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Mission Statement

All Hands and Hearts is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that efficiently and effectively 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 volunteer and community 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.


The All Hands story began in 2005 when, as a result of the devastating effects of the tsunami in December, 2004, businessman David Campbell headed to Thailand to see how he could help. His intended one week volunteer visit turned into a one month stay, during which he became one of the founders of HandsOnThailand, which, over a 3 month duration, brought more than 200 volunteers and several hundred thousand dollars to assist the rebuilding of five Phuket fishing villages.

In 2006, this volunteer response model became known as Hands On Disaster Response (HODR), and for four years empowered thousands of volunteers worldwide .

To eliminate confusion with other organizations whose names were too similar to Hands On Disaster Response, in September of 2010 HODR adopted the name All Hands Volunteers. The name All Hands Volunteers is also recognition that we will use our powerful "empowered volunteer" model beyond the initial response phase of a disaster, and also that we may have opportunities to launch projects in areas with great need without the triggering event of a major disaster.

In fall 2017, All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund merged to create All Hands and Hearts, a volunteer-powered disaster relief organization mobilizing the power of volunteers to put families back into homes and children back into schools after a natural disaster.


Average Review 21 reviews

Would you recommend All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response?

by Mars S. (November 7, 2019)
Staff does a great job of making all volunteers feel welcome. Work is hard but rewarding. Great sense of community! You will meet lifelong friends and learn amazing new skills!
by Grace B. (November 7, 2019)
All Hands And Hearts povides volunteers with an incredible oppurtunity to engage with communities effected by natural disasters, form meaningful relationships with other vols from all across the world, and contribute to work that actually makes a difference. I have been on two AHAH projects (Oaxaca and Yabucoa) and would fully reccomend the organization to anyone wanting to work hard and provide relief for those in need.
by Victor G. (April 28, 2017)
I've had an unforgettable time with these amazing people. All Hands is at once a family that creates the best possible living conditions for volunteers, and a very efficient organization that understands the needs of the people who need help. You will be able to actually see on a day to day basis the impact of your work on the lives of those you help, and at the same time be part of a living experience like no other, while developing skills in no time. If you're looking for a meaningful, powerful volunteering opportunity, All Hands is made for you.
by Mary A. from GB (April 28, 2017)
I volunteered with AHV for 2 months in the Philippines and also travelled to Malawi. My time was awesome, I came to the project having heard nothing about AHV or knowing any other volunteers. Everyone made me feel welcome. This is an organization where you get what you put in, expect to work and party hard and learn loads about the world and yourself. 100% recommend AHV but be warned, once your part of the AHV family there wont be timezone or continent you wont know someone and the experience will live with you for a very long time. In fact loads of volunteers find themselves extending their time and the experience changing the direction of their lives.
by Topher H. (April 27, 2017)
After hearing about All Hands Volunteers, I decided to see what it was all about. Instantly I felt welcomed into the group of volunteers and staff. The work that this organization is doing to help communities affected by the devastating floods of 2016 is simply amazing. I am both moved and touched deeply by the care and concern for the flood affected victims that this organization has. I originally signed up to volunteer for 4 months but have since decided to add a 5th month of volunteer service. We are serious about what we do but we have a lot of fun helping to restore the lives of those who were and are still affected. I HIGHLY suggest looking into All Hands Volunteers and volunteering your time and talents!