All Hands Volunteers

Rating: 4.89 stars   185 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Disaster Aid

Address:

6 County Road Suite 6 Mattapoisett MA 02739 USA

Mission:

All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. By supporting volunteers with housing, meals, tools, and organized work at no charge we are able to provide free and effective response services to communities in need. Our programs are directed by the needs of each community in which we work, ensuring a timely, relevant, and culturally sensitive response.

Results:

Over the past 10 years your donations have been incredibly effective. Here are a few of the impacts they've made: 57 projects in 10 years 20 international projects 37 United States based projects 31,000+ volunteers from 94 countries 1Million+ hours of service donated

Target demographics:

people affected by natural disasters and rebuild communities

Direct beneficiaries per year:

500+ families following a natural disaster in the USA or around the world.

Geographic areas served:

global

Programs:

mucking and gutting houses, debris removal, flood water removal, and basic rebuild processes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When the Philippines were hit by Yolanda, I knew I needed to go and help by joining an iNGO. I came across AHV and decided that, after reading the organization's history, this is the NGO I want to volunteer with. I went to Project Leyte twice, volunteered at project Nepal and project Detroit. AHV is now my chosen NGO - it is not just an NGO, it is a family of like-minded, hard working and fun loving people. It is the people that make this organization what it is - people with such an incredible amount of creativity, energy, enthusiasm, community spirit and love for what they are doing. But it is also the AHV leadership, from David Campbell to board members who are not afraid to get down and dirty on location to AHV program/project managers that communicates and encourages volunteers and staff to take charge of their own projects and fund raising efforts. All in all, it is an organization that provides volunteers with learning and career opportunities within and outside the organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I read about All Hands Volunteers and the work they do i was very impressed. I applied for 3 months and they were the most satisfying 3 months of my life so far. I met people from all around the world with different life experiences to share. I did work that i didn't even know i was capable of doing. Working on site was pretty amazing, it's really cool to be able to see the impact of all the hard work. I personally like the idea of using physical strength to build things that will help stabilize the lives of those in need, and in the end of the day you will get to see the progress. Another thing that i liked was that the organization is run by considerate people who understand that every individual has different strengths and abilities, and so they don't pressure any volunteer to be like another. I volunteered on Project Leyte in the Philippines and had a great time. Everyone was friendly, they taught me how to do things on site since i had no previous experience with this kind of work. The project seemed to be running smoothly and was very organised. When i got a chance to base manage i saw all the things that were happening in the background. How hard everyone was working to ensure maximum amount of work was being done while making sure that volunteers were taken care of. The staff worked very hard, sometimes till very late and their love for the project was so visible it was amazing. Another thing i liked was that they were very transparent about things like expenses and donations. The fundraisers were always innovative and fun! I loved the way the organization had a great relationship with the local community, this helps volunteers have a more cultural experience. I was also impressed with the living conditions and the fact that we had security, helped me feel a lot safer since i was 19 when i volunteered and it was my first time travelling alone.
All in all... I think AHV is a great organization. The work they do is amazing and the organization is full of wonderful people who will help make for a great experience. Volunteering helps one have a different perspective on life and helps a person grow.
I am hoping to volunteer with All Hands Volunteers again!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great mission with devoted workers and low overhead administrative costs. Many volunteers sign up for extension of service time and return for multiple projects. At times bare boned but tries to keep everyone in the loop as far as function and spending; ie totally transparent.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered for All Hands in the Phillipines, they are AMAZING!!! Xx

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

After the April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal, I got hit by this urge to go and help with relief and rebuild as a volunteer. I reviewed between 6 or 7 different organisations and finally decided to go with All Hands Volunteers. The financial transparency and professionalism of the organisation is remarkable, the staff are fun loving yet fully focused and the project work they do for affected communities surpassed my expectations. The living is community based and working conditions are tough - but the cheerful, hardworking, good hearted and happy people this organisation attracts - makes up for all the sweat and grime shed on the different work sites. I did just three weeks in Nepal and just couldn't wait to go back on another project and so went to Philippines for another two weeks in a span of 3 months. It wont be long before I return to volunteer on another project with AHV. They've kinda got me addicted.....ha ha.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with all hands for a month thinking it would be a one time thing. I was very wrong. I was blown away by the organization, the work they do, and the people I volunteered with. It's amazing what they do with so little, how they change communities far beyond just building shelter, and bringing together people who really care. I scrapped all of my summer plans and now am on my third project with all hands this year.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the opportunity to volunteer with AHV in Philippines for 10 days and I had an amazing time.
Their working model is a success in the Philippines , contributing with a huge impact to the community affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first volunteered with All Hands in 2013, and have returned multiple times in order to continue working alongside this incredible organization. Staff members are committed, volunteers are passionate, and All Hands helps those in need through interactive, community-based work. In just a few days I will be heading to my sixth project in the Philipinnes, and Nepal immediately after. I could not speak highly enough of my experiences with this organization and the people I have met through it. Volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels are accepted, and I encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of others to apply.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Being the overly cautious type, I watched All Hands from afar for about a year before I joined a project. I first volunteered with AHV in Nepal. I came for 5 weeks with the thought that if I hated it I could easily survive for that long. Well guess what, I loved it. Just 2 short months later I am now back in Nepal with AHV again. This time my husband joined me and we are staying 3 months. I have no doubt that we will join yet another AHV project in the future.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I only spent 2 weeks with this charity but even in that short amount of time I learnt so much and had the most incredible experience (I would have extended if I could have!). The staff at base were helpful, understanding and cared for each volunteer, making sure they got fully involved and learnt what they could, even if we were limited for time. The sense of community on base and off is amazing. You really do immerse yourself in the community. I spent most of my 2 weeks working, dancing, singing and chatting with the local carpenters and volunteers which shifting concrete and helping build foundations for a new dormitory for children (the site was called Streetlight). I enjoyed it so much I passed on my experience to 3 friends who are now there loving it as much as I did. It really is a cause that you feel close to and it feels like you are making a practical difference, using your skills and acquiring new ones as you work. I couldn't recommend it enough to new and old volunteers alike.

 
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