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The Mission of HOGC is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to meet community needs through volunteerism. Our Vision is a community where all individuals discover their power to make a difference and are equipped as active, engaged citizens.
Hands on Gulf Coast (HOGC), originally Hands on Network, began its work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 as a direct response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007 Hands On Network merged with the Points of Light Foundation creating our country's largest volunteer engagement organization known as POL&HON. Once the scope of recovery was realized for the Gulf Coast, and with the agreement of POL&HON, an aggressive plan was devised that would enable HOGC to spin off its operation.
In November 2008 that idea became a reality, and Hands On Gulf Coast began operating as an independent affiliate dedicated to the Gulf Coast. The past two years have been a time of tremendous growth. Firmly committed to the Gulf Coast, the organization's focus grew to encompass not only disaster recovery but other needs existing in the local communities. On February 23, 2010, Hands On Gulf Coast began doing business as Hands On Mississippi. This rebranding represents a culmination of ideas and an expanded vision of service. It was time to allow for the fact that communities across the state can benefit from volunteer mobilization and the leadership that HOM provides.
HOM addresses disaster recovery, Historic Home Restoration, Mentoring and Tutoring, Adult Enrichment programs, Ecological Conservation, Homelessness, Immigrant populations, Service Days, Youth Volunteerism, and Healthy Living programs.