Hurricane Katrina

Remembering the Storm That Changed Our Course

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region on Aug. 29, 2005, forever changing the lives of the people who called the area home. In deep and meaningful ways, it also touched the lives of the millions of volunteers who came from across the country to help – and it shaped what we do at Points of Light.

Read our stories and share your own on Facebook or Twitter using #Katrina10, or at listen@pointsoflight.org.

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Our Stories

Volunteers came to us by the busload. Corporations gave us the means to help. They helped us show how volunteer service changes lives. Read our stories >

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Our Memories

We remember the destruction, the grueling work, the survivors who welcomed us with hugs and food. Read our memories and share your own >

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Our Heroes

Some volunteers reached out to survivors in unique and extraordinary ways – our Daily Point of Light honorees. Read about our heroes >


In this archival video, see how volunteers restored flood-damaged houses in New Orleans and hear from residents who got to know the volunteers.

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Find out how you can prepare your home for disaster at Good and Ready.