All Hands Volunteers strongly believes in the untapped power of the individual when driven by a desire to make a difference. While some relief organizations utilize volunteers, more often than not they only engage pre-trained volunteers or those from their existing networks or memberships, while others charge a fee for volunteering. All Hands takes a unique approach and accepts spontaneous volunteers from any background or faith, providing on-the-job training free of charge. This broadens our capability to help those in distress, offers a transformative experience to those who serve with us, and brings a wider pool of skills to the relief effort.
In August 2016, the state of Louisiana was hit by an overwhelming level of flooding and one of the worst natural disasters in recent years. Our US response team immediately jumped into action and we are still there today. After several months of clearing debris and preparing affected homes for rebuild, our response efforts now…Learn More Apply Now
On November 28, a fire that began in the Great Smoky Mountains was pushed into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge by wind gusts of up to 90mph. The flames burned down hundreds of homes and left 14 people dead, 17 firefighters injured, 14,000 residents homeless and over 1,476 homes have been destroyed. Our immediate response team…Learn More Apply Now
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu, the worst of its kind in more than 80 years. More than 9,000 people were killed, a further 23,000 were injured and the destruction to infrastructure and homes was massive. On May 12, 2015, a second 7.3 earthquake struck the…Learn More Apply Now
Each volunteer has their own unique experience, but our programs have some basic similarities.
Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, leaving thousands displaced and without livelihood. But that’s only the start of Ulaiasi’s story. Watch the inspiring story of Ulaiasi, a Fijian farmer who is rebuilding his life after losing everything to Cyclone Winston. Also featuring life as a volunteer.
Rafe, the 57 year old British Army veteran, fought alongside Nepali Gurkha soldiers and came to volunteer in Nepal to commemorate his time in the service.
Volunteers from all around the world join us in our efforts toward putting families back in homes and kids back in schools in Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, and Nuwakot. Watch this video as it encompasses the many facets of life as a volunteer.
“We are only as weak as our weakest member and at All Hands there is no weakness. Only strength not just in the mass number of volunteers but in the courage to try something new and exciting and will power to push towards success even when our muscles ache and our mind is spinning in circles adjusting to the constant flow of new information and skills. The chance to be part of a connection between people all over the world and a local community that holds their arms open to people taking their time to try and make someone else’s life as beautiful as they can after disaster tore it apart.” -Jocelyn, Leyte Recovery Program
“During my time in Bohol there was a large number of young volunteers who had shown up spontaneously, without much thought about it, and most had never had a significant volunteer experience previously. It was wonderful to watch them transform, to see their deep fulfillment and that this kind of service would become a part of their lives in the future. This has been missing from many recent youth but AHV is bringing it back.”
– Marga McElroy
“Everything about this experience was amazing. The work I had a chance to do was extremely rewarding and everyone I met was awesome. I will remember this forever!” – Natalie, Project Brooklyn
Around the clock and around the world, All Hands Volunteers is poised to respond to natural disasters. With your support, we’re helping communities recover from catastrophes like hurricanes and earthquakes. Sign up to volunteer with us today!
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