Ever since Hurricane Katrina and its devastation along the Gulf Coast,
Hands On volunteers have made a huge impact in coastal Mississippi.
Working with Councilman Bill Stallworth and the City of Biloxi, volunteers
assisted in the clean-up and rebuilding of two city sections-including removal
of trees from more than 600 sites, gutting more than 700 homes, walking hundreds
of dogs, delivering countless supplies, and feeding and housing more
than 3,000 volunteers.
Volunteers are still desperately needed. Thanks to the
support of corporate partners like The Home Depot,
Hands On Network is continuing the outstanding work of volunteers
in the region. The Hands On Action Center in Biloxi will remain
open for volunteers in the foreseeable future.
If you're interested in volunteering, please read our Volunteer
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.
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).
Unaccompanied volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
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.