Voluntourism opportunities

June 24, 2008 

Are you a tourist who wants to help the Coast rebuild? Volunteer Gulf Coast, (228) 896-0073, is a great place to start. There are organizations that can work with a group wanting to volunteer for a partial day or just one day. All require being contacted at least two weeks in advance to schedule work.

Habitat for Humanity

Lauren Moylan; (228) 314-0011 ext. 310; www.habitat.org

Habitat is currently working on rebuilding houses but are able to use unskilled labor for a few hours. If you are interested in volunteering in Biloxi on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, contact Jeannie Antonetti at volunteer@hfhmgc.org, or visit the Web site at www.hfhmgc.org/get_involved/volunteer/.

Hands On Gulf Coast

Sara Hamilton; (228) 257-6094; www.handsongulfcoast.org

The group does a wide variety of projects from home building to working with the Boys and Girls Club, Humane Society, cooking, etc. Check its Web site for current list of projects.

ULM Relief (Urban Life Missions Relief)

Traci Frees, Public Relations & Strategic Planning; Cell: (334) 559-7535; 453 Howard Ave, Biloxi.

This group is helping families rebuild/repair their homes and helping those who cannot help themselves. There are several homes being repaired at several stages of construction, so we can use both skilled and unskilled volunteers to work in homes or on site. Construction team: flooring, drywall/sheetrock, painting, roofing, plumbing, electrical, cabinet installation, general clean up. Site team: organize supply tent, supply runner, sanitization (empty trash cans, clean up) Kitchen crew: prepare and cleanup of meals. Office workers: general clerical, answering phones, etc. This group will be in place until at least December 2008.

YouthBuild USA

René Soulé, director; (228) 234-8314; E-mail: rsoule@youthbuild.org; www.youthbuild.org/YouthBuildAmericorpsGulfport

Rebuilding communities and homes Coastwide. Specializes in youth volunteer projects to include construction training programs. This organization would also appreciate donations of gift cards from Home Depot in any amount to restock tools and building supplies when needed.

Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, Inc. (LSS)

Jerilyn Dufresne, LCSW; (228) 872-4848; E-mail: jdifresne@lsss.org www.lsss.org/disasterresponse.htm Camp Biloxi: Call (228) 594-0008.

Lutheran Social Services of the South is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation supported by private donations, state and federal contracts, volunteer time, grants and fees collected for services. Less than 10 percent of LSS’s budget is spent on administration and fund raising. This organization is maintaining two base camps, one in Biloxi and the other in Ocean Springs.