2019 Service Project Directory

Posted February 14, 2019 / Last updated February 15, 2019

Print Print Email Email Share Share

Attention Juniors:

  • Once you identify the project that most appeals to you, see Mr. Murphy in Room 225 for instructions on how to apply.
  • Many of these projects will fill up quickly, so don’t procrastinate.

Service Areas

Tutoring and Mentoring

Overview: These projects involve work with low-income children. 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 local children (no tennis experience necessary).
Location: Stern Tennis Center Uptown and Joe Brown Park in New Orleans East
Dates: Weekdays during June and July
Contactoutreach@asandaces.org, (504) 487-1147
Spots available: Four at each location.
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.
Contact: Jennifer Page, 931-3266, jenniferpagenola@gmail.com
Spots available: 10
Discovery Fest Summer Camp
Summary: This camp for low-income kids includes art, music, drama, academic enrichment, athletics, and New Orleans-themed guest speakers and special events.
Location: Uptown
Dates: Weekdays during the summer
Contact: Sean Tate, (504) 615-4971, or sean@discoveryfestnola.com
Spots available: Up to 12
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: 20
Father’s House Kids
Summary: Father’s House Kids provides a range of activities to low-income children at their clubhouse in Mid-City. Activities include, athletics, woodworking, robotics, programming, music, and art.  
Location: 1451 North Dorgenois Street, New Orleans, La.70119
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year; summer camp with dates TBD.
Contact: Steve Goulet, steve10@aol.com, www.fathershousekids.org
Spots available: 8
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 70116
Dates: Session 1: June 17-28; Session 2: July 8-19. To reach 100 hours, students would have to option of working full days for one session, or half days for both sessions. All volunteers must attend an orientation on June 12 and 13.
Contact: Darryl Durham, 947-2121
Spots available: 7 per session
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: 1839 Agriculture St., NOLA 70119                                     
Dates: Weekdays during the summer; after school during the school year.
Contact: Chris Heine, 598-9399, cheine@thegoodshepherdschool.org
Spots available: 10
 

Day Programs for the Disabled

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, tend a community garden, and accompany them to other community activities.  
Location: Metairie, Uptown, Chalmette, Northshore
Dates: Weekdays during the summer
Contact: 504-837-5105
Spots available: 5
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: 5  
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. This project is only 50 hours of work and therefore must be combined with another project.
Location: River Ridge
Dates: July 22-26
Contact: Jamie MacDonald, campdir@sbgno.org, (504) 737-5181
Spots available: 5
Padua Community Homes (Catholic Charities)
Summary: Program for individuals with severe mental and physical disabilities.
Location: Homes in Metairie, Slidell, Gretna, Harvey, and Belle Chasse.
Dates: Weekdays during the summer
Contact:  Shannon Murphy, 310-6962
Spots available: 4
Camp Rainbow (Jefferson Parish Recreation Department)
Summary: Day camp at JPRD East Bank main offices for developmentally disabled youth.
Location: 6921 Saints Drive, Metairie, 70003
Dates: Students would pick one session. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
Session One: June 3-28 (weekdays)
Session Two: July 8-26 (weekdays)
Contact: Leslie Dunn, 736-6999
Spots available: 5 per session
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. Pam Strohmeyer, 524-7285
Spots available: 10
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: Taylor Wall, tcg10737@yahoo.com or Robby Fritscher, (985) 705-5597, RFritscher@myfrancos.com
Spots available: 3 per location
 

Overnight Camps for the Disabled

Overview:  These one-week camps are geared towards 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 towards 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 13-19 or Adult Session, July 21-26
Contact: Terri Daniels, troyd@megagate.com  
Spots available: Four per session.
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: May 26-31
Contact: Kacie Hobson, (318) 329-8405, kacie@medcamps.org  
Spots available: 5
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 20-27. Mandatory training in New Orleans on date TBD.
Contact: Cathy Allain, 347-2267, campchallengemail@gmail.com
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 7-12
Contact: Kacie Hobson, (318) 329-8405, kacie@medcamps.org  
Spots available: 5
Camp Champ
Summary: Camp Champ serves children ages 11-16 with cognitive disabilities. Volunteers will accompany campers for all activities and help campers with daily life skills.
Location: Outside Monroe, in Choudrant, LA.
Dates: June 16-21
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 their assigned camper 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 20-22. Then you work one of four sessions. 
Session One: campers ages 5-9; June 24-29
Session Two: campers ages 22-50; July 1-6
Session Three: campers ages 10-14; July 8-13
Session Four: campers ages 15-21; July 15-20
Contact: Matrisza Alvarez, (251) 479-4900, malvarez@ucpmobile.org
Spots available: 7 per session
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 2-7
Contact: Kacie Hobson, (318) 329-8405, kacie@medcamps.org  
Spots available: 5
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 21-26
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 25-June 1. Mandatory training held in New Orleans on date TBD.
Contact: Cathy Allain, 347-2267, campchallengemail@gmail.com
Spots available: 3
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 25-May 31
Contact: Lauren Davis, 914-6157
Spots available: 24

Assisting the Homeless

Overview: These projects put students in touch with the neediest members of our local community. These projects provide tremendously educational and rewarding experiences.

