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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services

Mission: We help the public survive, sustain and reunite after catastrophic disaster by closing the black hole of communications. We monitor social media to save lives. We connect people and animal owners with those who can provide them aid.

Results: Humanity Road helps locate, organize and connect people and communities with valuable information and critical resources. Since its founding in 2010, the organization has responded to nearly 1,000 disasters around the world.

Target demographics: We help people, animals and emergency officials by connecting them with resources when disaster strikes. During a disaster, impacted areas become overwhelmed, and viable lifesaving solutions and information can become impossible to find. Humanity Road is an additional lifeline (the bridge) for the affected public, local officials and emergency response teams using innovative technology and social listening platforms.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Every year, Humanity Road volunteers help thousands of people and animals around the world impacted by disaster. In 2016, the disaster desk was active for 3,878 hours. Volunteers responded to 105 events in 45 countries, and total volunteer hours of service topped 11,000 hours.

Geographic areas served: places all over the world

Programs: Because no call for help should be unheard, we monitor social media to save lives, testing new disaster response tools and technology, and helping emergency officials plan and conduct preparedness campaigns and exercises to improve the disaster response chain of care.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Following Cyclone Debbie here in Australia we needed some quick intelligence on the extent of damage to cellular networks, which HR were able to provide quickly and painlessly. We are already using that data to help further build resilience in Australia. Without HR's support, this information would have been much more difficult for us to find. Also, the history of HR's situation reports provides an invaluable longitudinal data set on the impact of disasters on communications and other vital services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer it brings me joy to help Humanity Road. The way this team springs into action to help those who need help is simply amazing. Their training and exercises are like none I have ever attended. This work gives me purpose in life to help others. I didn't have much insight to the world outside of the US until volunteering for HR. I enjoy interacting with volunteers from around the world. Thank you Humanity Road for all you do in helping people sustain, survive, and reunite during and after a disaster.

1 Jose32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have had a brief time working with Humanity Road and must say the people are amazing. They very much care about the world and the events that affect others around the world. I have been very thankful to have met them and continue to work with them in many aspects. thank you for the great work all of you do.

3 Najeeb G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity Road (HR) is a unique not for profit organisation that remain steadfast and focused on what they are good at - 'closing the black hole of communication' by linking disaster affected communities to the emergency response organisations.

As a volunteer, i can attest to the fact that at Humanity Road, they matched words with action. In fact, i witnessed a moment where HR volunteers monitored three tropical storms, three hurricanes, two earthquakes and two disaster exercise within 48 hours.

HR volunteers are always eager to provide help, train volunteers and make a difference.

3 Yogita F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity Road is one of the most inspiring and relevant non profits that I have worked with in recent times.
With a passion to help people during the disasters, the tools, support, the volunteers are always there providing reliable and accurate data & information.
A truly digital humanitarian organisation in spirit & grit making sure there is always someone to help!

2 kc5fm

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked with HumanityRoad for a number of years. During this time, I have managed a number of disasters and planned events.

Humanity Road has consistently been involved on a global scale while maintaining their interest in what happens locally.

Humanity Road is an excellent Non-Profit.

3 Chethan B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a student , the ways in which I am being benefitted from being a part of this organization are:-
1) Practical and global exposure to what I am learning in class
2)Work at my convenience
3) Systematic training provided periodically or as per request

8 Lauren120

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity Road is a dedicated non-profit with a global volunteer network. Their training, tools, and support are fantastic and the volunteers are vigilant in producing accurate and reliable information during times of disaster and crisis. With Humanity Road there will always be someone there to respond and help those in need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humanity Road is a very special organization driven by very special people. I joined the team as a volunteer in the wake of the recent Nepal earthquake. Since then, I have been trained in various activities of the organization. I have realized that Humanity Road fills a critical gap between formal disaster response systems and real-time deployments. Using technology as an essential tool, Humanity Road has been of commendable service in situations where prompt interventions are needed. The work they do is outstanding, and the dedication of the team to an urgent need is remarkable.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HR is working in an Industry Consortium called the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) to advance interoperability in our Rapid Response Incubator. These efforts hope someday to enable all parties involved in disasters, from victims to governments, front line to back office, even gamers and social networkers, to operate at their best in a secure-enough fashion to speed and lower the cost of response. Remember, we could all become the victims at any moment, if things go badly. HR is there, wherever there is.

3 Thomas O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two months ago I came across Humanity Road while doing research for my Master Thesis on improving online data repositories for humanitarian logistics and I decided to give it a go for the following reasons: A) I believe that the idea behind Humanity Road and what they are doing to support disaster response shows great promise as the world keeps globalizing and more an more people get access to the internet and B) to learn more about the world of humanitarian logistics.

