On Friday, August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm, with wind speeds up to 130 miles per hour. The devastation was immense, resulting in an estimated $180 billion in damages, with 50 deaths and destroying over 200,000 homes.
Immediately after the waters receded, the All Hands and Hearts U.S. Disaster Response leapt into action, leveraging the power of volunteers to clear debris, muck and gut homes, and sanitize the homes from mold contamination. Since August, the organization has welcomed 1,814 volunteers, gutted 273 homes, and sanitized 92 homes, helping a total of 1,211 people move towards a sense of normalcy post-disaster. The work continues as the organization committed to remaining in the affected communities for at least two years following the hurricane, and All Hands and Hearts needs your help to make it possible!
As you can imagine, the damage caused by the hurricane is widespread, and volunteers are needed to help get individuals and families back into their homes. To make it easier for volunteers to join, All Hands and Hearts is offering accommodation and meals for each work day. Additionally, if you can volunteer for two weeks or more, a limited number of round-trip flights from throughout the United States will be provided. No construction experience is required, and it’s a great way to learn new skills, meet people from throughout the world, and aid the local community!
If you’re interested in joining as a volunteer, you can apply here. Volunteer spots are limited, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to make a positive impact in Houston and Aransas Pass today!
Julia Schemmer is a second year student at UC Riverside studying Public Policy. Their goal is simple: to put the 'lit' back into politics.