Volunteer in Florida to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael

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All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response

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Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10th, 2018 as a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The third most intense Atlantic Hurricane to make landfall in the United States, Michael broke wind speed records as the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle. As Michael tracked across the Southeastern United States, strong winds caused 1.2 million power outages across the region, with power failing in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Sadly, 35 individuals lost their lives as a result of the storm.

Our Hurricane Michael Rapid Response team has jumped into action and we are working in the Bay and Calhoun Counties within Florida. Our work will be focused on Chainsawing and Tree Work, Debris Removal, Mucking and Gutting, and Mold Sanitation.

Volunteering with All Hands and Hearts is free of charge, and we provide housing and meals for each workday. 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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All Hands and Hearts BasePanama City Beach, FL 32413



  • Disaster Response
  • Disaster Cleanup
  • Disaster Relief Care & Shelters
  • Disaster Relief Call Center
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Search & Rescue


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 16
  • 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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