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 Harvey made landfall on Friday 25 August, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 130mph. Making a total of 3 landfalls, Harvey damaged/destroyed roughly 185,000 homes, impacting millions of people.
Our US Response team immediately jumped into action. We have multiple teams in Texas who are mucking and gutting homes, cutting down trees and clearing debris. As we transition into recovery, we will rebuilding homes, including installing insulation and drywall, painting, and basic carpentry.
Texas has a long road ahead, and All Hands and Hearts have committed to the long term to help survivors recover and rebuild. To make it easier for volunteers to join us, it is completely free to volunteer, and we provide free accommodation and meals for each work day. Additionally, if you are able to volunteer for two weeks or more, we can provide a round-trip flight from participating airports in the US to aid with the costs of traveling. 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://bit.ly/ServiceYearTX
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Volunteer Coordination Team at: VOLUNTEER@ALLHANDSANDHEARTS.ORG
FREE to volunteer (no program fee), Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided on workdays, Accommodation provided every day (communal-style living), Travel support available if you can volunteer for two weeks or more (subject to availability), Undergo free on-site construction training (with tools and safety equipment provided), Emergency health coverage for all non-US citizens/residents, Engage in cultural immersion and community development, Meet volunteers from all over the world committed to service, Access to our Alumni Network after your trip + more.
Less than High School Completed
Subject to criminal background check
18 - 100