All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, we rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes and other community infrastructure.
Through community and volunteer engagement, we aim to help families recover faster after natural disasters using our "smart response" strategy. By rebuilding in a disaster resilient way, we prepare them for future events and, through the process, strengthen both volunteers and communities.
Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018, as a Category 5 hurricane. With record-breaking wind speeds of 160mph, Michael is the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Florida Panhandle and the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the United States. Tracking across the Southeastern United States, it caused power outages for 1.2 million residents in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas. Communities across the region were devastated, with full towns in the Florida Panhandle demolished beyond recognition.
Program Re-opening: Marianna, Florida (April 2020 - September 2020)
After wrapping up our first program in December 2019, our U.S. assessment team returned to Florida to assess areas still in need of assistance. Based on discussions with case management agencies and partner organizations, we have decided to re-open the Hurricane Michael Relief program this April. The program will focus on the Jackson County area and run for six months, working on mucking and gutting, debris removal, mold sanitation, chainsawing, home repairs and renewal projects.
Phase One: Panama City, Florida (October, 2018 - December, 2019)
Assessing the immense and widespread destruction of the storm, our Rapid Response team jumped into action immediately after the storm’s landfall. Identifying a great need in Bay and Calhoun counties, the majority of our work focused just outside Youngstown, Florida. Our initial efforts were chainsawing, debris removal and residential flood cleanup; we then worked on mucking and gutting homes, as well as performing mold sanitations.
Our Hurricane Michael program officially transitioned to the recovery phase in June 2019 and began rebuild work on affected homes; we worked in tandem with local community partners to effectively support recovery and helped more than 800 people.
No construction experience is necessary - just an eagerness to work hard for a good cause!
Spots are filling up quickly, so join us today!
We accept spontaneous volunteers from any background, providing on-the-job training free of charge.
Does it cost money?
Volunteering with All Hands and Hearts is completely free of charge, and we provide accommodation and meals. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for the cost of your travel both to and from the program, meals on your day(s) off, and any costs associated with taking a 3 day break each month away from program.
What are the accommodations like?
Accommodations vary by program and the communities we are working within. They are often community centre spaces, churches, or schools, and it’s communal living at its finest! Accommodation is always mixed gender housing, and there are always opportunities for functioning bathrooms and showers. Due to the communal living environment and limited residential space, we advise packing light. As soon as you apply and are confirmed, you will be emailed live information packets full of the most updated information of what to pack, what to expect, and how to get to the base you’ll be volunteering at.
What can I expect on a typical workday?
Each day depends on the scope of work that the home or school you are placed on requires. Typical tasks include mucking and gutting, mold sanitation, insulation and drywall insulation, carpentry, and painting. Don’t worry if you have never done this before - we will teach you everything you need to know when you get here! Each work day is from about 8 AM-4 PM, however these hours change depending on the needs of the program you volunteer for. After you return home from the worksite, you will have a chance to unwind, relax, and reflect on your day as a part of our nightly team meetings. Check out our day in the life video to get a feel for volunteering life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezh3h3W0Aw
How do I sign up?
Read about our program here and click "Volunteer For This Program" to apply: http http://bit.ly/ServiceYearFL
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Volunteer Coordination Team at: VOLUNTEER@ALLHANDSANDHEARTS.ORG
-Meals on work days
-Travel support available if you can volunteer for two weeks or more
-On site construction training
-Emergency health coverage for all non-US citizens/residents
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