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 a local high school student, to a corporate service group from California, to a Lower Ninth Ward neighbor, 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.
We strongly encourage individuals to contribute to Common Ground Relief’s efforts. Individuals may join us for an ongoing schedule, or on individual dates when wetlands planting projects, nursery care, and food pantry hours are scheduled. For weekly updates about individual volunteer opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We also post recurring volunteer opportunities on HandsOn.
Individuals who volunteer with Common Ground Relief may be eligible to stay in volunteer housing.
Groups of kids, teens, and adults are welcome to volunteer with Common Ground Relief. We frequently work with students in high school grades 9 – 12 and at the college/university level. Groups can participate in an immersive wetlands experience that may include 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.
Groups that plan to stay in Common Ground Relief housing will be scheduled for volunteer projects on weekdays during their stay. Projects may include planting trees and/or marsh grasses, work in our nursery, invasive species removal and work within the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood. “What to Expect” provides a detailed overview of the process for groups staying on site.
Off-Site Groups can arrange for either a day(s) of tree/marsh grass planting, work in our nursery, invasive species removal, hurricane relief, and/or community trash pickup. 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, cooking, administrative, legal, marketing, or fundraising, please contact us at email@example.com. We can find a special project for you given enough prior notice.
Volunteers will be required to sign our Wetlands Volunteer Waiver.