Why We Build
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Ways to Get Involved
Construction volunteers are the foundation of the NOAHH homeownership program, often working alongside NOAHH partner families. They build the homes from the ground up, and their work day will vary depending on the current needs of the affiliate. Tasks range from foundation work to building walls to painting to flooring. You could be building a new home or building a wheelchair ramp for a housebound, elderly homeowner. Almost every part of our home construction and repair process is done by volunteers, making the no-interest mortgage possible for our partner families! A full build day is from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For groups traveling from outside Louisiana, there will be a small volunteer fee.
The NOAHH ReStore is a retail outlet that sells donated goods in order to raise funds for NOAHH’s programs and to provide affordable home repair goods and furniture to the local community. Volunteers in the ReStore help the staff organize, clean, pickup deliveries, and serve customers. All partner families serve 100 hours of sweat equity in the ReStore, so volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside them! If you have a flair for display design, interacting with the public, or just have a DIY spirit, we’d love to have you! A full volunteer day at the ReStore is from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. For groups traveling from outside Louisiana, there will be a small volunteer fee.
The NOAHH ReStore sells donated goods in order to raise funds for NOAHH’s programs and to provide affordable home repair goods and furniture to the local community. So if you have a flair for display design, interacting with the public, or just have a DIY spirit, we’d love to have you!
Attack the Block
Attack the Block volunteers engage in neighborhood revitalization and blight reduction through cleanup activities around communities where NOAHH builds. These special events are held throughout the year, and times and tasks may vary according to an area’s needs. There might be a small volunteer fee.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and Alternative Winter Break (AWB) are programs coordinated through colleges, universities, and high schools that bring thousands of volunteers to New Orleans every year. ASB and AWB volunteers can build on site as Construction volunteers, work ABWK or Attack the Block events, or serve in the ReStore. For groups traveling from outside Louisiana, there will be a small volunteer fee.
Core volunteers are local supporters who join NOAHH on site or in the ReStore at least twice a month. No experience is necessary. Core volunteers often grow into leadership positions among our volunteers and build strong bonds with partner families, staff, and local communities.