Volunteer Information


Due to the City’s Modified Phase One response to COVID-19, SOUL is postponing the following planting dates:

  • Saturday, January 9th – Broadmoor
  • Monday, January 18th (MLK Day) – Hoffman Triangle & MLK Blvd.
  • Saturday, January 23rd – Mid-City/Lakeview

We will revisit scheduling planting events at the end of January.

Please stay safe and healthy!

Learn about SOUL’s COVID-19 volunteer protocol here.

Click the links below to learn more about SOUL’s different volunteer roles.

Tree Planter

From November through March, we routinely host Saturday tree planting events throughout neighborhoods in New Orleans. Tree planting volunteers check in at base camp Saturday mornings at 9:30am and plant until 1pm. This role involves using shovels and pick-axes to plant trees in 15-30 gallon pots, so volunteers should expect some strenuous activity. If you have physical limitations but still want to volunteer at our Saturday plantings, you could help us with greeting volunteers at the check-in table, picking up lunch, or watching over base camp. After the planting, SOUL will celebrate volunteers’ hard work with beer and lunch donated from local restaurants! Sign up as an individual here.


Truck Driver

Have a pick-up truck? SOUL needs volunteers with trucks to help us transport trees at our Saturday planting events from November through March. Truck drivers start arriving at base camp at 8:30am Saturday mornings, where the SOUL team will help load your truck with trees and tools for your planting team. From there, drivers will deliver trees from base camp to their planting locations. 


Team Leader

Team leaders help facilitate planting teams during our Saturday events from November through March by demonstrating proper planting instructions and coordinating volunteer groups. This role is best suited for those who have attended at least one SOUL planting in the past. This position requires good organizational skills and not necessarily physical strength. 


Maintenance Volunteer

When planting season is over, there’s still plenty of work to be done! From April-October, SOUL needs volunteers to help maintain the newly planted trees. Maintenance involves work like mulching, staking, and watering trees. This work can be done with small groups on the weekends, or, if you are an individual, you could volunteer to help our Maintenance Coordinator water trees during the week. 


Office Volunteer

Do you have physical limitations that prevent you from planting/digging, but still want to volunteer with SOUL? We have other opportunities for you! We have opportunities in the office for volunteers, particularly in planning for our annual Treequinox fundraiser in September. Office volunteers can help with fundraising, outreach, and other administrative duties.


Volunteer Groups

Does your business want to host a staff volunteer day? Are you planning a visit to New Orleans with a group? SOUL can help you plan a volunteer day with your group! Groups must consist of at least 10 people, and we can plan group volunteer events during the planting and maintenance seasons. Availability depends on our volunteer calendar, so fill out this form to inquire about dates your group is interested in.