All Hands Volunteers

Rating: 4.91 stars   187 reviews

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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508-758-8211
www.hands.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched this charity from afar as one of my sons, Dom Bryant volunteered in the Philippines (Project Leyte) in Nov14. His 3 months stint turned into nearly 12. He is full of praise for the organisation and what they achieve, and it has changed his life. I have no doubt he will want to rejoin AHV after a few months away.
I visited the project in the Philippines in August 2015 for a few days and was made very welcome at the various sites where work was going on... I even gave a limited hand on one day shifting buckets of sand, gravel, etc on a new build.
What strikes me about this organisation is its ability to take in enthusiastic volunteers from all parts of the world, in the main with no disaster recovery or building skills, and linked in with local paid workers, create teams that improve the lives of the communities impacted by natural disasters. Apart from volunteers gaining a range of skills from carpentry to teamwork in exchange for their labour, the communities gain what they want (as they are asked), e.g. housing, school buildings, play areas, etc. AHV also works with other NGO's , often through supplying the labour force to turn others funding into the infrastructure required. At its simplest level AHV will clear rubble and mud, plus demolish unsafe buildings if that is what is initially required. They remain flexible in their approach to what needs to be done and take on suggestions from their own volunteers.
This is an organisation that works with people at all levels, and from what I have seen, delivers. The fact that so many volunteers return for further periods with the organisation is a good indicator of its effectiveness, as is the welcome they receive from the communities they are assisting.
Nothing is perfect in this world however, here is an organisation that has good people doing good work.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After researching the charity and looking at their financials I met their CEO and he was extremely motivated and knowledgeable. A real-world ex-CEO who decided to commit his time on helping others. Where there is will and experience the results cannot help but follow!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

money wasted. didn't even tell me how it was being spent.

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We first became aware of All Hands when we wanted to help during the Katrina Hurricane clean up but didn’t know where to look. In searching the web for a group to work with, they were the only volunteer organization that stuck out to us as being "Hands On" more than any others that were in the Gulf. We spent several weeks helping with the clean up and saw firsthand how the organization operated. We have never seen a group so organized. They work with the community to access the most important needs. They find the most economical way to stretch the dollar and at the same time maximizing the amount of help needed in a disaster, then deliver. When we returned home from that trip and were overwhelmingly convinced that All Hands Volunteers would be our main donation every year. That holds true by a large margin still today and will continue. We spent a month in Indonesia after the earthquake damaged areas of Sumatra. Again, we saw the importance All Hands was to a community that was hesitant to receive help from the outside. Our leaders worked with the community elders and officials and were able to show by doing, how committed we were to helping them with no hidden agenda - just wanting to help people. Again, we gave money when we returned because we knew where that money went. It does not go to fine dining, nice rental cars, hotels for the workers, expensive tools...it all goes to the basic essentials of getting the job done. The volunteers that they bring in year after year are the hardest group of people i have ever met by far. We are involved in various organizations but non compare to All Hands Volunteers. Their dedication to making this world better for everyone, no matter the color or religion, is what give us all hope. We will continue to volunteer our labor when needed and if we can't we automatically send them money. We trust completely that they will use the money wisely and make the most of it and at the same time, making someone else's life better.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By volunteering in Biloxi and Sumatra.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. They are exactly what this world needs right now. They are efficient, professional, sensitive, educated, smart, talented and good hearted.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is the best disaster relieve NGO they will ever come across.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We are donors because we know the importance and impact of HODR’s work; we are donors because we know how frugal HODR is with money; we are donors because we see how efficiently HODR aligns with other groups to extend resources and maximize efficiency; we are donors because we’re also volunteers, seeing first-hand how HODR operates in the field.
Since our first volunteer project with HODR, in Biloxi, Mississippi, we’ve donated to HODR each year. In 2008 we got to work with HODR again in Indonesia and we definitely intend to work with them again. We donate each year and try to increase our donation each year, regardless whether we get to volunteer in a given year. Without reservation, we feel that HODR and the volunteers they support in the field represent the very best of humanity – the unselfish desire to make things better.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mississippi after hurricane Katrina and Indonesia after a devastating earthquake that made 1000s homeless or made their homes unsafe.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd make no changes. They have a perfect, flexible, adaptive field model with highly skilled coordinators. They attract loyal, hard-working, dedicated volunteers.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

We donate money, but in our view that's not enough. We volunteer when we can and as a family.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

We know there's a serious need and we know how frugal HODR is with donations.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Donate money and time if you can. Both are needed. If you go to the field, which is highly encouraged, prepare to work because everybody else there knows exactly why they are there: to work and have fun.

 
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