Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO) is an outreach ministry of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. We provide meaningful service projects in New Orleans for volunteers from all over the nation! Since opening our doors in October 2005, we have welcomed over 7,500 volunteers, gutted over 325 flooded and tornado-damaged homes, and built over 76 homes as well as partnered with several community partners to rebuild hope in many different ways all over New Orleans!
We welcome volunteers for New Orleans service projects from September through May for our week-long mission trip volunteer program, and in June and July for our youth volunteer summer program, Camp RHINO. Please take a moment to learn more about who we are and what we do by perusing our website or check us out on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram! If you have further questions or would like to schedule a trip, please contact our RHINO Ministry Director via e-mail or call (504) 897-0101 ext. 111.
RHINO’s Community Partners:
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity — RHINOs have gutted and rebuilt damaged homes, built new affordable housing, worked in community gardens and the ReStore, and fulfilled A Brush with Kindness and other community improvement projects.
St. Bernard Project — RHINOs have gutted and rebuilt damaged houses, built new affordable housing, and helped repair homes for families affected by Hurricane Katrina and contractor fraud.
SOUL NOLA — Sustaining Our Urban Landscape — RHINOs help improve water management and drainage by upkeeping biospheres, removing invasive plants, and restoring wetlands.
Rebuilding Together — RHINOs help build new affordable houses and restore homes damaged by termites, disrepair, or other damage.
Camp Carrollton — RHINOs have done volunteer work with local youth at this daytime summer camp in arts and crafts, games, reading, and physical activity centers.
City Park — RHINOs have done service projects to upkeep gardens and landscaping around City Park.
Magnolia Community Services— RHINOs have volunteered with adults with developmental disabilities during arts and crafts, dances, bowling, and other activities.
Love in Action Food Bank — RHINOs help sort donations, clean the warehouse, and distribute food to those in need in New Orleans East.
Second Harvest Food Bank — RHINOs have volunteered to help pack boxes of dry goods for distribution to hungry families.
Edible Schoolyard — RHINOs have done volunteer work in ESY’s school-based gardens. ESY offers hands-on gardening experience, cooking classes, and nutrition classes at public schools around the city.
Capstone Gardens — RHINOs help plant, maintain, and harvest vegetables and fruits that are given to neighbors in need of fresh food.
Press Street Gardens — RHINOs work in the garden to provide fresh food for NOCCA’s culinary arts program for local high school students.