Addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging volunteers, partner organizations, and local communities.
Through various disaster relief and response tasks, to include rebuilding after a major natural disaster, All Hands aims to demonstrate the power and value of volunteering through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities, and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers. It provides all volunteers with the ability to volunteer semi-regularly within an affected community.
All Hands worked in the NY region following Sandy, and had some great leadership while here, and were certainly committed to disaster relief. This group is a little more laid-back and young compared to many other disaster relief groups, which makes for a fun atmosphere. Project leaders didn't appear to be super experienced (I think on one project the lead was under 25), and I think some of the project leads got their construction/rebuild experience on the job. This may vary, though, based on the magnitude of the disaster, or how far out from the incident you volunteer with them (more experienced leads may have left by the time I worked with them - probably at least a year after Sandy hit).Accessibility of projects is difficult, since they are disaster focused, and I don't believe they have regional chapters like other organizations. So if you aren't near a disaster, and they aren't responding, you probably don't have an opportunity to volunteer with them.