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Ever since Hurricane Katrina and its devastation along the Gulf Coast, Hands On volunteers have made a huge impact in coastal Mississippi.

Local Volunteers

Hands On Gulf Coast is transitioning its programming throughout 2008 to involve more residents of the Gulf Coast in their own communities. We recognize those who live and work on the Gulf Coast don't have 8 hours a day to volunteer, so we're developing shorter, episodic volunteer opportunities in our program areas (Youth Development, Construction, Green Space Development, and Community Outreach). Over the coming month (March), volunteer opportunities will be posted on our website and you'll be able to sign up for them. In the mean time, if you'd like to volunteer with us, please call us at 228.257.6094 or email us at info@handsongulfcoast.org.

Out-of-State Volunteers

Volunteers from outside Mississippi can still make a huge impact on the recovery of the Gulf Coast. Thanks to the support of corporate partners like Absolut Spirits, Inc. and Kaiser Permanente, Hands On Gulf Coast continues the outstanding work of volunteers in the region.

If you're interested in volunteering, please read our Volunteer Orientation Packet. We welcome individuals as well as small or large groups: each involves different arrangements and opportunities.

We take volunteers for anywhere from a day to a month. Want to stay longer? Check out our AmeriCorps program.

It costs $45 a day to house and feed one volunteer at Hands On. We are now asking for a $10 per person, per day donation to help defray the cost of living expenses.

Reservations and Travel Arrangements

Please confirm your desired volunteer dates with the volunteer coordinators prior to making travel arrangements. During busy times (e.g., spring break) bedding may not be available. Additionally, operations might halt for staff planning sessions or seasonal breaks (e.g., Christmas holidays).

18 and Up

Unaccompanied volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Safety Precautions

If you intend to volunteer with us, we require that you have a current vaccination for Tetanus -- within five years is the specific recommendation for those who live and work on the Gulf Coast.

We require you to wear work boots or heavy hiking boots when working on volunteer projects, and recommend you bring plenty of old work clothes.

Hands On Gulf Coast   .    2113 Pass Road   .    Biloxi, MS 39531   .    228.257.6094
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  AN AFFILIATE OF Points of Light and Hands On Network