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.
September 2017 – Present / Lower Florida Keys Hurricane Irma made Landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10th 2017, as a category 4 hurricane. Irma has been called the most intense hurricane to strike in a decade, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it was also the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in…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 has brought unprecedented destruction to Texas and the real toll of lives lost, communities hurting, and homes and businesses destroyed is just beginning to unfold. Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to hit the US since 2005, superseding Hurricane Sandy. The recovery is going 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 and leading to landslides, floods, flashfloods and mud flows in 24 of the 25 affected regions. An estimated 1.2M people were impacted and 2457 schools damaged or destroyed. On 22 March, 2017, our…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 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…Learn More Apply Now
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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