Foster Grandparent Program
(504-310-6882; www.ccano.org/ fostergrandparents)
Volunteers 55 and older mentor and tutor at-risk teens and children in locations including day care and Head Start centers, rehabilitation facilities, schools and shelters. The program is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service's Senior Corps.
(2240 Lakeshore Drive, 504-284-7678; Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 6201 Stratford Place, 504-394-5433; www.peopleprogram.org)
The program for people 50 and older includes course offerings such as needlework, music, art, computer and languages, and activities like exercise classes, dance, crafts and games. You can pay by the class, session or a flat membership of $150 with unlimited classes.
This volunteer program from Senior Corps provides flexibility in time commitment, and participants can choose from a variety of tasks ranging from home renovations to mentoring children.
The nationwide fitness program designed to help seniors improve balance, strength and endurance is available through thousands of health clubs across the country, and the cost often is covered by Medicare. Group classes are tailored for older adults, participants have access to all gym amenities and the program hosts social events. (Class offerings and schedules vary by location.)
(Find a complete list of museums at www.bestofneworleans.com, Art Listings, or view "Call for volunteers" in Events Listings.)
If you love art and history and like interacting with a variety of people, consider volunteering as a docent (sometimes you get to wear period garb) or tour guide at one of the city's museums, historic homes or cemeteries. A few options include The Historic New Orleans Collection/Williams Research Center; National World War II Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Save Our Cemeteries.
Sistahs Making a Change
(Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-569-9070)
If you like dancing and socializing more than walking on a treadmill, this program could be for you. The free twice-weekly exercise and dance classes range from belly dancing to African dance to second-line grooves with equally diverse music selections. There also is health, wellness and nutrition information — and classes are followed by a healthy meal. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday & Thursday.