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.
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 155 mph ferocious 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 volunteers have been hard at work helping to rebuild these communities. To date, we have worked on mucking and gutting projects, debris removal, repairing of roofs in a safe and secure way, performing mold sanitation and critical repairs on windows and doors, as well as revitalizing a baseball field in Yabucoa. We have also been working with our Senior Technical Advisor to develop best practices in the field and have recently expanded our scope of work to include repairing corrugated galvanized iron roofs.
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.
Puerto Rico has a long road ahead, and our Volunteers have committed for the long term to help survivors recover and rebuild. We hope to welcome you in Puerto Rico soon!
Volunteering with All Hands and Hearts is completely free, and we provide accommodation and meals for each work day. Don't worry if you don't have any previous construction knowledge or skills, as our skilled site supervisors and trained team leaders will teach you everything you need to know when you get here!
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…
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