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.
Exciting announcement: We are currently offering FREE flights within the U.S. to volunteers who commit to spending at least 2 weeks with us in Texas. Apply to our programs below or email email@example.com for more information.
January 2018, to Present / Puerto Rico In the Fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria’s 155 mph ferocious winds plowed through the island of Puerto Rico, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. “It is the worst natural disaster on record in Puerto Rico and nearly three months later, the island still does not have power and…Learn More Apply Now
September 2017 – Present / US Virgin Islands On September 6, Hurricane Irma slammed into the US Virgin Islands as a category 5 hurricane.The islands suffered severe wind and flood damage, reducing many areas to rubble. In light of the almost absolute devastation in USVI, All Hands Volunteers sent an Immediate Response Team to…Learn More Apply Now
August 2017 – Present / Houston, Texas Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane, bringing unprecedented destruction to Texas. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the US since 2005, superseding Hurricane Sandy. The recovery is going to be long and hard; that’s why All Hands Volunteers has committed to…Learn More Apply Now
March 29, 2017 to Present / Las Lomas, Peru Widespread flooding and severe rains in Peru began intensifying towards the beginning of February 2017 – this was as a result if The Coastal El Niño Phenomenon. Increased rains lead to landslides, overflowing rivers, flash-floods and mud-flows in 24 of the country’s 25 regions. An estimated 1.2M people…Learn More Apply Now
December 5, 2016 – Present / Livingston Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish In August 2016, the state of Louisiana was hit by 48 hours of continuous rain, leading to an overwhelming level of flooding – this event was deemed one of the worst natural disasters in recent years. Our US response team immediately jumped…Learn More
April 2015 – Present / Nepal Earthquake Recovery 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. Over 5,000 schools…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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