In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Irma landed in Puerto Rico with the strongest winds the island has ever seen. Not long after, Hurricane Maria’s ferocious 155 mph winds struck the island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Hurricane Maria first made landfall over the municipality of Yabucoa, affecting the 37,000 residents who call it home. This area bore the strongest brunt of the storm, where hundreds of homes are still in need of basic roof repairs today.
Our team in Yabucoa is working on mucking and gutting projects, debris removal, repairing of roofs, performing mold sanitation, and critical repairs on windows and doors. We are also focusing on community spaces in need of clean up/repair.
To make it easier for volunteers to join us, we provide free accommodation and meals. No construction experience is required - just an eagerness to work hard for a good cause.
We hope to welcome you in Puerto Rico soon!
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- NO program fee, + receive free accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided).
- Have the opportunity to aid a community post-disaster.
- Undergo on-site construction training (with tools and equipment provided. No previous construction experience is required to volunteer with us.)
- Broaden your global insight and gain valuable hands-on experience while volunteering in Puerto Rico.
- Meet volunteers from all over the world committed to service.
All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response effectively and efficiently 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 community and volunteer 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.
After publically committing to continue working in Puerto Rico until September 2019, our relief efforts in Yabucoa are still going strong. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, who gave 66,712 combined volunteer hours to help rebuild Puerto Rico, we have wrapped up our efforts in Bananaquits and Toa Baja.
Volunteer Applications are now open!
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