“'It takes a lot of heart and a lot of hands,' Sailema said. 'We have a lot of heart here.'” - Volunteer Johana (bottom left). Many Bay County homeowners are still trying to recover from Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Florida Panhandle last November. Day in and day out our team on the ground works hard to help, but we need you! Your 🤲 and your 💜 , they'll go a long way and they'll help keep the work going. Let's do this together. Sign up to volunteer today (link in bio). "Nonprofit All Hands and Hearts helping rebuild Bay homes" @thenewsherald: Link in our story.
Check out what’s going on around All Hands and Hearts this week! Join the action! (Link in bio) Photo 1 - All the puppy love in #Mitla #Mexico Photo 2 - Squidder’s squad going strong in #NewBern #NorthCarolina 📸: Annita Douglas Photo 3 - Fondly recalling winning the Trivia Quizia Extravaganzia in #CoastalBend #Texas Photo 4 - Concrete pour in #Houston #Texas Photo 5 - Work continues in #PanamaCity #Florida
"I'm not sure there are proper words for this feeling. Showing a new Mom her new kitchen in her once-destroyed house. Because of the work we did, she will now be able to raise her daughter in this sweet house and cook her meals in this beautiful kitchen. " - Site Supervisor Heather Curtis Our homeowners become family and we're thankful to be able to serve for a part of their recovery journey. Mrs. Alicia Ponds' home is a house that we worked on alongside other community organizations and the PCDRG will complete the work. Their home was severely damaged by Hurricane Florence. Double tap to send love and encouragement to Mrs. Ponds and our team in North Carolina 💜 Photo: @gottasing
"Such a caring and fabulous group of volunteers. The property has been cleaned to a manageable point for us and the mold sanitation has been completed. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to read about this wonderful organization and all the boots on the ground, stay till the job is done, work that they do. They work from a volunteer pool and they are non-profit." - Colleen Ruckman, Florida homeowner affected by Hurricane Michael To find out how you can get involved and make a difference for those affected by disaster, visit the link in our bio!
"I think what people need is just a little bit of courage to sign up and leave everything behind to go and help. I’m not saying that it is easy, but I think people have to come and experience this in order to really know what it means to volunteer. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. When I leave, I will bring back a lot of memories, skills… But mainly I will leave as a better person sure of only one thing: this one was the first but surely not the last!" - Matt from France, Oaxaca, MX volunteer. Our work continues all around the world, take the leap and sign up to volunteer today! (link in bio) 📸 : @itsmikedemas
We love our AHAH Staff! This week we're featuring Project Coordinator Tim Arnold from our North Carolina program. A few weeks ago, he led a mud and tape demonstration for our volunteers on base. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Tim! In addition to North Carolina, Tim was also a part of our Houston team, amongst others. Have you worked with Tim? Let’s show him some AHAH love in the comments below 👇🏽💜 Photos by: Kristina Winner and Heather Curtis
ATTN: We're Hiring! We have multiple positions open for both our domestic and international programs, and we're looking for committed people to join our team. Stop by our website (link in bio) and browse the available positions to find the right fit for you, or submit your resume through our open resume submission. Come join our AHAH family 💜
We need you! We're looking for volunteers to join our team down in Florida to help families and communities affected by Hurricane Michael. We've been on the ground since November 2018 and have done a lot of muck and guts, tree removal, debris removal and mold sanitation. We're thrilled to announce that recently we completed our first rebuild site in Panama City for homeowner Ida Orum! Swipe to see a few photos of her kitchen💜 Are you ready to make a difference? Apply to volunteer today! (link in bio)
#SeenOnSocialSunday - "This is Gus, the owner of the Bayboro House Hotel and the beneficiary of our most recent community project. Community projects are sites outside our normal scope of work (clearing molded homes and rebuilding) but have been identified as something important we can do for the community. Gus’ home is the only hotel in Bayboro and is one of the most prominent buildings in the community. It had been weathered over the years from frequent storms and hurricanes. By landscaping and painting this historic building we are not only helping Gus get his business in tip-top shape, we are restoring a face of Bayboro and preserving a piece of its history. It was a wonderful experience getting to know and work with Gus these past few days while helping the community that has so graciously accepted us as family over this past year. As Gus said after this photo was taken: 'Onward and upward, or something like that'" - @blake_farris Have you worked on a community project? Comment below 👇🏽
Disaster resilience is vital to helping communities rebuild and prepare for the next storm. In Puerto Rico, our teams worked at the Center for Community Transformation where they did concrete repairs and installed 19 Hurricane Resilient windows. Being better prepared for the inclement weather of hurricane season will help ensure less damage in the future and a more speedy recovery. You can be a part of this, donate today to help rebuild and better prepare our community in Yabucoa (link in bio).