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: 4
Grace at the Greenlight
Summary: Serves breakfast to the homeless every morning at the Living Witness Church (1528 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113). Duties would include preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals.
Location: 1528 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
Dates: Daily
Contact: Sarah Parks, 202-1979
Spots available: 4 
 

Home Construction

Overview: These projects involve manual labor to reduce blight and provide affordable home ownership in New Orleans. No construction experience is necessary, but students should be prepared to perform physically demanding labor.

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: 5
 

Care for the Elderly

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.

Alpha House
Location: 20127 Highway 36, Covington, LA 70434
Contact: (985) 892-7074 or Shannon Murphy at (504) 310-6962
Lakeside Hospice (Metairie)
Summary: Students would visit a variety of assisted living centers or visit patients in their homes to read, share meals, converse, etc.
Location: 5105 W. Napoleon Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Contact: Cristie Rudiger, (504) 456-6011
Spots: 4
Brookdale Assisted Living
Location: 1600 Joe Yenni Blvd., Kenner, LA 70065
Contact: Regan Fink, (504) 939-3503
Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare
Location: 5600 General DeGaulle, New Orleans, LA  70131
Contact: Angela Paz, 394-5991
Carrington Place
Location: 5301 Tullis Drive, NOLA 70131
Contact: (504) 394-5807 
Riverbend Nursing & Rehab Center
Location: 13735 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Contact: Evelyn Crochet, 656-0068
Chateau Living Center
Location: 716 Village Rd., Kenner, LA 70065
Contact: Shonka Champagne, 464-0604
St. Joseph Hospice
Location: 824 Elmwood Park Blvd. #155, Harahan, 70123
Contact: 734-0140
Colonial Oaks Nursing Home
Location: 4312 Ithaca St., Metairie, LA 70006
Contact: Myra Dunn, 887-6414
St. Luke’s Living Center
Location: 4201 Woodland Dr., NOLA 70131   
Contact: 378-5050 
Concerned Care Home Health and Hospice
Location: Programs offered in Covington and Metairie
Contact: Beth Bahle, (985) 892-3522
St. Margaret’s at Mercy
Location: 3525 Bienville St., NOLA 70119
Contact: Tammy Switzer, 279-6414, TSwitzer@stmargaretsno.org 
Greenbrier Community Care Center
Location: 505 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458
Contact: (985) 643-6900 
Sunrise Assisted Living
Location: 3732 W. Esplanade Ave, Metairie, LA 70002
Contact: (504) 889-9777
The Greenwalt Center
Location: 1926 18th St., Kenner, LA 70062
Contact: 461-5889 or Shannon Murphy at (504) 310-6962
Vista Shores Assisted Living
Location: 5958 St. Bernard Ave., NOLA 70122
Contact: 288-3737 
Heritage Manor of Mandeville
Location: 1820 W Causeway Approach, Mandeville, LA 70448
Contact: (985) 626-4798 
Wynhoven Healthcare Center
Location: 1050 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, 70072
Contact: 347-0777

Health Care

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 can be limited.
Location: 200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans, 70118
Dates: Summer weekdays
Contact: 896-9487
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: 5
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
West Jefferson Medical Center
Summary: Volunteer duties would vary with the needs of each department. You must confirm with West Jeff that the overwhelming majority of your time will be spent having direct contact with people in need, and not simply performing clerical tasks.
Location: 1101 Medical Center Blvd., Marrero, 70072  
Dates: Weekdays
Contact: Volunteer Services, 349-1136
Spots available: 3

Service Trips Abroad

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. 

Colombia Trip
Summary: A group of 20 students and two faculty chaperones will travel to Colombia to build a multi-purpose sports court in a rural community. The trip is run by Courts for Kids (www.courtsforkids.org). To apply for a spot on the trip, see Mr. Murphy in Room 225 ASAP.
Dates: June 2-11
Cost: $2,150
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 in a rural community. The trip is run by Courts for Kids (www.courtsforkids.org). To apply for a spot on the trip, see Mr. Murphy in Room 225 ASAP.
Dates: July 7-17
Cost: $2,150
Contact: Mr. Murphy, murphy@jesuitnola.org, 483-3872
Spots available: 20