Common Ground Relief Building In The 9th Ward New Orleans



Common Ground Relief is run by staff based in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

We are looking for skilled individuals, both short and long term, to come and volunteer with us. If you have a background in environmental science or horticulture, finish carpentry, painting, media/PR or education please let us know. Volunteers must be willing to multi-task. A knowledge of boating and canoeing is helpful. People skills are important as we interact daily with residents.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, take a look at some of the resources on this page. Our "What to Expect" will answer many of the questions you'll have about volunteering. Meanwhile the resources at the "Katrina Reader" and in the articles "Where Oysters Grew on Trees" and "Louisiana's Moonshot" provide some context and insight into social and environmental issues in New Orleans and surrounding communities.

If you still have questions email us at

And when you're ready — fill out the "Individual" application form.

Common Ground Relief also hosts groups of volunteers from colleges and universities across the country. If you would like to bring a group of volunteers to New Orleans to work, fill out either the "On-Site or Off-Site Group" application form.