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Hurricane Katrina - The Aftermath and Recovery

As soon as Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Volunteers of America was mobilized along the Gulf Coast, serving the needs of our clients while also helping others left in need after the storm.

Watch how dedicated Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans' direct support professionals were to their clients during and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Volunteers of America has been working to serve people in need in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast for more than 100 years.

In the years since Hurricane Katrina, we have built hundreds of new homes to replace those destroyed by the storm, becoming one of the leading providers of affordable replacement housing in the region. Our network of service providers has helped tens of thousands of storm survivors rebuild their homes and their lives, providing everything from emergency food and shelter to medical care and case management. We were deeply rooted in the Gulf Coast community long before Katrina, and we plan to stay for many years to come.

Learn how you can get involved with upcoming 10th anniversary events in the Greater New Orleans area

  • Citywide Day of Service

On Saturday, August 29, the city of New Orleans will host the Citywide Day of Service, engaging thousands of volunteers. Sign up your team to take part in the beautification of our housing community, The Elysian Courtyards of Gentilly. Help improve our gardens and play areas as well as stain exterior railings as part of the Citywide Day of Service. Sign up today and choose Elysian Courtyards in Gentilly.

  • Resilience Run

The Folgers Resilience Run/Walk is happening here in New Orleans on August 29! The 2-mile event will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the incredible resilience of the people of our great city. All proceeds from the run will be donated to local charities, including Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans. Sign up here and choose Volunteers of America.