Location
  • United States of America
Length
1 week
Need-based funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Price Details
There is absolutely no cost to volunteer with us.
What's Included
Accommodation Equipment Some Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare
Mar 15, 2024
Apr 24, 2023
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About Program

Hurricanes hit quickly, but recovery is slow. Florida was hit on September 28, 2022, by Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm. Significant damage occurred in coastal towns and cities, while inland areas experienced life-threatening floods. Our staff and volunteers continue to respond to recovery needs in Fort Myers, Florida, following damage from Hurricane Ian. We are currently repairing homes so homeowners can feel safe and secure at their residences.

Join us in Florida now through September 27, 2024!

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Program Highlights

  • No program fee
  • Free accommodation
  • Three meals a day on volunteer days
  • No prior experience is required! Our teams will teach you everything you need to know on site!

Program Impact

Be the boots on the ground and have hands-on work supporting affected communities. You will be working directly with people who were impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Program Reviews

4.20 Rating
based on 5 reviews
  • 5 rating 80%
  • 4 rating 0%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 20%
  • Impact 4.4
  • Support 4.2
  • Fun 3.8
  • Value 4.6
  • Safety 4.2
Showing 1 - 5 of 5 reviews
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Abby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved the experience!

This is a special experience.
Difficult physical work, led by kind & helpful team leaders/ site supervisors who are always willing and wanting to teach you a new skill.
Followed with sharing a spectacularly cooked meal alongside volunteers and staff!

(Sleeping arrangements are very accommodating and comfortable. Shower trailers are surprisingly spacious and accommodating. They have little bikes you can borrow, for adventures or getting around.

Florida Sunset 10/10
Overall experience 15/10

Pros
  • Different work is always available for the volunteers physical capabilities
  • The connections you can make, are life long and beautiful.
  • Directly see, & feel the impact of each work day.
Cons
  • The heat and humidity can be very difficult
  • You will have to go back to normal life :/
51 people found this review helpful.
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Jordon
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Grateful

I have been to the Ft Myers program two different times for two weeks each. It was an amazing experience and I plan on joining All Hands for more programs as I'm able to. I am blown away by the work that the program and all the volunteers that I have met. I have met some amazing people who really care about other people and it's great to work as a team. This is more fulfilling than anything else that I have done in my life. The staff that I had the pleasure to meet really go above and beyond in everything I have seen them do.

Pros
  • Helping others
  • Make self feel better
  • New friends
48 people found this review helpful.
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Amy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Hard work, but lot's of fun!

I've been to many All Hands and Hearts program, and always walk away feeling a refreshed faith in humanity! It was lovely to meet some dedicated volunteers and staff who work hard day in day out to repair homes impacted by the devastating Hurricane Ian. There's a small team in Florida, which made it easy to get to know everyone and felt like family straight away. Not only does this team repair homes, it also builds community. I was there for one week, some were there for just a day or two, and others for months. There is such a nice mix of people from different backgrounds, but all there for the same purpose.

Pros
  • - Meet like minded people
  • - learn new skills
  • - work makes an impact
Cons
  • - I was only there for one week
45 people found this review helpful.
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Jill
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommend!

AHAH is a great organization to spend time with. There are lots of repeat volunteers, and all the staff I've met started as volunteers, which says a lot. Food and accommodations are safe and comfortable, all people of all ages are welcome! You can volunteer for just a few days, a few months. People keep coming back year after year. You'll learn so much, and have a real impact in communities around the world. After serving in Puerto Rico in 2019 and Florida in 2022, I cant say enough good things about All Hands and Hearts and will definitly be back for more. Just bring a good attitude!

Pros
  • Safety is very important to the team
  • Positive community
  • You get to hear homeowners stories and connect with locals
Cons
  • You don't know what to expect in terms of work!
53 people found this review helpful.
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A
1/5
No, I don't recommend this program

I don't recommend this program

I was not happy with this program despite making lots of friends who have similar goals as me. There was minimal training, mostly brief on-the-site instructions. Also, some of the PPE doesn't seem to work. For example, I kept feeling dust in my mask despite repeatedly tightening my mask [note, this issue has been brought up with the staff, who have responded to the complaint, thankfully]. Lastly, there is at least one person who made me feel uncomfortable due to his subtle sexist comments that were dropped on more than one occasion. I understand that the staff can't control everyone, but this behavior does not align with the org, which advertised itself as inclusive. Less micro-aggression within the environment would be great, thank you.

Pros
  • meeting like-minded, selfless people
  • impactful work and interaction with local people
  • friendly staff
Cons
  • Some people lack patience...which is not helpful for newcomers
  • Not as inclusive as advertised
  • Lack of consideration of volunteers' safety. No medic at the base...like whyyyy
58 people found this review helpful.
Response from All Hands and Hearts

Thank you for sharing this feedback. I'm pleased you had the opportunity to connect with like minded people and have a real impact during your time as a volunteer on our Hurricane Ian Relief program. We are very sorry to hear that your volunteer experience was impacted due to the issues you've raised.

The safety and wellbeing of volunteers is our top priority. Volunteers should receive a thorough explanation around how to complete tasks and have supervision from experienced Site Supervisors and Team Leaders throughout their time in the field. We will review the safety training schedule on this program to determine whether this was an isolated incident to ensure our high standards continue to be met.

If you have any additional feedback around where you think more training and guidance is needed or where improvements can be made, we welcome you to reach out to Rich Evans, our Director of Health, Safety & Security at rich.e@allhandsandhearts.org.

As you've noted, we pride ourselves on creating a safe and inclusive environment on all of our disaster relief programs. Under no circumstance should any volunteer, staff or community member experience harassment or discrimination of any kind. If you are comfortable and would like to discuss these incidents further and in confidence, we encourage you to contact our Director of People and Development, Claudia Thomas at claudia.t@allhandsandhearts.org.

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