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New Orleans Marriott Partners with Volunteer Organization

December 15, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox

The New Orleans Marriott is collaborating with Voluntour Gumbo, a new partnership with non-profit volunteer agencies. Together with Contemplatives in Action and Bayou Rebirth, the hotel is creating a one-stop shop for those looking to make a difference in the Big Easy. Launching December 16, this exclusive collaboration is the first of its kind in New Orleans.

Ideal for church and social groups, family reunions, corporations and more, the program matches group voluntourists with service projects in the region and customizes itineraries to create a personalized experience. New Orleans Marriott offers participants a special rate starting from $84 per night including taxes for 10 or more rooms, which based on quad occupancy brings the price to $21 per person.

Voluntour Gumbo will assign representatives to work one-on-one with groups to select appropriate projects based on the needs of both parties. Groups are assigned an on-the-ground assistant who will keep the team informed of any updates, delays, etc. Voluntour Gumbo liaisons can coordinate traditional projects such as home rebuilding or create a unique initiative based on the group’s expertise and professional experience. Groups can also develop a customized itinerary of multiple activities to cater to the varied interests of all attendees including environmental projects, working with children, animal rescue, and more.
As a long-time advocate of the city’s voluntourism movement, New Orleans Marriott will not only connect groups with Voluntour Gumbo but also offers the Build and Bond program, designed specifically for voluntour groups. The program provides a coordinator resource kit including information on area transportation companies and city guides, a complimentary meeting room, complimentary parking for 15-passenger vans, 50 percent off parking for personal vehicles and discounted pricing for box lunches.
Daily service fees for Voluntour Gumbo projects range from $25 per person for family, school, church or non-profit organizations to $50 per person for corporate teams. The fee supports the non-profit volunteer agencies and provides full coordination, work assignment, activity planning, and on-the-ground support. For details about Voluntour Gumbo visit, contact [email protected], or call 504-891-8483.

To book the special volunteer rate at New Orleans Marriott call 504-553-5526, e-mail [email protected] or visit

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