“The key to life is finding your life’s purpose, gifts and talents, and then utilizing them to your benefit and the community, help other people. Life is empty unless you’re reaching out and give people a helping hand, I believe... that’s when the true joy of life shines through…” - Doug Taylor We asked six volunteers from St. Thomas and St. John, USVI about their journeys on the island and their experience volunteering with us. You may be able to relate to their thoughts as many volunteers have a transformational experience through the awareness they gain, new experiences they embrace, challenges they overcome and lifelong friendships they build. Check out the link in our bio to read more reflections just like Doug's and let us know in the comments which one resonated with you! Photo: @_SC_designs
"We had a group come to clear out some trees after the tornado. They did an excellent job. I really appreciate what they did to help. It was a blessing. Thank you." - Homeowner Diane Probert Are you ready to join in on the work? Grab your work boots, pack your bag and apply today (link in bio)!
"Now that I have been back from Texas for 2 months, I have had plenty of time to reflect on my month with All Hands and Hearts and I can honestly say that I have never been somewhere that felt like a home the way this place did, I miss it greatly and I miss these incredible people every day" - Naida MacIntyre Are you ready to be a part of the family? Tag a friend you want to volunteer with!
Paul, a Software Engineer from Bellevue spent his sabbatical helping to rebuild hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. @eBay shared his story as a part of their #EverydayHeroes campaign. Have you volunteered with us during your sabbatical? Leave a comment below, and tell us about your experience. (Check out our story to read more about Paul's trip.)
Check out what's going on around All Hands and Hearts this week! Join in on the action via the link in our bio 💜 Photo 1: St. John Volunteer Bruce keeps the spirits high while painting photo: @_SC_Designs Photo 2: What an incredible crew we have here in Oklahoma! Photo: Phuong Le Photo 3: Drywall Installation! (Houston, TX) Photo 4: Volunteer Alan sealing a massive roof in Limones, Yabucoa Puerto Rico. Photo: @801create Photo 5: Volunteer Alex and Project Coordinator Holly working hard on a site in Florida. Photo 6: We love our homeowners! Here you’ll see Coastal Bend Project Coordinator James Bradley with homeowner Irene Castillo. Photo 7:Beautiful sunsets in New Bern, North Carolina. Photo: Derek Dietz
"Last spring, @Backpackermag readers went to Nepal on a unique mission: work on a school-building project, then go on a life-list trek. Turns out, hiking and helping go perfectly together." Are you planning some travel this year? Why not make a stop and volunteer on one of our programs around the world? Families and communities are in need of help recovering from disasters, be a part of it! Check out our volunteer application today (link in bio). To read more of the Backpacker article check the link in our story!
Another summer with @SUNY and @CUNY volunteers on program! In Yabucoa, Puerto Rico we had groups from @sunyesfimage and @cunyworks @cunyservicecorps working to assist homeowners still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Did you volunteer with us on a program in Puerto Rico? Comment below with one of your most memorable moments. 📸 @801create
Feeling Poetic? Check out the poem below from Response Project Coordinator Holly on the Florida Hurricane Michael Response Program. Hurricane Michael Poem Repairing hope through labor Restoring joy Reminding each other What it means to help Our neighbors Taking out moldy, damaged belongings and parts of homes And refilling the spaces with compassion and support Through a process that helps reduce feelings of being alone Bringing a hug and listening ears Bringing extra sets of hands and cheer Bringing tools and completing thorough jobs Without homeowners feeling robbed Which happens too often post-disasters People feeling helpless, so taken advantage by certain Contractors Lending physical, emotional, and mental support By simply being who and what we are as a cohort But without asking we receive so much in return Not a monetary value can be put on it, I‘ve learned Connection and inspiration from resilient people Strength and courage from our team Motivation to do better, to be better To learn what LOVE means Our scopes are defined But the impact made can never be put into words or limits Because each small thing turns into so much more than just a moment or minute The small becomes large The dark becomes lighter Learning, working, connecting, making things just a little bit brighter Our team is still working to help this incredible community rebuild. Join us, click the link in our bio.💜✈
