Help Rebuild Homes and Schools in the US Virgin Islands!

Published

11/02/2018

Start Date

11/02/2018

End Date

04/30/2019

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response
6 County Road, Suite 6,
Mattapoisett
MA
01741
United States

Description

On September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma slammed into the US Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm, with record wind speed of 200 mph. The islands suffered severe wind and flood damage, reducing many areas to rubble. In light of the almost total devastation, All Hands and Hearts sent a Rapid Response Team to the islands. Less than two weeks later, the team was evacuated due to Hurricane Maria, which struck the islands on September 20 as a Category 4 storm.


We responded to the outcry for help with debris removal, mucking and gutting, mold sanitization, and minor repairs on homes and schools throughout the community. As we continue our response work (mucking, gutting and sanitizing), we have also begun repairs on child care facilities. Volunteers are currently working on a home that the owner had built himself before it was devastated by the storm. He now works with our team to build back the home he knew. With ceilings/walls being installed, this home is almost complete. The Sunbeam Preschool in St. Thomas is now completely rebuilt and volunteers are constructing shelving units for the students to use. At Sunshine Bear Preschool, students continued to attend class under a damaged, leaky roof. During a recent school holiday, volunteers launched a 10-day blitz to repair the roof while the students were away, making back-to-school a little brighter!


We have made a long-term commitment to help the US Virgin Islands recover and our work is just beginning. Join us today! Volunteering with All Hands and Hearts is completely free, and we provide housing and meals. Plus, if you can join us for two weeks or more, we can help provide a round-trip flight voucher from within the United States to aid with the costs of traveling. No construction experience is required - just an eagerness to work hard for a good cause!

Benefits

  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available

Benefits

  • Groups
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

volunteer@hands.org
https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/programs/us-virgin-islands-hurricane-relief/

Joining us is simple. All you need to do is fill out the application online, and a member of our team will be in contact with you within two weeks regarding your dates of availability!



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