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
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)