The Insider: Make your spring break count

March 5, 2012 5:43 AM


Since 2007, the Tulane Center for Public Service has partnered volunteers with local organizations through its HelpNOLA program. In today’s Insider, Theodore Nathan, senior program coordinator of campus and community partnerships, explains how the program works and how you can get involved.


Insider: What is HelpNOLA?

Theodore: HelpNOLA works with other universities, Tulane staff, alumni and their families, to find them volunteer placements. We also help with finding transportation and housing, as well as connecting them to Tulane professors, staff and students.

Insider: How many placements has the program made?

Theodore: We’ve placed more than 130 volunteer groups with about 100 local organizations.

Insider: Are volunteers only placed during spring break?

Theodore: No. In fact, we’ve already had groups from Canada and Austria earlier this year, and there are at least seven more groups arriving this month.

Insider: What will volunteers be working on this year?

Theodore: We’ve had groups working with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans in Mid-City, a food bank in New Orleans East, with local public schools doing beautification work and at local women’s shelters.

Insider: How can potential volunteers get involved?

Theodore: HelpNOLA is a great program for groups that are unfamiliar with New Orleans, but would like to volunteer. Anyone interested can visit the website or email me directly.

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