Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday 25 August, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 130mph. Making a total of 3 landfalls, Harvey damaged / destroyed roughly 185,000 homes, impacting millions of people.
Our US Response team immediately jumped into action. We have multiple teams in Texas who are mucking and gutting homes, cutting down trees and clearing debris. As we transition from response to recovery, we will be installing insulation and drywall, carpentry, flooring, and painting. No construction experience is required; just an eagerness to work hard for a good cause.
Volunteers travel to job sites each morning at and return each evening to our base for a nightly meeting recapping the day. With around 50 volunteers on base at one time, over 30 nationalities have been represented since January.
Texas has a long road ahead, and All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response have committed for the long term to help survivors recover and rebuild.
- NO program fee, + receive free accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided). Roundtrip domestic US flights are also available to those volunteering for 2+ weeks in Texas (subject to availability)
- 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.)
- Engage in cultural immersion and community development.
- Meet volunteers from all over the world committed to service.
We make a long-term commitment and engage our trained volunteers to work with the community to rebuild disaster-resilient homes, schools, daycare facilities and community centers, the hubs of every community. By providing a free and open door for every volunteer around the globe, as well as cutting edge-training, we transform the good hearts and willing hands of our volunteers into a powerful team that can jump in and create an immediate impact in disaster-affected areas.