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Mission Statement

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.




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Average Review 5 reviews

Would you recommend All Hands Volunteers?

by Dottie G. (2017-04-27 07:05:54.0)
All Hands Volunteers is family and became so within a week of my first time on project. I came to Program Louisiana in November and haven't left! From the homeowners we help in the Denham Springs and Baton Rouge communities to the volunteers and staff both on project and from headquarters, it is easy to fall in love with this type of work and lifestyle. I came here not knowing the first thing about how to use a drill or how to sanitize mold spores, but the team leaders and site supervisors were patient and informative. What better way to travel than to help communities in need, learn new skills, meet new friends that become family and challenge yourself in ways you may never imagine! Volunteer for a day, a week or a lifetime, I promise you will not regret it!
by Helen L. from GB (2017-04-27 05:48:16.0)
My time with All Hands changed me completely. They are amazing - I can't recommend them enough. Go prepared to work hard and play hard and you'll love it. I volunteered in Nepal and to know and have seen the impact that 3 weeks volunteering had on the local communities was priceless. All Hands work well with the local community respecting them fully in all the decisions that they make and giving those communities back their self respect. I went on my own and made friends on the bus journey to base never mind once I'd got there! Just stop thinking about it and volunteer with them - At worst you won't regret it and at best your life will change.
by Lauren M. (Administrator for this Organization) (2017-04-27 01:48:36.0)
All Hands Volunteers is the best organisation I have ever volunteered with. The work they complete in disaster affected communities is desperately needed. They integrate seamlessly with local communities and actively involve them in the recovery efforts. I was impressed and heartened to see the professionalism of this organisation and I know I will be back soon! Keep doing what your doing!
by Isabelle S. from GB (2017-04-27 01:38:14.0)
I have volunteered with All Hands Volunteers in both the Philippines and Nepal over the last 3 years. To say these experiences changed my life would be an understatement. I feel incredibly privileged to have been lucky enough to be part of such an impactful organisation that carries out essential work in communities after natural disasters. The integrity of their approach underlines their commitment to helping those most in need, and building back better for the future. The work is meaningful and restorative. I cannot recommend this organisation enough, and the fact that it is 100% free to volunteer ensures that these opportunities are offered and available for all - creating a fantastically diverse base environment! See you again soon!!!
by Michaela B. (2014-04-16 01:24:41.0)
I volunteered with All Hands for 4 weeks in the Philippines helping to rebuild disaster affected communities. I found my time with them incredibly inspiring. They have some amazing project coordinators who managed foreign volunteers and local workers to great effect, creating an atmosphere of global cooperation. The best thing about AHV is that it is completely free to volunteer, that way you get back exactly what you put in i.e. your energy and enthusiasm returned ten fold by the rewards of helping such a tight knit group. I can't recommend AHV highly enough.
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