Volunteer at the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center

Help us turn beads into jobs!

ArcGNO collected more than 160 tons of Mardi Gras throws in 2019, saving them from drains and landfills around New Orleans. Now, we need your help to sort and package them! The more recycled throws we sell, the more jobs we create for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Get to know how great it is working alongside people of all abilities by volunteering with our bead team in a fun and festive environment. Bead sorting in the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center is the perfect volunteering opportunity for your office, team, club, class, or any other group. We can also use help in our retail store, especially during peak selling season. Volunteering on your own? Great! We can use your help too.


All volunteers must be at least 11 years or older. Ages 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Meet the team!

From left: Jason, John, Tina, Carolyn, Peter, and Tommie.


Our Mardi Gras Recycle Center employs over 80 individuals with disabilities throughout the year. While participants work hard everyday, we depend upon volunteers to help us reach the finish line.

Complete the volunteer form below and wait for confirmation. 

For more information about volunteering at the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 504-324-1919 or twright@arcgno.org.  


Mardi Gras Recycle Center Volunteer Registration

  • Please list your 1st and 2nd choice dates and times to volunteer for the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center.
  • Please submit the name of the organization wishing to volunteer at the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center
  • Please select how many people that would like to volunteer at the ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center.
    Please enter a number from 1 to 300.
  • Please leave the contact information for the person who will be responsible for the volunteers.
  • Phone Number
  • Email


Individuals, who wish to volunteer for more than 40 hours within a calendar year will be required to complete a volunteer form and undergo a background check.