“...It feels good to become familiar with something that is super unfamiliar. You learn you can actually be in a place like this, and do this kind of work. You never actually think you can until you do it, and it feels amazing.” - Logan Logan, a returning volunteer, joined us on program in St. John, USVI after graduating from university. Are you ready to pick up some new skills this summer? Apply to volunteer with us! (Link in bio) Photo: @_SC_designs
We love our staff and this week we'd like to welcome our newest Program Director for the Houston, Texas Hurricane Harvey Recovery Program, LB! LB started out as a volunteer with All Hands and Hearts in December of 2017, and went on to become a staff member on our Puerto Rico program for over a year before returning to Texas as Operations Manager in Coastal Bend and now as Program Director in Houston! We're excited about this next step and career development opportunity for you, and for what you'll bring to our community! Show LB some love in the comments below!👏🏽💜👇🏽 Photo: @emilydeseattle
The LDS Church donated materials to our program in Yabucoa, PR. It's because of the generosity of others that we're able to continue helping those affected by disasters. Thank you LDS Church!💜 Are you ready to take the next step and join us? You can donate or volunteer with us by visiting our website for more information (link in bio)!👆🏽 Photo: @801create
"It’s our human reaction to help one another and, through this help, communities can begin their road to recovery." For four years we've worked in Nepal alongside community members who were affected by the 2015 Earthquake measured at a 7.8 magnitude. Over the years hundreds of volunteers, community members and staff reconstructed disaster resilient schools and WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) stations throughout the area. To read more about the power of community and volunteers visit, http://bit.ly/CommunityAndVolunteers This fall our work continues. You can join us, apply to volunteer via the link in our bio. Photo: @JasChapagain
Having been part of the Dominica Craft Association for years, Stout, a local craftsman, crafted doors and windows by hand for the Morne Prosper Primary and Pre-school buildings following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. In total, there were 44 pairs of windows and 11 doors. Stout says " It’s good to feel like I can provide a service to this team and help them by creating the doors and windows by hand. I didn’t plan this but I’m happy to be here. I love what I do." Do you have a skill that can help others rebuild after a disaster? If not, are you willing to learn? We need volunteers! To find out how you can apply, click the link in our bio. Photo: @rosebartlett_
Check out what's going on around All Hands and Hearts this week! Join the action at via the link in our bio! Photo 1: Portuguese Volunteer Beatriz learns how to patch a rebuilt wall in St. John @_SC_Designs Photo 2: We love our crew! Critical repairs continue in North Carolina. Photo: Heather Curtis Photo 3: After a long work day, we sure can appreciate a beautiful sunset in Coastal Bend, Texas. Photo: Joseph Foster Photo 4: Ian checks the props throughout the building as the team prepares to build the roof of our new preschool. @itsmikedemas Photo 5: Partner volunteers from the Johnson and Johnson groups working with two teams on adjacent houses prepping roofs of the homes for the final layer of sealant. @801create
Our generous partner @KEENUtility is offering a 40% discount on work boots for volunteers getting ready to join us on program! Check your information packet or the alumni network for details (link in bio). To qualify, you need to have volunteered or have a confirmed spot on one of our programs and a shipping address in the U.S. or Canada. Subject to availability; offer valid until December 31, 2019.
Base managers play a huge role in our experience as volunteers and staff on program. Meet one who was affectionately called the Coastal Bend “Base Dad" on many occasions, Gary! Gary volunteered and returned to multiple projects since the devastation of last year’s hurricane season. He mucked, gutted and rebuilt homes, organized and tremendously improved base life and culture, and simply showered volunteers and staff with love, wisdom and a sense of belonging. This Father’s Day we honor you Gary and every other base dad who’s been a part of our programs! Thank you for taking the time to love on and impart wisdom to our teams. Because of your support we’re able to continue helping those affected by natural disasters! To find out how you can be a part of this, click the link in our bio. Consider donating in honor of your father or father figures today.
Last month, nine employees from @jnjglobalhealth joined us on program in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. Their group leader Dustin shared a bit about their experience: “The AHAH trip was a success and all of the volunteers came back feeling like they made a big impact. It was very powerful to see a homeowner get back into a clean and dry house.” Are you ready to get your group involved? (link in bio!)