It goes to show that I was right to join for these reasons, since when I joined I immediately landed in the response to Cyclone Pam and could experience first hand what a difference HR can make in the world. Furthermore, Vice President Cat Graham has been exceptionally helpful in answering all my questions and aiding me in better understanding the world of humanitarian logistics. All in all, I'm very happy I joined HR!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La organización es simplemente fantástica. He tenido el pacer de participar en distintos proyectos de Humanity Road y cada vez he terminado sorprendida de la calidad de sus voluntarios, el liderazgo de Cat Graham y Chris Thompson y el resultado y aportes que hacen en la investigación y difusión de información sobre desastres. La organización es pionera y experta en el monitoreo de las redes sociales en busca de detallada información sobre los últimos acontecimientos y el seguimiento de necesidades incumplidas y urgentes. La organización cuanta con devotos, bien entrenados y excelentemente coordinados voluntarios dispuestos a trabajar arduamente bajo la dirección de sus lideres. Sus lideres manejan a sus voluntarios y a la organización a través de un discurso potente, habilidades gerenciales, motivación, espacio, cuidadosa atención y mucho cariño. Su amor y dedicación se transforman en una dirección y un trabajo muy detallado y cuidadoso con excelentes resultados. En el caso de Ciclón Pam en Vanuatu, Humanity Road trabajo en cercana colaboración con varias organizaciones internacionales destacando con un rol innovador y un projecto completamente novedoso alcanzando un verdadero éxito. Los resultados fueron incluso compartidos por el Gobierno de Vanuatu. Mi participación con Humanity Road en Vanuatu fue experiencia muy agradable. Sin duda Humanity Road es una de los mejores organizaciones en la que he tenido el placer de trabajar. Me siento honrada de participar bajo la excelente dirección de sus lideres y compartir tareas con sus increíbles voluntarios.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Humanity Road about a month ago in order to learn more about public health emergencies and nonprofits. Humanity Road is a community of very welcoming and warm people who are eager to find opportunities for you to develop the skills you are interested in. I'm looking forward to volunteering more with this incredible organization.

6 Christine127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Humanity Road 2 months ago and it’s been the most fulfilling volunteer experience I’ve ever had. I really enjoyed working with this group of warm-hearted and dedicated individuals who are always ready to assist people affected by disasters. The leadership is very supportive, encouraging and provides lots of opportunities to learn and grow. I am very happy that I found this organization and would love to keep working with them.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined Humanity Road as a volunteer and I’ve been so happy with my time so far. Everyone has been so helpful in teaching me new skills and welcoming me to the team. The teams are well organized and flexible; I have been able to work at my own pace as I learn the details of a social media focused. Very happy I joined!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Humanity Road worked with Florida State University to develop the 28th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference's first social media exercise. It was a resounding success and we plan to conduct another one next year. Social media has become an integral part of emergency management so this exercise and related training sessions and workshops were very beneficial to our attendees. We are most appreciative of Humanity Road's support.

1 Robin64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Humanity Road is one of the most rewarding experiences I've had in my many years of volunteer. Exemplary leadership, training and support for digital disaster response.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Humanity Road after reading an article by Bill Lohmann in the Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch. Working with HMRD as a volunteer has been rewarding and challenging. I've learned so much about how this incredible organziation helps people via disseminating accurate and timely information during crisis, whether it's a natual disaster like atornado, an earthquake, a blizzard, or a hurricane or a manmade one like the bombings in Boston. I am honored to be a volunteer with this organization and plan to continue contributing my skills and energy.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cat Graham, vice president and cofounder of Humanity Road, gave an excellent presentation on Disaster Response in the Digital Age to our staff and volunteers at a local chapter of the American Red Cross where she shared her experiences, and that of Humanity Road's, in providing virtual humanitarian response to those individuals affected by disasters around the world. Its innovative strategies as an Internet-based crisis response organization, paired with its dedicated group of global volunteers, has positioned Humanity Road as a leader in virtual disaster communications. i've been a volunteer with different organizations for many years, and I've never seen such a dedicated group of people, led by two equally dedicated leaders, Chris Thompson and Cat Graham, as you will find with Humanity Road. It is an organization worthy of your support.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved personally with this organization in an effort to help stranded persons during a flood in the Dominican Republic. The effort paid off and people who were at high risk of being overrun by high waters were transported to a safer location. Great organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Humanity Road as a volunteer since 2011. I have worked with the team in responding to several disasters and the dedication of the other volunteers constantly amazes me. As someone who creates social media analysis tools, I find their approach to disaster response very innovative. Volunteering at Humanity Road has been a wonderful learning experience for me and I will continue to help in whatever way I can.

4 Paras S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Humanity Road since from past one year. I've experienced the importance, role and scope of the internet technology and social media during emergency with Humanity Road. It save people and animals lives through first aid advice and other life-saving information on social media. I'm learning with Humanity Road team and enjoying too.