Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Center for Public Service
Alcee Fortier Hall
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: 504-862-8060
Fax: 504-862-8061


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City of New Orleans

Contact Info


New Orleans City Hall
1300 Perdido Street, Suite 1W09 (First Floor, West Wing, Suite 9)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
United States
Directions To Agency:
Primary Phone: (504) 658-4015

Primary Agency Contact

Name: Joycelyn E. Christopher

Agency Info

Agency type: Governmental
Agency hours:Varies By Department
Beginning date for service:07/12/2007

Agency Details

Agency carries liability insurance.
Agency does not carry worker's compensation insurance.
Agency has a need for additional volunteers.
Agency needs:
Volunteers are needed for short and long-term assignments with most offices, departments, and agencies of the City of New Orleans. Full-time and part-time student internship opportunities are also offered every spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Mission statements

Just like Mardi Gras and jazz music, volunteerism has a rich tradition in the City of New Orleans. The Volunteers in Government of Responsibility (VIGOR) program first began in the 1970s under Mayor Moon Landrieu. A group of community leaders and City employees were among the founding members of VIGOR, and throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, VIGOR was regularly honored and recognized as a successful model of utilizing constituent volunteers in city government. At its peak, over 1,000 volunteers were actively involved in City government. When Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, the necessary reductions in the City workforce included the VIGOR Coordinator. In 2007, however, a partnership with Tulane University’s Center for Public Service, AmeriCorps, and the Mayor’s Office of Public Advocacy was established in order to bring a VIGOR Coordinator back into the fold. Today, VIGOR continues to expand and find new opportunities for constituents to volunteer with City government. Volunteers are currently serving in a number of departments and offices on a regular basis. Volunteers also are asked to step in and help coordinate special events or to aid in the evacuation process in the event of a hurricane.

Division Mission Statements

  • Airport (Louis Armstrong International)
  • American with Disabilities Administration (ADA)
  • Arts Council of New Orleans
  • Audubon Nature Institute
  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Canal Street, Piazza D’Italia & Rivergate Development
  • Capital Projects Administration
  • Chief Administrative Office (CAO)
  • City Attorney’s Office
  • City Park
  • City Planning Commission
  • Department of Homeland Secuirty and Emergency Preparedness
  • Department of Public Works
  • District Attorney's Office
  • French Market Corporation
  • Mayor's Office of Public Advocacy
  • New Orleans City Council
  • New Orleans Recreation Department
  • New Orleans Tax Assessors

Populations Served by Agency

  • All populations

Topics Of Interest for this agency

  • All topics

Public Service Needs

  • Conduct best practices research
  • Write a business/strategic plan
  • Provide case management
  • Maintain communication with agency clients
  • Provide direct service to clients
  • Conduct comparative research
  • Collect data
  • Develop a new database or contribute content to an existing database
  • Conduct engaged research
  • Raise funds
  • Provide administrative assistance
  • Organize an outreach event
  • Distribute outreach material
  • Perform for/ with community residents
  • Develop publicity material
  • Conduct surveys.
  • Develop training material
  • Develop a new website or contribute content to an existing webpage

Services Provided by Agency

  • Advocacy
  • Animal Welfare and Education
  • Business Mentoring
  • Career counseling
  • Case work
  • Citizen Planners; leadership training
  • Clearinghouse
  • Communications
  • Cultural motivation and enrichment
  • Health Access Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • Industry/ Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Instruction
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Neighborhood Association Consultation
  • Public Policy
  • Public Safety Education
  • Social Service support

Public Service Activities

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Center for Public Service, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-8060