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All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response | Vidor, TX
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All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response


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Published 1 month ago

Recurring
October 11, 2019
November 27, 2019
Weekdays
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)

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.


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Disaster ProfileTropical Storm Imelda caused devastating flooding across Southeast Texas dropping near-records amount of rainfall in areas still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Preliminary numbers, courtesy of the National Weather Service, indicate it was the fifth wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history - excluding Hawaii and Alaska. The precipitation high was a staggering 43.15 inches.

Imelda flooding rivaled Harvey in some areas; it was even made worse because the majority of the rainfall happened within hours, rather than days. A state of emergency was declared for a dozen counties due to the flooding. The highest rainfall totals were within Jefferson, Chambers and Orange Counties. Overall, officials estimate several thousand homes are affected.

Our Work

Our Response Team has determined the initial scope of work will include: debris removal, mucking/gutting of homes, and mold sanitation. Our team currently has boots on the ground and are completing response work in the town of Vidor (Orange County); this location is strategically placed within an hour of both Jefferson County and Chambers County.

As the storm brought about very little media attention, there has been little support in the affected communities. We have launched a response program and at this time, have an urgent need for volunteers.



We accept spontaneous volunteers from any background, providing on-the-job training free of charge.



FAQ's:

Does it cost money?

Volunteering with All Hands and Hearts is completely free of charge, and we provide accommodation and meals. Keep in mind that you will be responsible for the cost of your travel both to and from the program, meals on your day(s) off, and any costs associated with taking a 3 day break each month away from program.


What are the accommodations like?

Accommodations vary by program and the communities we are working within. They are often community centre spaces, churches, or schools, and it’s communal living at its finest! Accommodation is always mixed gender housing, and there are always opportunities for functioning bathrooms and showers. Due to the communal living environment and limited residential space, we advise packing light. As soon as you apply and are confirmed, you will be emailed live information packets full of the most updated information of what to pack, what to expect, and how to get to the base you’ll be volunteering at.


What can I expect on a typical workday?

Each day depends on the scope of work that the home or school you are placed on requires. Typical tasks include mucking and gutting, mold sanitation, insulation and drywall insulation, carpentry, and painting. Don’t worry if you have never done this before - we will teach you everything you need to know when you get here! Each work day is from about 8 AM-4 PM, however these hours change depending on the needs of the program you volunteer for. After you return home from the worksite, you will have a chance to unwind, relax, and reflect on your day as a part of our nightly team meetings. Check out our day in the life video to get a feel for volunteering life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezh3h3W0Aw


How do I sign up?

Apply here: http://bit.ly/idealistimelda

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Volunteer Coordination Team at: VOLUNTEER@ALLHANDSANDHEARTS.ORG

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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Groups Welcome
  • Families Welcome
  • International Volunteers Welcome

How to Apply

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Volunteer Coordination Team at: VOLUNTEER@ALLHANDSANDHEARTS.ORG

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Volunteer Coordination Team at: VOLUNTEER@ALLHANDSANDHEARTS.ORG

Location

North Main Street, Vidor, TX 77662

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