Freeside turns the auditorium space over once a month to Burners Without Borders for their monthly meetup, where they plan fundraisers, community outreach, and reconstruction/beautification projects.
A little history...
Following the 2005 Burning Man event, several participants headed south into the Hurricane Katrina disaster area to help people rebuild their devastated communities. As the volunteer numbers grew, they focused their initial efforts on rebuilding a destroyed Vietnamese temple in Biloxi, Mississippi. After several months, that job done, they moved to another needy Mississippi community, Pearlington, to continue to work hard -- gifting their time -- to help those in need. Over the course of eight months, BWB volunteers gifted over $1 million dollars worth of reconstruction and debris removal to the residents of Mississippi.
Since that time, BWB has emerged as a community led, grassroots group that addresses gaping needs where existing cultural and societal systems are failing.
You can find out more on their homepage, their Facebook page, and by just showing up and jumping in!
To get to Freeside, just follow the directions on our home page. You'll need a gate code, but you can email our auto-responder by sending an email with the subject: gatecode to [masked]