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Veterans Day of Service

We will be partnering with Guerrilla Garden for Veterans Day Weekend!! We will be doing some light construction and rehabilitation at Guerrilla Garden in the Lower 9th Ward. Guerrilla Garden is a project of The Backyard Gardeners Network: http://backyardgardenersnetwork.org/ We will be building, painting, weeding and other light tasks. A little about Guerrilla Garden: VISION – A vibrant greenspace in place of blighted land where families can congregate and socialize, grow vegetables and pick from fruit trees. The Guerrilla Garden is a project conceived, developed and implemented by Lower Ninth Ward residents committed to community revitalization. Beginning in April 2009, residents and waves of volunteers from around the country have worked together clearing this lot, planning the space, securing resources. Once an overgrown dumping ground, this space is now a beautiful community green space, featuring a small fruit tree grove, a shade structure, raised garden beds, and an outdoor kitchen space. The Guerrilla Garden is about community building and community ownership, eliminating blight and improving food access. It is meant to be a place for folks of all ages to get together and learn from each other. Food and drinks will be provided. No experience is necessary. Children are welcome to attend.

New Orleans, LA

11/10/18 9:00 AM

Vermilionville Boo Bayou Fall Festival

Event: Vermilionville’s Boo Bayou Fall Festival More About the Event: A fall festival where anyone can enjoy trick-or-treating in the secure environment of Vermilionville's historic village. The festival will include games, a picture station, face painting, trick-or-treating through the historic village, food, and live entertainment. Event Time: 10AM-3PM When: Saturday, October 20th, 2018 Where: Vermilionville Museum 300 Fisher RD, Lafayette LA 70508 Admission: $5 per person, children 2 and under get in free ($1 discount for members) Volunteer Opportunity: Vermilionville needs help with the children’s games in the courtyard area and the trick or treating stations in the historic village. At the game stations volunteers will assist children in fun and free activities. At the trick or treat stations in the village volunteers will handout trinkets to children. Volunteer Shift Times: 9:30AM to 2:30PM. Complimentary lunch provided to those who volunteer for the full shift. What to Wear: Halloween costumes encouraged, but please get your costume approved by the Director of Community Outreach -- contact information listed below. Please dress in comfortable, weather appropriate attire. Please do not wear revealing clothing, clothing that displays any drug or drug paraphernalia references, or any obscene words or images. Volunteers who do not adhere to these guidelines will be sent home. Quick Tips: To be conmfortable during your shift feel free to bring water in a closed container, snacks, and mosquito repellent. RSVP: Please contact the Director of Community Outreach to confirm your time and activity: 337-233-4077, ext. 207 or Outreach@BayouVermilionDistrict.org.

Lafayette, LA

10/20/18 9:30 AM

Boo at the Zoo

Would you like to help out with the Zoo's annual merry-not-scary trick-or-treating extravaganza?! Then come volunteer at Boo at the Zoo on October 20, 21, 27, 28! We are looking for group volunteers to help with handing out candy, the hay maze, and more! If you would like to be a part of the action please respond here or email DTatsch@brzoo.org to receive more information! All volunteers MUST be at least 15 years of age

Zachary, LA

10/28/18 3:00 PM +more

Sort and Repack

Volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations accordingly.

Baton Rouge, LA

11/28/18 1:00 PM +more

Sort and Repack Weekend

Volunteers will be sorting and packing food donations accordingly.

Baton Rouge, LA

12/29/18 8:00 AM +more

Christmas Phone Calls

Every year, over 400 families are served for Christmas at Catholic Charities. Each family has to do an application in order to receive gifts. We are looking for volunteers to help families with filling out the application. If you are interested, please let us know!

Baton Rouge, LA

9/24/18 7:00 AM +more

Family Night

This is a great project for families to come and serve the community together. We ask all volunteers be over 7 years old.

Baton Rouge, LA

12/11/18 6:00 PM +more

Furniture Delivery

Catholic Charities is looking for individuals to assist staff with furniture pickup and delivery. All year round Catholic Charities provides furniture to families in need. Volunteers should be available at some point during the weekday. If you are interested in this opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Baton Rouge, LA

Through 1/14/19

Brew at the Zoo

Do you want to help out with the Zoo's annual fundraising event? Then come volunteer at Brew at the Zoo on Friday, October 5th from 5:15 pm-10 pm! We are looking for volunteers to help with event check-in, crowd control, t-shirts, and more! If your organization would like to be a part of the action please respond here or email DTatsch@brzoo.org to receive more information and a sign-up sheet! All volunteers MUST be at least 21 years of age. Hope to see you soon!

Baton Rouge, LA

10/5/18 4:30 PM

Work with Search and Rescue Dogs

Have you ever wanted to work with search and Rescue Dogs? Now is your opportunity. Come train with us every other Sunday and earn your community service hours. You will learn about search and rescue and will help train the dogs.

Slidell, LA

Through 5/24/19

Pet Food Drive

We are looking fpr volunteers to organize and collect food for a Pet Food Drive to suport our community pet food pantry.

Slidell, LA

Through 5/24/19

Go Red for Women On Line Requests Project

We are currently seeking a few individuals that can do internet research for companies that have online donation requests, and subsequently submitting a request for items to fulfill our 2019 Go Red for Women Luncheon auctions. Three (3) people would be ideal. Volunteers do not need to report to an office daily. One time face to face meeting to be sure they have a complete understanding and materials for what we are seeking.

Baton Rouge, LA

Through 10/1/18

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