In Memoriam

Rev. Mary J. Harrington 1952 - 2010

Our beloved founder, the Rev. Mary J. Harrington, died at home on October 26, 2010 after a long struggle with ALS. A memorial service was hosted by the Winchester Unitarian Society on November 8, 2010.

Instead of flowers the family asked that those wishing to make memorial contributions support the Rev. Mary J. Harrington Fund of Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, 478 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

Donations may also be made through this web site. Please specify the MJH Fund when contributing.


OUR MISSION: Helping people in the Gulf Coast region rebuild their homes, their neighborhoods, their communities and their lives for as long as it takes

YOU ARE STILL NEEDED: Volunteers are providing the lion’s share of help in the Gulf Coast recovery efforts and are deeply appreciated. So join us to work in elementary schools (tutoring, setting up libraries,
painting, gardening and art projects), rebuilding houses and churches - plus there's still some gutting to be done. Almost three years to the day after being struck by Hurricane Katrina (and then Rita), Louisiana has been battered once again by Hurricane Gustav and high winds from Ike.

*Clear trees and debris
*Repair damaged homes
*Provide tutoring and work on projects at New Orleans elementary schools

TRIP COST: Everyone pays for their own airfare. Long Haul provides housing, groceries, local transportation/van rentals, work sites and group leaders. We also request a $150 contribution to help offset
these costs (college and grad students exempted). Scholarships available. Housing at Aurora United Methodist Church in New Orleans.

WHO WE ARE: Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul is an all volunteer, non-profit, tax exempt organization. We have sponsored 12 week-long service trips in New Orleans, southern Louisiana in bayou
country, and Mississippi. Our volunteers have ranged in age from 15 to 84, and we have a special commitment to taking college students on our relief trips.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SIGN UP: Contact Trina Heinisch, Trip Coordinator, at or

Helping people clean up from the storm damage

Gutting houses so people can return to their homes

Helping people to rebuild their homes and their lives

Working to rebuild school libraries and playgrounds

Refurbishing schools and planting seeds of hope and progress