Since our inception, over 65,000 volunteers have helped Common Ground Relief realize our mission by contributing to the tangible rebuilding and restoration of homes, communities, and surrounding wetlands. Our volunteers range from visiting high school students from Maryland, to a corporate service group from California, to an individual from France who has a specific interest in coastal engineering. Each volunteer and volunteer group receives proper training in the specific project, is provided the necessary tools, support and guidance, and is immersed in a tactical, task-specific project.

Volunteer Wetlands Restoration Plantings

Visiting high school and college/university students, Individuals

Students, in high school grades 9 – 12, college/university level students and individuals participate in an immersive wetlands experience that includes informal learning sessions, presentations, plant propagation and care at the Common Ground Relief Native Plant Nursery, and site-based wetlands plantings in the Greater New Orleans area.  We encourage high school, college students and others from around the country who have an interest in coastal restoration, coastal engineering, urban reforestation, water shed creation, storm water management, cultural anthropology or those who just want to get out on the water in canoes and airboats to join us.

On-Site Groups

Groups that plan to stay in Common Ground Relief housing, will have one or more days of planting trees and/or marsh grasses, work in our nursery, invasive species removal and work within the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood.

Off-Site Groups

Off-Site Groups can arrange for either a day(s) of tree/marsh grass planting or work in our nursery. Activities can involve being out in the water. We provide all the necessary equipment including canoes and a motor boat. We are flexible in our scheduling during the week in the event of a day of inclement weather.

Other Volunteer Needs

If you have a specific skill set that you would like to put to use, such as finish carpentry, legal, marketing, or fundraising, please contact us at volunteer@commongroundrelief.org.  We can find a special project for you given enough prior notice. Accomplished cooks are always welcome.

For More Information:

What to Expect” provides a detailed overview of the process.

Katrina Reader” and in the articles “Where Oysters Grew on Trees” and “Louisiana’s Moonshot” provide context and insight into social and environmental issues in New Orleans and surrounding communities.

If you are interested in volunteering with Common Ground Relief, please fill out the applicable “Group” or “Individual” application online or email it to us at volunteer@commongroundrelief.org.

Volunteers will be required to sign our Wetlands Volunteer Waiver.