Have you volunteered in Oaxaca? If so, maybe you worked with local mason father and son duo, Carlos and Josue. Together, their family, along with many others were affected by the 2017 8.2 magnitude earthquake which struck their state. After the disaster, the schools were no longer safe and classes were suspended for two months. As the community began the long journey of recovery we joined their efforts and committed to rebuilding schools in the area. We're currently working on the Celso Munoz school where Josue's son will attend once the rebuild is complete! Three generations have been affected by the rebuild of this school; this Father's Day join the cause. Donate today! (link in bio). To read more of their story visit http://bit.ly/LikeFatherLikeSonMX Photo: @itsmikedemas
On our #HurricaneHarvey Recovery Program in Texas, we've partnered with @SERhouston to help restore hope, empower and provide job opportunities and training to those in need. We've helped local residents gain construction, leadership and other skills. Meet Stacey, a volunteer who, when not in the field rebuilding homes, helps maintain our base and enjoys preparing meals for the team. Stacey says she feels like she can be herself and doesn't have to hide anything - she feels at home with us and enjoys the work and community we have here. We're happy to have you as a part of our team Stacey, and to be working with SERJobs! To find out how you can make a difference like Stacey follow the link in our bio.
JOB OPENING: We are looking for talented photographers and videographers to join us as Marketing Content Creators! This is a chance to make a real difference by sharing stories of resilience and impact. Click the link in our bio to learn more or tag a friend below! (Photo: @ab__perspective)
During this year's JJ Watt Charity Classic, our team members were honored to join fellow organizations supported by the JJ Watt Foundation to hold the US flag during the opening ceremonies. The support of JJ Watt has allowed us to continue assisting homeowners in Texas who were affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Recovering from a disaster is a long and strenuous road; to find out how you can help and join our work click the link in our bio.
Check out what's going on around All Hands and Hearts this week! Join the action via the link in our bio! Photo 1: St. John Volunteer Orie levels a concrete floor so it can be rebuilt better @_SC_Designs Photo 2: Tyvek suits for the win! Sanitization crew in North Carolina. Photo by: Henrietta Hobbhahn Photo 3: Ever since we joined program, the local community took an interest in learning different recipes and cooking techniques. Amanda leads a cooking workshop for some of the local parents. @itsmikedemas Photo 4: Rebuild continues in Coastal Bend, TX. Photo by: Joseph Foster
Our partner @teamdepot committed $250,000 in Response to Tornados and Flooding in the midwest and surrounding states. Thank you for your vital support during this time of disaster response. Apply to volunteer with our Oklahoma Response team today! (link in bio)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Join our Oklahoma Flood Response Program starting Monday, June 10th. With rainfall 200% above average between May 1-27, according to the Arkansas River Red Basin Forecast Center, the area has been devastated by historic flash flooding. Our team is on the ground in Sand Springs and has already begun mucking and gutting homes. Pack your bags, grab your work boots and volunteer. (link in bio)
With Father’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to remind you all of smile.amazon.com. When you select All Hands and Hearts .5% of your order will help families, communities and vulnerable individuals recovering from natural disasters. Choose a gift that keeps on giving! (Link in bio) Photo: @izzywant
The Mayor of Salina Cruz paid our program in Oaxaca, MX a visit. During his time, the staff conducted a tour on site for his team to see the work we’re doing. While on this trip, the mayor signed official papers that allow us to begin work on the pre-school Jardin de Ninos! To find out how you can be involved, click the link in our bio Photo: @michaeldemas77
"When I‘m asked why I continue to volunteer with All Hands and Hearts the answer is always the same; it’s the other volunteers that bring me back. I’ve never felt so accepted as I do on project, regardless of the fact that I’m two to three times the ages of most of the volunteers. In fact, I’ve often felt sought out, either to share skills and tips on the worksite or to offer insights into life in general. We all have something to offer and it’s on project that I feel most able to share. Hopefully I’ll keep finding myself on new projects for years to come." - Volunteer David Bollin What are you waiting for? Apply to volunteer today via the link in our bio 👆🏽💜 Photo: @roseannahbee
Check out what's going on around All Hands and Hearts this week! Join the action via the link in our bio! Photo 1: @cs_citizenship teams up with All Hands and Hearts volunteers to bring the people of Puerto Rico homes that are safe and sustainable. Photo: @801create Photo 2: Critical repairs continue in New Bern, NC. Photo: Jack Breen Photo 3: Together, volunteers and masons are working hard to build the roofs of the school in Oaxaca. Photo 4: German volunteer Milena puts her new Durock cutting skills to use rebuilding a home in St. John. Photo: @_SC_Designs Photo 5: Volunteers in Florida work together to take down moldy ceiling. Photo 6: The team talks with Ramiro about the best plan to install a drain in Houston, TX.
We have exciting news! Our wonderful partners @tumitravel have kindly offered to gift 70 Survival Duffel Bags in recognition of the difference our volunteers make for communities around the world. How do you get your hands on one? It’s super easy - complete the form posted in the alumni network by midnight ET May 31, 2019 (subject to availability; first-come-first-serve basis). This offer is only open to our alumni who have worked 90+ days with us in 2018. Join our alumni network for more info and other exclusive offers (link in bio).
