2020 Service Directory

Posted February 7, 2020 / Last updated February 7, 2020

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Tutoring and Mentoring
Day Programs for the Disabled
Overnight Camps for the Disabled
Assisting the Homeless
Care for the Elderly
Service Trips

Attention Juniors: Once you identify the project that most appeals to you, see Mr. Murphy in Room 225 for instructions on how to apply.


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
Contact: outreach@asandaces.org, (504) 487-1147
Spots available: Four at each location.
Israelite Baptist Church
Summary: This program 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
Catholic Charities Family Literacy Center
Summary: The Family Literacy Center works with immigrant and refugee families new to the New Orleans community. In the summer, volunteers assist with children’s programming. This would be an excellent service project for students interested in practicing their Spanish.   
Location: 2505 Maine Avenue, Kenner
Dates: Weekdays
Contact: Emily Stieber, (504) 310-6960 or estieber@ccano.org
Spots available: 5
Operation Upgrade
Summary: Program serves primarily inner-city, economically disadvantaged youth. Volunteers teach math, reading, English, and problem-solving to 6th-8th graders. The 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, NOLA 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 One: June 15-26 or
Session Two: July 6-17
Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Contact: (504) 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
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
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
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: Late July. Specific dates TBA.
Contact: Jamie MacDonald, campdir@sbgno.org, (504) 737-5181
Spots available: 10
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 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. Mandatory training on May 28.
Session One: June 1-26 (weekdays)
Session Two: July 6-24 (weekdays)
Contact: Leslie Dunn, 736-6999 or LDunn@jeffparish.net
Spots available: 5 per session
St. Michael Special School
Summary: Summer camp for students with developmental disabilities.
Location: 1522 Chippewa St., NOLA 70130
Dates: Weekdays during the summer
Contact: See Mr. Murphy in Room 225 to sign up.
Spots available: 10

Overnight Camps for the Disabled

Overview:  These one-week camps serve 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. Overnight camps can be intense and exhausting, but they are extremely rewarding. For all of these camps, you should see Mr. Murphy to apply. Do not contact the camp directly.   

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.). For more info, see www.abbierogerscivitancamp.org/.
Location: Lumberton, Mississippi, about 1½ hours from New Orleans.
Dates: Youth Session, July 11-17 or Adult Session, July 19-24
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
Spots available: Four per session.
Camp Rolling Thunder
Summary: Camp Rolling Thunders serves children with spina bifida and orthopedic conditions. Volunteers will assist campers with all activities and daily living needs. The camp is run by MedCamps of Louisiana (www.medcamps.org).
Location: Choudrant, LA
Dates: May 31-June 5
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
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. For more info, see www.campchallenge.org.
Location: Lions Camp near Leesville, LA.
Dates: July 25- August 1. Mandatory training in New Orleans on July 11.
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
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 assist campers with all activities and daily living needs. The camp is run by MedCamps of Louisiana (www.medcamps.org).
Location: Choudrant, LA
Dates: July 5-10
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
Spots available: 5
Camp Champ
Summary: Camp Champ serves children ages 11-16 with cognitive disabilities. Volunteers will assist campers with all activities and daily living needs. The camp is run by MedCamps of Louisiana (www.medcamps.org).
Location: Choudrant, LA
Dates: June 14-19
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
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 assist campers with all activities and daily living needs.
Location: Mobile, AL.
Dates: There is a mandatory counselor training June 18-20. Then you work one of four sessions. 
Session One: campers ages 5-10; June 22-27
Session Two: campers ages 22-50; June 29-July 4
Session Three: campers ages 11-15; July 6-11
Session Four: campers ages 16-21; July 13-18
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
Spots available: 7 per session
Camp Kandoo
Summary: Camp Kandoo serves children ages 6-12 with Down’s Syndrome. Volunteers will assist campers with all activities and daily living needs. The camp is run by MedCamps of Louisiana (www.medcamps.org).
Location: Choudrant, LA
Dates: May 24-29
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
Spots available: 5
Camp Smiling Suns
Summary: Camp Smiling Suns serves children ages 13-16 with Down’s Syndrome. Volunteers will assist campers with all activities and daily living needs. The camp is run by MedCamps of Louisiana (www.medcamps.org).
Location: Choudrant, LA
Dates: July 19-24
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
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. For more info, go to www.camppelican.org.
Location: Lions Camp near Leesville, LA.
Dates: May 30-June 6. Mandatory training in New Orlean on May 9.  
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
Spots available: 3
Krewe de Camp
Summary: Camp serves children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Students are responsible for all facets of caring for campers, including feeding, bathing, clothing, assisting in daily activities, and providing companionship for the week of camp.
Location: Camp Abbey in Covington.
Dates: May 23-29
Contact: Mr. Murphy, Room 225
Spots available: Approximately 20
Note: There will be a mandatory informational meeting on Wednesday, February 12 for any students interested in applying to Krewe de Camp. The meeting will be at Jesuit at the start of lunch in Room 212.

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.

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 or sarah@graceatthegreenlight.org
Spots available: 4
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: 6
Harry Tompson Rebuild 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

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: Emily Stieber, (504) 310-6960 or estieber@ccano.org
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: 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: Emily Stieber, (504) 310-6960 or estieber@ccano.org
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
Laketown Village
Location: 1600 Joe Yenni Blvd., Kenner, LA 70065
Contact: (504) 939-3503

Service Trips

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. In addition, Mr. Prados offers a trip to Fries, Virginia, where students perform manual labor and interact with members of the community.

Appalachia Trip
Summary: Students perform manual labor in Fries, Virginia, a former mill town in the Appalachian Mountains.
Dates: July 4-17
Cost: See Mr. Prados
Contact: Mr. Prados, prados@jesuitnola.org
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 2-11
Cost: $2,150
Contact: Mr. Murphy, murphy@jesuitnola.org, 483-3872
Spots available: 20
 
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: May 31-June 9
Cost: $2,150
Contact: Mr. Murphy, murphy@jesuitnola.org, 483-3872
Spots available: 20