For more than a decade, Tourism Cares has united the travel, tourism and hospitality industries to give back to destinations in need of care. More than 40,000 volunteer hours have been donated at a value of almost a million dollars to dozens of sites in the United States.

Join us at an event this year so that you may proudly say "I CLEAN UP WELL!"


March 16-18, 2016 marks 10 years since Tourism Cares volunteers spent two days on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, helping out the community there after the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina.

For many, the event was life-changing. The impact our more than 300 volunteers had on that community was truly astounding. Two years after the program, Steve Richer, public affairs advocate, Richer Advisers, said the following:

“Tourism Cares was one of the earliest volunteer groups to come and give critical help to the Mississippi Gulf Coast shortly after the storm.  No only did they give two days of help but the publicity of their efforts provided the impetus for others to help. Since that time, more than ½ million volunteers have come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help the community get back on its feet.”

Progress continues even 10 years later. Bridges re-built, buildings mended and welcoming the public. Check out some of the places the went from rubble to reopened by visiting our work site websites:

Beauvoir // J.L. Scott Marine Education Center // Lynn Meadows Discovery Center // Mississippi Coast Convention Center & Coliseum // Maritime & Seafood Museum // Mississippi Sound Historical Museum // Ohr-O’Keefe Museum

Our most recent programs / 2014 - present

Miami, FL / San Pedro, CA / Leesburg, VA / Williams & Grand Canyon, AZ / Atlanta, GA

The previous five years / 2009 - 2013

Gettysburg, PA / Angel Island, San Francisco, CA / Washington, DC / Valley Forge, PA /

Mystic Seaport, CT / Pensacola, FL / Sacramento, CA / New York, NY / Plymouth, MA

At the end of the day, participants in the project put down their tools, paint brushes and shovels to see the huge difference they had made in just one day. Volunteers used more than 150 gallons of paint and spread nearly 600 pounds of cement. Tasks varied from the painting of historic buildings to rebuilding of fences to the archiving of more than 300 artifacts to the planting of more than a dozen trees. In all, more than 1,500 volunteer hours which translated into months of labor were donated to the city of Sacramento.
In terms of volunteer value, Tourism Cares for Plimoth Plantation raised the bar significantly, showcasing volunteerism at its finest, and proved how volunteers can support the very high standards inherent in a living history museum of this caliber
— Janet Young, Plimoth Plantation
In terms of the destinations, we were thrilled by the excitement and enthusiasm the volunteers showed for the areas they visited. In regard to the work they did, we knew what the volunteers were capable of but it was amazing to see how excited our hosts from NYC Parks, The National Park Service and Coney Island were to see how much they were actually able to accomplish.
— Reagan Stulbaum, NYC & Company

The first five years / 2003 - 2008

New York, NY / New Orleans (before Katrina), LA / Mount Vernon, VA / Mississippi Gulf Coast / Virginia City, NV / New Orleans (after Katrina, LA)

This kind of concentrated effort makes us feel like we moved mountains in just a few days.
— Craig Ray, Director of Tourism, Mississippi Development Authority
The value of the work performed in New Orleans can’t be captured in man hours or painted fence posts. The value resides in the hearts and minds of those who gave, those who received, and in the investment made in the city’s recovery
— Mike Valentino, President & CEO, Valentino Hotels