How You Can Help in Your Community: Ways to Volunteer in Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans | Inspired by Louisiana

A new feature from Louisiana Inspired highlights volunteer opportunities in South Louisiana. If your organization has specific volunteer opportunities, please email us at lainspired@theadvocate.com with details of the volunteer opportunity, organization, and contact/registration information volunteers would need.

Acadian: Earthshare Gardens has been growing vegetables and giving back to the community since 2005. The non-profit organization donates high-quality, chemical-free, naturally grown foods to those in need. They also provide garden space, which includes soil, water, tools and equipment, to emerging entrepreneurs to grow for the market. Volunteers drive organizational success and extend community impact.

Red Stick: Source of Life Hospice is on a care mission. It was formed to provide a safe space to receive comfort and peace as they make their transition from life to death. The team provides care to people at home, in residences for the elderly, nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Volunteers can help in three ways: patient and family support, bereavement service or special service.

New Orleans: lowernine.org is dedicated to the long-term recovery of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2005 levee failures. Volunteers help rebuild flood-damaged homes from scratch and provide work such as carpentry, plumbing, painting and landscaping. To date, the organization has rebuilt 90 houses in the area.

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