While planning my trip to New Orleans last month, I knew that I wanted to spend some time volunteering and giving back. In my post on voluntourism, I talk about how you can Vacation With Purpose and help out the communities you visit. I believe in the cycle of goodness and the law of giving; I know that in order to receive, I must be willing to give. If you give of yourself, whether it’s money, time, or just a simple prayer, you set yourself up to receive explosive blessings in your life.
In New Orleans, there are many communities that still have not recovered form the devastation of Katrina so many years ago. I witnessed a great deal of poverty and homelessness while I was there and it truly broke my heart. I wish I could have done more than I was able to do.
I had the opportunity to volunteer with an organization called Fresh Food Factor (FFF). I started my search for a volunteer organization that serves the Greater New Orleans area on the Volunteers of America website. They signed me up to volunteer with FFF who partners with various schools in the surrounding areas by providing healthy food options for the students there. So, instead of processed, hard to identify food, those students receive natural, fresh meals on a daily basis. Their mission at FFF is to make healthy food accessible to all and they are slowly, but surely reaching that goal. Visit their website to find out more about Fresh Food Factor and learn how you can help the people of New Orleans.
To be honest, I had a great time at the FFF headquarters. The staff was so friendly and helpful (shoutout to Ms. Mona. Hey “Beybeh”!). I thank you all for being so welcoming and accommodating. I would love to volunteer with Fresh Food Factor again (it’ll give me a reason to go back to New Orleans)!
Overall, my time in the Big Easy was so enjoyable. I got to see a lot, learn a lot, do a lot… and I loved every minute of it! I hope you enjoyed my series of posts about my trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. I’ve told you about the great music, the amazing artwork and the overall feel of being in the French Quarter. Checkout the pictures and videos I was able to capture. I hope it inspires you all to take a trip to New Orleans soon. I promise you’ll love it!
I have another trip coming up and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! More information coming soon… As always, happy travels!