Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us as an adult! We would not be able to accomplish what we do without the dedicated adult volunteers we have been fortunate to work with.
We encourage adults of any experience level to come on our trips. Whether you are a contractor by trade or have never held a power tool before, feel free apply to be an Adult Team Lead!
On the trips, students are broken up into teams of 5 to 7 people. Each team will have a Core Team Student Leader, an Adult Team Lead, and three to four student volunteers. The Core Team Leader (CTL) will be the team “captain,” and the Adult Team Lead (ATL) will be the “coach.” It is expected that the CTL and ATL work together to lead their team through the week and ensure that everyone’s experience, including their own, is a rewarding and memorable one.
The adult volunteers get the unique opportunity to work with students dedicated to service while also experiencing New Orleans’ rich culture and history.
Close relationship with Students: Throughout the week, adult volunteers will spend a majority of their time with the student participants on the trip, sharing the experience with them. This allows for a significant relationship to form between students and their adult volunteer, one that allows everyone to grow together and learn from each other.
New Skills: While on the worksite site supervisors will teach both student and adult participants practical skills. You could learn anything from putting up drywall to how to properly lay tile, returning home with the ability to do some home improvement projects of your own!
Rewarding Experiences: On the trips, there are many reminders of the direct impact our volunteers are having on the New Orleans community. From homeowners visiting the worksite to speakers that engage with the volunteers, it is clear that every minute you spend working on a house brings another family one minute closer to being able to come home.
New Adventure: The New Orleans community and the experience offered there are both very different from anything offered in the Pacific Northwest. The chances to engage with the lively community along with the activities made possible by SAA are a unique opportunity for a new kind of volunteer experience.
Adult volunteers will either be assigned as Adult Team Leads (ATL) or Roamers. ATL’s will be assigned a specific team of students to work with throughout the week.
All of our trips are dry trips. Safety is our primary concern, and it is against our policy for any trip participant to consume alcoholic beverages or any other intoxicating substances while traveling with Shirts Across America.
Ensure Safety of Self and Participants: It is important we do all we can to bring the people of New Orleans home. However, it is also important we do all we can to ensure the safety of our trip participants both on and off the worksite.
Transport: Adult volunteers will be responsible for transport to and from the worksite every workday, along with any additional transport for planned events or activities during free time. There is no need to make vehicle arrangements yourself—SAA will take care of any rental coordination.
Lead by Example: As an adult volunteer, you are expected to be a model for the students by displaying appropriate behavior at all times and adhering to SAA’s Code of Conduct.
Adult Volunteer Testimonials
Hearing from adults who have experienced the trips themselves is the best way to understand what being an ATL is like. Scroll through the slideshow below to read about other ATL’s experiences on past trips!