Project Summary

Project Category: Building/Construction

Number of Participants: Groups of 10 to 300 people

Duration of Project: Duration is program specific

Cost: Upon Request

Indoor/Outdoor: Both

Service Opportunities: We run a diverse range of projects throughout Southern Louisiana, from wetlands restoration involving bottomland hardwood tree and marsh grass plantings to the installation of rainwater catchment systems for residential use to the rehab of architecturally significant houses throughout New Orleans and new energy efficient home construction. We educate local school children about culturally significant local food options and environmental science through our Garden of Eatin' and Meg Perry Healthy Soil projects. We continue to support free legal services for local residents.

Location: 1800 Deslonde Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70117 MAP LINK

Project Contact:
Thom Pepper
P: 504.442.2314


Common Ground Relief believes in learning service not Service Learning. We want our volunteers to learn about the issues and people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Our programs are structured to help the volunteer increase their ability to effect change in the future while providing solidarity and support for our coastal communities. We hope that volunteers gain experience, perspective and skills while they are with us.

Impact: Through Common Ground Relief, we have provided a vehicle for over 47,000 people of all ages and backgrounds to volunteer in the recovery of the area. We have gutted over 3,000 homes, provided for the basic needs of thousands of New Orleans residents and founded a, now independent, health clinic and women’s shelter. We meet the residents who need help in rebuilding their flood damaged homes and offer assistance for new construction in New Orleans at our Anita Roddick Advocacy Center.

Project Availability:

Volunteer Responsibilities: We are primarily involved in coastal restoration efforts from Monday through Friday. This entails work at our nursery, tree potting and planting, propagation. Many of our plantings involve being out in the water. We provide canoes and power boats to move plant material and volunteers.

Attire: Volunteers should expect to get muddy. Long pants (no blue jeans) are required for planting. We provide rubber boots but bring a pair of water shoes with you if you can. Dress is layers no matter what the weather and hats are always a good idea. No flip flops ever!

F&B Provided for Volunteers: Yes

Option to Move Project to a Different Location: No

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