Volunteer Group Organizer's Page

You put a lot of work into making sure your group has a trip that is meaningful, engaging, fun, and safe. We're here to make that easier, that's why we've put this page together just for you. Below you will find information on what to expect, what it costs, and what that includes. Keep scrolling and you'll find answers to frequently asked questions, a more detailed look at what we provide, plus, as an added bonus, we've compiled a list of links and resources to help you round out your plan. Our volunteer manager is very dedicated, experienced, and can be a great guide if you've never done this before, so don't hesitate to drop her a line at volunteer@unitedsaints.org.

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Services, prices, and availability

We are staffed by volunteers, so our services are subject to seasonable availability. Please contact our volunteer manager for details at (504)233-8883 or volunteer@unitedsaints.org.

Peak season: January 1 - April 30 Housing available seven days a week. Meals and service projects Monday-Friday only. Meals may be limited to breakfast and lunch for groups of less than 12. Work only option available select weeks only. Summer & fall: May 1 - December 31 Housing available seven days a week. Meals and service projects Monday-Friday; Saturday-Sunday by special arrangement. Meals usually limited to breakfast and lunch for groups of less than 20. Work only option usually available Monday-Saturday.
Standard Housing, meals, and daily service projects. $45 per person per night Standard Housing, meals, and daily service projects $45 per person per night
Work Only or Day of Service Have your own arrangements for housing and meals, just need work to do. May not be available all weeks during this season. $25 per person per day Work Only or Day of Service Have your own arrangements for housing and meals, just need work to do. $25 per person per day
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Things to know Transportation For insurance reasons (it costs too much) visiting groups must make their own transportation arrangements, both to our location and to and from work sites. We've included some links at the bottom of this page to help you with that. Meeting space (indoor & outdoor) We close the church at 6:00 PM. For groups that like to get together after that, we have an enclosed outdoor meeting space that is private and secure. Use of the Violet Jackson room for indoor meetings after 6:00 can be arranged in advance provided it does not interfere with church activities. Ask our volunteer manager for details. Payment details We ask for a 25% deposit within 15 days of receipt of invoice to guarantee your reservation. This is particularly important if you are coming between January and May when our housing fills up months in advance. We ask for final payment at least 30 days prior to arrival. There's a link to a sample invoice with our fine print at the bottom of this page. Church service We are fortunate to make our home at First Street Peck Wesley United Methodist Church, a city landmark that dates to 1894. Church services are held every Sunday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. The streetcar We are located 3 blocks from the Uptown streetcar line (NORTA route 12), providing easy access to downtown, the French Quarter, the Garden District, Audubon Park, and many other city landmarks. A link to the full public transit map is below. Things to do, things to see, places to eat, etc. Well, it is New Orleans, so there's no shortage of those things even if you're on a budget. There are some links at the bottom of the page, including Jen's List of 50 free things to do and her customized guidebook. Carnival Time Mardi Gras 2019 is Tuesday, March 5th. This can be a very exciting time to be here. We are 3 blocks from the main Uptown parade route and 2 blocks from where Krewe of Zulu marches through Central City. Be advised, however, that this does disrupt our daily operations (you have to see it to believe it). There are no service projects on Fat Tuesday or Ash Wednesday. There's a link to the full Carnival schedule at the bottom.
Service projects Daily schedule 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Eat breakfast & pack lunch 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Project briefing and team assignments. *On Monday there is an additional 45 minutes for orientation, safety training, and group photos. 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Load tools and head to site. 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch on site. 3:00 PM Site cleanup and return 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Dinnertime 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM Evening KP Summer schedule Mid June - mid September Due to extreme heat and afternoon thunderstorms, everything is one hour earlier except dinner, which is at 4:00 PM
Service is the heart of what we do. Service to disadvantaged home owners, service to distressed neighborhoods, and service to our partner organizations throughout the city. We keep a lot of projects going at once and in a given week you may expect to be asked to help us with two or more. Home owner projects range from house painting and beautification to light construction such as siding repair, roofing repair, and interior reconstruction and refinishing. Neighborhood projects address neighborhood-wide challenges. This may include building or maintaining community gardens, or large-scale blight abatement, litter control, and radical landscaping for problem properties. We reclaim neglected infrastructure such as vanished sidewalks or clogged storm drains. This is also where are art department really shines. Partner projects are our opportunity to give your group a broader range of experience beyond our niche. Most groups spend at least one day helping one of our partners. They may participate in animal rescue, food and clothing distribution for the needy, or recycle Mardi Gras beads to support the city's mentally disabled citizens. Our list of partners is constantly expanding.

For a closer look at our projects, click here. Also, check out our Facebook page, it's updated regularly.

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Meals

Please see the "Services" section above for important notes on meal availability and feel to contact our volunteer manager at volunteer@unitedsaints.org. for details.

Breakfast: Your basic "continental" breakfast. Includes things like bagels, cereal, fruit, coffee, and juice. May vary depending on market availability. Lunch: The "volunteer special" sack lunch. Do-it-yourself sandwiches: meats, cheese, PB&J, chips, fruit, etc. Dinner: Another one of our best features. "Pops," our legendary cook, serves up a combination of New Orleans traditions and familiar favorites Special diets: We offer vegetarian options with meals. Vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and other special dietary needs may need to supplement the meals we provide. Contact our volunteer manager to see what arrangements can be made.
Links, resources, and extras
New Orleans information United Saints information

NewOrleansOnine.com - possibly the best overall guide to the city for maps, events, etc.

WWOZ Radio New Orleans Takin' it to the streets - section usually knows where there's a second line before anyone else.

MardiGrasNewOrleans - for all things Mardi Gras including the all-important parade schedule and route maps.

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority system map - streetcars, buses, even the Algiers and Gretna ferry schedules.

Several rental car companies have locations at Louis Armstrong Airport including Alamo, Enterprise, and National, but more come and go.

United Saints Recovery Project

2309 Dryades Street

New Orleans, LA

70113

(504)233-8883

volunteer@unitedsaints.org

www.unitedsaints.org

United Saints Recovery Project is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity

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