In March 2010, Rhode Island had more than 15 inches of rain followed by severe flooding throughout the state. After the storms and subsequent flooding, many RI residents requested volunteer recovery assistance. In response, All Hands Volunteers launched the Rhode Island Recovery Coordination Center (RI RCC) to assist in the coordination of volunteer recovery efforts.
What: Project Rhode Island
Where: Rhode Island
When: April 9 – May 7, 2010
Why: Flooding, late March 2010
How: All Hands Volunteers, although not engaged in a full-scale volunteer project, offered its expertise in managing requests from the community and matching them with volunteer teams from other responding organizations. On April 5, 2010, Rhode Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (RI VOAD) and Rhode Island Emergency Management (RI EM) asked All Hands Volunteers to coordinate the work requests for the state. All Hands began by organizing an information exchange between responding agencies. The RI RCC functioned as a central hub for inter-agency coordination—successfully connecting flood affected residents with relief organizations.
Project Director: Bill Driscoll, Jr.
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