jesuit’s requirement for patient interaction are extremely limited, so you must begin volunteering before the summer begins (possibly as early as March).

Location: 200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, 70118

Dates: Summer weekdays

Contact: 896-9487

Spots available: 3

 

East Jefferson General Hospital

Summary: Duties would include working in the Geri-Psych ward and Same Day Surgery unit. You must be working in a setting where you have direct contact with people in need. Clerical work will not be counted toward your Jesuit service requirement.

Location: 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006

Dates: Weekdays

Contact: Wendy Ohle, wohle@ejgh.org, 454-5548

Spots available: 3

 

Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans

Summary: Ochsner volunteers perform a variety of patient care and service duties. Junior volunteers work closely with the staff to find a placement that interests them and helps the hospital in a meaningful way. You must confirm with Ochsner that the overwhelming majority of your time will be spent having direct contact with people in need, and not simply performing clerical tasks.

Location: 1514 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, LA 70121

Dates: Weekdays

Contact: Katie Daher, kdaher@ochsner.org, (504) 842-6787

Spots available: 3

 

West Jefferson Medical Center

Summary: Volunteer duties would vary with the needs of each department. You must be placed in a department where patient interaction is allowed.

Location: 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, 70072

Dates: Weekdays

Contact: Volunteer Services, 349-1136

Spots available: 3

Miscellaneous Projects

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Edible Schoolyard

Summary: Edible Schoolyard partners with public schools across New Orleans to improve the long-term well-being of students by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs.

Location: Locations vary

Dates: Summer weekdays

Contact: Marsha Bard, marsha@esynola.org or (504) 884-0219

Spots available: 5

 

Harry Tompson Center for the Homeless

Summary: Provides basic services to homeless men and women. Duties would include helping with lunch, showers, supervising the phone room, distributing clothing vouchers.

Location: 1803 Gravier St., New Orleans, 70112

Dates: Summer weekdays

Contact: Emily Bussen, 273-5547

Spots available: 2

 

Ozanam Inn

Summary: Provides basic services to homeless men and women. Duties would include preparing and cleaning up after meals, as well as sorting clothing and distributing it to homeless clients.

Location: 843 Camp St., New Orleans, 70130

Dates: Summer weekdays

Contact: Shonda Smith, 523-1184

Spots available: 3

 

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Summary: YRNO works to reduce blight within the city and provide homeownership opportunities at a diminished cost. Volunteers will assist with the construction and redevelopment of a home and surrounding property in a recovering New Orleans neighborhood. Construction experience is not required. Volunteers will be involved in painting, sheetrock work, flooring, landscaping, etc.

Location: Various locations within the New Orleans area

Dates: Summer weekdays

Contact: yrno@yrno.com, 264-3344

Spots available: 8

 

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