Time, Treasure or Talent
Time, Treasure or Talent

Donations and Volunteers are very important to Acadiana Outreach and our ability to restore shattered lives. We ask that you please consider giving what you can: financially, goods, or in the way of volunteer service. No gift is too small and every gift is appreciated and needed.  Over the next year, we will offer approximately 200,000 critical services including Basic Services, Case Management, and Empowerment & Enrichment, touching more than 4,000 lives - but only with your support. Thank you!!




• Monetary Donations (any amount)

• Food (Perishable & non-perishable. Canned goods, rice, milk, cereal...)

• Clothing (coats, socks, dress clothes, shirts, pants, new underwear…)

• Cleaning Products (Laundry detergent, bleach, pledge, pine-sol, windex, mops, brooms...)

• Art Supplies (Markers, paint, canvas, glass mosaic tiles...)

• Light Medical Supplies (band-aids, neosporin, tylenol...)

• Paper Products (toilet paper, paper towels, plastic/foam disposable plates and plasticware...)

• Office Supplies (paper, binders, ink, toner)

• Personal Hygiene Items (shampoo, soap, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products...etc)

All donations are tax deductible and do so much to improve the lives of our neighbors in crisis. Your one-time gift or your regular monthly support goes directly to help provide food, shelter, clothing, job training, and counseling for dozens of women and children every year.









Volunteers are needed each and every day. If you or your church, civic group, business or other organization are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the community, please consider volunteering some of your time. We need help with fundraising events, the closet & pantry, shelters & recovery homes, grounds improvement, childcare, administration, life skills instructors and holiday events.

Your Support Will Help to Provide:
• Safe Housing
• Meaningful Employment
• Food & Clothing
• Financial Stability
• Resolved Legal Issues
• Transportation
• Community Connections
• Optimal Mental and Physical Health
• Spiritual & Emotional Well-Being


How You Can Help

Volunteers are needed to help with the Lighthouse Shelter grounds improvement, childcare, administration, life skills instructors and holiday events.
Call Celina Jolivette, Director of the Lighthouse, at (337) 289-9141 for more information about volunteering, or click here to download our volunteer application.


Volunteers2Volunteer opportunities include:
Adopt a recovery house or shelter
Start a women’s discussion group
Host a holiday event
Teach parenting classes at Lighthouse
Babysit at Lighthouse
Tutoring & homework help at Lighthouse
Teaching life skills to clients
Holding a goods drive


Volunteer Testimonials

"We had a great time helping out and meeting everyone."
-- Landon J., Volunteer

"I really enjoyed meeting the women last night at The Lighthouse and I hope the information I shared with them will be helpful. They asked a lot of questions and were very engaged in our conversations. Thank you for this opportunity and I will be happy to lead another class again."
-- Charlotte Beadles, Lafayette General Medical Center
Charlotte led a professional development workshop for the ladies at our Lighthouse Womens and Children's Shelter on Interviewing Skills

“I am a retired educator of 36 years and after retiring in 2003, I became very active volunteering at East Bayou Baptist Church. It was through volunteering that I was led to Acadiana Outreach. Our church had just finished “The Purpose Driven Life” and started “40 Days of Community” when our missions pastor directed me here. In October 2004 our Sunday School class started in the Well-Mart and at that time, it was overwhelming!! Bags of clothes were piled almost to the ceiling and we had no supplies to work with. We were able to get some big banana boxes and that is how we did our sorting. A year or so later, the donation area was moved to the back room, which had no air conditioning and extremely poor lighting, but we stood on God’s word where in Colossians 3:23 it says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” Our original intent was only to work a few weeks but now it is five years later and our little group of East Bayou ladies are still at it plus, we have air conditioning and good lighting!”
-- Ms. Carla Nelson, Faithful Well-Mart volunteer for over 7 years.

"When I returned home, I searched for community-based organizations in Louisiana that were helping Katrina survivors & Acadiana Outreach Center stood out. I was impressed with the depth of your experience helping people who had no resources, and with your commitment to hiring Katrina survivors as part of your relief efforts. I could tell you were working tirelessly on behalf of Katrina survivors and that further, you had the know-how to make a difference."
-- Ellen Young, California

"We enjoyed helping!"
-- Terin Gary, Volunteer