Have you heard about our partner @Airbnb's Open Homes program? U.S. based hosts will now be able to donate a portion of their Airbnb earnings to nonprofit organizations like us! Read more and set up your donations if you are a host via the link in our bio. Photo: @_SC_designs
"The Houston community is also still working to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. To provide some relief, 18 @chghealthcare volunteers spent the week in Houston working with All Hands and Hearts, an organization that supports the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. The group helped to rebuild four homes in a neighborhood that experienced floods reaching more than six feet in height." Ready to get involved? Photo courtesy of CHG Healthcare.
We'd like you to meet Heidi - the proud homeowner of our 300th roof repair in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico! With more work on the horizon, we want to thank everyone that has been a part of our program here. Because of volunteers, staff and donors, we're able to continue repairing and rebuilding roofs to the residents of Yabucoa. Se levanta Puerto Rico!
Gigi first volunteered with All Hands Volunteers for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013). Five years later, while visiting her sister in Greensboro, NC, Gigi heard that All Hands and Hearts was working in New Bern. She set aside plans with her family and volunteered because she wants to pay it forward; serve others because of those who served her people. “I don’t have much, but I have enough and I want to share that.” She builds the future through being an advocate, paying it forward from those who advocated for her. To find out how you can pay it forward visit the link in our bio! 👆🏽🥾🛠💜 Photo: @itaintastilllife
Ready to help make an impact in communities affected by natural disasters? You're in luck! We are offering FREE domestic flight vouchers to Texas and North Carolina for volunteers who dedicate 2+ weeks! Sign-up soon, as there are a limited amount of vouchers! (Link in Bio!) Photo: @ab__perspective
A remote web content creator and volunteer from Costa Rica, Ang quit her traditional 9-5 to travel the world and make a difference. She recently volunteered with us in Mexico helping to rebuild a school devasted by the September 2017 earthquakes. Are you ready to get involved? Visit our website to find out how you can join in on the work (link in bio)! Photo: @itsmikedemas
Check out what's going on around All Hands and Hearts this week! Join the action via the link in our bio! Photo 1: Volunteers Irish Dave and Milena work together to measure Durock on a rebuild site in St. John USVI. @_SC_Designs Photo 2: In Panama City, Florida, our volunteer Parker goes to work removing moldy cabinets from a kitchen destroyed in Hurricane Michael. @izzywant Photo 3: @CitySquare Members Kendra and Mary in Houston, TX! @nadiaburns Photo 4: Volunteers working on the Melton’s home in Coastal Bend, TX. @holecekyoself
Have any road-tripping plans this summer? Then you should follow the examples of volunteers LB and Emily by taking a detour to one of our programs! We are an ideal stop along any route, with ample parking for your adventure rig. Click the link in our bio to find out more! (📷: @izzywang)
Morgane from France volunteered with us for two and a half months in St. John, USVI. She came to help rebuild the island in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, explore the culture and expand her English. Though she admits it was scary to take the leap and come volunteer across the world, she encourages others to overcome their fears and commit to helping others recovery from disaster. For more information and to find out how you can be a part of someone's journey to recovery visit the link in our bio 👆🏽🌍✈️🌎💜 Photo: @_SC_designs
Today we want to honor the incredible mothers and mother figures who we’ve worked alongside. Sheridan joined her son Alex in Nepal this year to work on a school that was damaged four years ago by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. While on program she was not only mom to Alex, but mom to the AHAH community and our local masons. Sheridan, thank you for caring and loving those around you! This Mother’s Day you can honor someone special by sending love, strength and the gift of a brighter future to those recovering from disaster, donate via the link in our bio.
Check out what's happening around All Hands and Hearts this week! Join the action via the link in our bio! Photo 1: St John USVI Volunteer Hayley cuts wood at a rebuild site to create new walls. @_SC_Designs Photo 2: @CitySquare Member Mary chats with one of our previous Homeowners Martha Estrada at our Crawfish Boil here in Houston, TX. @nadiaburns Photo 3: Volunteers Mary Ann and Ann working hard to pull down studs and remove moldy insulation in North Carolina. @izzywant Photo 4: Volunteer Kevin at the Graber’s home in Coastal Bend (TX). @holecekyoself Photo 5: Volunteers in Florida work on debris removal in a home destroyed from Hurricane Michael. @izzywant