All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. By supporting volunteers with housing, meals, tool... Read more
All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. By supporting volunteers with housing, meals, tools, and organized work at no charge we are able to provide free and effective response services to communities in need. Our programs are directed by the needs of each community in which we work, ensuring a timely, relevant, and culturally sensitive response.
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.
After hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the US in 2005, David joined with several other HandsOn volunteers to establish HandsOnUSA. One week after Katrina, the team had an operations center in Biloxi, MS, 50 volunteers committed and en route, and dozens of community re-development projects launched. In total, more than 1,500 volunteers helped HandsOnUSA serve the survivors of Katrina during the 5-month deployment.
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.
I spent 5 weeks in Nepal as a volunteer with All Hands Volunteers, it was a life changing experience. This is a place where you can show up, with no applicable skills but still make a large impact. You can work hard, get dirty and meet some incredible humans along the way. You live in a community and truly get to see what the local people have been through. It is rare to find a group of like minded individuals with such diverse backgrounds working towards the same mission. The first few days can be challenging to adjust, but once you give yourself the time and get to know the community and other volunteers it is truly the best experience you could ask for.
I have now volunteered for over 6 months with All Hands in Nepal and Louisiana. I cannot recommend this organisation enough. I fully believe the work we do allows you to realise the potential each individual has to do a huge amount of good in this world. By being surrounded by such an incredibly selfless and good hearted group of individuals you allow yourself to be positively influenced in every aspect of your life, learning lessons that will begin to define you, and stay with you forever. I am grateful for everything volunteering with this organisation has given me and the most rewarding end to your work day is the progression you see in the site your on, and the daily benefits you see in the improved lifestyle of the beneficiaries and communities your working within.
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.
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.
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!