The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Camp Hope strives to empower volunteers to make a meaningful impact in the Greater New Orleans area and in their own lives.
Camp Hope has everything that a volunteer needs and more. We have been serving the Greater New Orleans Area since Hurricane Katrina, and have made many connections with local governments, non-profits, and most importantly, people in those years. We can connect you with service opportunities that will really help these wonderful people, help you manage those projects, and give you a place to eat, sleep, meet, shower, and play for however long you want to serve.
Camp hope was completely flooded when Katrina hit. They reopened so that volunteer groups could have a place to say while they so graciously volunteer their time to help rebuild the New Orleans area. I worked for 5 days with St. Bernard Project rebuilding homes and i stayed at camp hope for 7 nights. It's no 5 star hotel but we helped in the kitchen, with chores, played ping pong and pool and its a great place full of ever more amazing people. If you're going to humble yourself and volunteer your time this is the perfect place to stay. My college group and I had absolutely 0 problems in our week long stay. I cant wait to go back!!! Don't forget, If you go with a group or even just by yourself, make sure to buy and paint/ decorate your very own ceiling tile! ;)
I have stayed with Camp Hope multiple times during mission trips to NOLA. They are wonderful. I have had teams as small as 8 people to as many as 24 people, and their service never varies. Everyone is taken care of in an environment that feels safe and secure.
We have been coming down to New Orleans to volunteer since 2007. We stayed at Camp Hope while volunteering with the St. Bernard Project. It was definitely a convenient place to stay because provided meals for you and it was not far from our project sites. The price is reasonable per person. As long as your group isn't afraid of doing some chores during your stay, I would recommend it as a great place to stay.
We have been in NOLA for the past three years volunteering for Habitat and have stayed at Camp Hope for two of those three years. It's a great place to stay - the accommodations are spacious with lots of common space for our group to meet at the end of the day. The food is good and the staff is very gracious. We plan to be back next year!