Volunteer in Puerto Rico and help residents recover from Hurricane Maria

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All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response

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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. Nearly three months after the disaster, many people living on the island are left without electricity, clean water, and the necessities needed to rebuild their home after the disaster.

Our US Response team leapt into action in late December, and we have committed to helping the families in Yabucoa and Barranquitas, where we will be helping clean up after the destruction of the storms and aiding them into the recovery process.

Puerto Rico has a long road ahead, and our Volunteers have committed for the long term to help survivors recover and rebuild. We hope to welcome you in Puerto Rico soon!

Volunteering with All Hands and Hearts is completely free, and we provide accommodation and meals for each work day. No construction experience is required - just an eagerness to work hard for a good cause.

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? Visit our current list of active programs here: https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/volunteer/
Once you find a program (or multiple!) that suits your fancy, follow the 'next’ link to proceed with your application!

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Disaster Relief Emergency & Safety Environment


Thu Jan 18, 2018 - Sat Sep 28, 2019
07:00 AM - 04:30 PM


All Hands and Hearts BaseYabucoa, Puerto Rico



  • Disaster Response
  • Disaster Cleanup
  • Civil Engineering


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • No amount of time is too short, and join for as long as you want!
  • Volunteers must be 16 or older as day volunteers, or 18 or older as residential volunteers.

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