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inside a pod at the volunteer village

This is a picture of the inside of one of the "pods," or hard-shell tents, that Hillel students stayed in while participating in one of Hillel's Alternative Spring Break programs in the spring of 2006. Presybeterian Disaster Assistance turned the grounds of the Orange Grove Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi into a volunteer village, where 150 volunteers at a time could stay while helping rebuild nearby neighborhoods. Hundreds of students from Hillels across the country spent their...

relaxing after a hard day of work

This is a picture of Hillel students relaxing in their dining/social tent after a long day of construction work to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. College students from Hillels across the country spent their spring breaks in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, learning basic construction skills and repairing damaged homes. These students were staying in a volunteer village set up by the Presybeterian Disaster Assistance and located at Orange Grove Presbyterian church in Gulfport,...

Orange Grove Presbyterian Church

This is a picture of the sign for the Orange Grove Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance established Volunteer Villages along the Gulf Coast to house the many volunteers who helped in the region after Hurricane Katrina. Hillel students stayed in these villages while participating in Hillel's spring 2006 alternative spring break trips. Hundreds of college students from Hillels across the country spent their winter or spring breaks in Gulfport and Biloxi,...

FEMA tarps

This is a picture of Hillel students removing the protective FEMA tarp from the roof of a house in Gulfport, Mississippi so that they could construct a new roof in its place. Tgese students were part of a group of hundreds of college students from Hillels across the country that spent their winter or spring breaks in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The students learned basic construction and roofing skills, and worked on many homes over the course...

destroyed home

This is a picture of home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Mississippi. This picture was taken by University of Vermont student in March, 2006. He was part of a group of hundreds of college students and staff members from Hillels across the country that spent their winter or spring breaks in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina.