Volunteer Day

Join Us for Volunteer Day at DRI2024 in New Orleans

The DRI Foundation invites DRI Certified Professionals to participate in Volunteer Day 2024, on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in conjunction with the annual DRI Conference, March 3-6, 2024

This is your DRI Foundation at work — creating meaningful connections in our communities and engaging members of the resilience field in its mission with special volunteer opportunities in our conference host city of New Orleans, LA.

In conjunction with the DRI Conference, the DRI Foundation will give back to New Orleans, LA by partnering with local charitable organizations. Volunteer Day will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024. The DRI Foundation plans to offer a half-day session and a full-day session, working with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL):

Shucking and Building (Half-Day) – You will help prepare the shell for future restoration by shoveling oyster shells into mesh bags to contribute to the next reef build project. Volunteers will also help clean up our shell pile and remove trash and plastics as we bag.

By helping prep the shell, volunteers will play a role in creating a new oyster reef that will allow for the growth of new oysters, create new fish habitat, and act as a wave break which will knock down storm surge and allow new land to build up behind the reef.

Riding, Planning and Building (Full Day) – You will take a boat ride to the Central Wetlands Unit  where you will plant Cypress trees to create a coastal forest. These forests reduce effects of storm surge and flooding, offer protection from hurricanes and safeguard local communities as well as improve water quality and create habitat for fish and wildlife.

You can register for Volunteer Day 2024 through conference registration.  For additional information, contact Bonnie Canal at bcanal@driif.org.

To learn more about what to expect when volunteering with the DRI Foundation, visit our Volunteerism page.

Continuing Education Activity Points

DRI has defined the number of CEAPs (Continuing Education Activity Points) that can be earned by attending DRI’s annual conference. Not only will you receive points for attending our conference and sessions, but DRI also would like to encourage and recognize the volunteer work that you do!  DRI Certified Professionals will earn 1 CEAP for each hour you volunteer.

Volunteering with us? Tweet about it!

Follow us @dri_intl, then tweet about volunteering with the hashtags #DRI2024 and #drifoundation. Here is a suggested tweet – just copy and paste:

I am volunteering with the #drifoundation to help build resilient communities in #New Orleans. You can too! 

We look forward to seeing you at DRI2024.