Common Ground Relief Building In The 9th Ward New Orleans


Common Ground Relief is run by a staff of long-term volunteer coordinators, based in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Each coordinator focuses on a specific project area and facilitates the work of the thousands of short-term volunteers from all walks of life who have come to work with us since 2005.

We are looking for skilled individuals, both short and long term, to come and volunteer with us in the Lower 9th Ward. We are particularly looking for those with expertise in one of our project areas. If you have experience in construction, dry wall hanging, carpentry, painting, roofing, plumbing, electric work, legal aid, environmental science, media/PR, computer technology, education or any other field that you think may be helpful to our work, please let us know!

Volunteers must be willing to multi-task.

Volunteer Resources

If you're interested in volunteering with us, take a look at some of the resources on this page. Our "What to Expect" and "Volunteer Handbook" documents will answer many of the questions you'll have about volunteering. Meanwhile the resources at the "Katrina Reader" and in the article "Where Oysters grew on Trees" provide some context and insight into social and environmental issues in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.

If you still have questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator!

And when you're ready, fill out an application form (the links are on the right).

Alongside individual volunteers we also host groups of volunteers, largely from Colleges and Universities - if you'd like to bring a group of volunteers down, fill out a group application form (links are on the right too).