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INTA is pleased to offer two different opportunities to give back to the community while we are in New Orleans.

If you are already registered for the meeting, please log into the Registrant Portal and click Add Sessions to add either event to your registration.

Offsite Volunteer Service Day –  Housing and Homelessness 


INTA has partnered with Network Volunteers, a local 501c3 nonprofit that helps connect volunteers to New Orleans.  Its mission is to create meaningful volunteer experiences that build investment in, commitment to and capacity of the Greater New Orleans area and its community organizations.

Housing and Homelessness

Why? Before and after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had challenges with affordable housing, homelessness and blight.  Since Katrina these issues have increased and are persistent in different neighborhoods throughout the city.  Working on housing and homelessness is not only a great way to help New Orleans rebuild, but also an important way to learn about the history of New Orleans and the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Project Partner: Volunteers of America

  • Volunteers of America is a national organization with a large New Orleans chapter. Each individual chapter strategically designs programs and initiatives geared toward local needs.

  • Common areas of focus include promoting self-sufficiency for the homeless and for others overcoming personal crises, caring for the elderly and disabled and fostering their independence, and supporting positive development for troubled and at-risk children and youth. Project options for this site include:

    • Building living kits consists of assembling a bag of hygiene products to give to homeless community members. Living kits often include toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, and other necessary supplies, as well as a letter of support from those who assembled the kit (and then the option of doing outreach in the community and distributing them).

    • Working to beautify workforce/affordable housing communities for the following populations: seniors, veterans, drug rehabilitation, and family workforce housing. Beautification projects may include tasks such as painting, garden maintenance, and/or exterior repairs.
***Activities subject to change***


Tuesday, November 6 – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Meet in lobby of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and buses loaded 
12:15 PM – 12:30 PM – Travel to Volunteer Site
12:30 PM – 12:45 PM – Volunteer Orientation
12:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Activity 
3:00 PM – 3:15PM – Activity Wrap-Up and Group Photo
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM – Travel Back to Hotel 

Fee: The charge is US $60 and lunch is included.

Liberty’s Kitchen – Guest Chef Night 

Thursday, November 8 
5:30 pm–8:30 pm

INTA has partnered with Liberty’s Kitchen to host a special Guest Chef Night featuring Chef Andrew Lu!
Invest in youth and inspire your palate.

Liberty’s Kitchen is a New Orleans social venture that uses food to create opportunities for youth. Their signature programs include workforce readiness and job placement for young adults, leadership development programming, and food access all across the New Orleans area.

Their monthly Guest Chef Night series is a chance to invest in youth while inspiring your palate. They have agreed to host this special night for INTA’s members to participate. Local chefs work alongside their trainees to prepare special three-course meals in an intimate setting. During the dinner, they recognize recent graduates of their Youth Development Program.

Our Guest Chef is Andrew Lu of Cavan.   

Andrew Lu’s love for cooking came from his deep-rooted family history in the restaurant industry.  Growing up in Lafayette, LA, his father was the Chef of his Uncle's Chinese buffet restaurant and Andrew vividly remembers high school summers spent waking up early to learn Chinese-American recipes from his dad.  After meeting his fiancée, he spent long hours with her mom, watching her make Cajun meals in her cast iron skillet that has been passed down four generations.  Andrew is passionate about creating new ways to harmoniously combine his Chinese heritage with learned traditions of Cajun cuisine.  Following his graduation from Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge, he began working with Chef Kyle Waters III at Ruffino's on the River.  After working his way up from fry cook to tournant, he moved to New Orleans to continue his culinary career and is currently the Executive Sous Chef at Cavan Restaurant & Bar. 

Event details

Dinner will be at Liberty’s Kitchen, 300 N. Broad Street Cafe, which will be transformed into a fine-dining experience. 

Passed appetizers start at 6:00 pm, seating is at 6:30 pm, and the evening concludes around 8:00 pm.

Fee: $75 USD includes appetizers, three-course dinner and water, gratuity and transportation. Tickets are limited to 45 persons. Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

This event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle); you are welcome to purchase and bring your preferred alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to have with your meal. There is a grocery store next door to the venue.

If you would like to make us aware of your food allergies, please contact Tricia Simpson Montero at


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