About Us

What makes us tick: our mission & vision

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response efficiently and effectively 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 volunteer and community 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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“Support and encouragement for others give me fulfillment. When people have a sense of self and justice and work for something bigger than ourselves…that gives me fulfillment.”

Volunteer Julio, Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

Smart Response: rethinking disaster relief

We are about taking action and creating change. Our success is rooted in years of perfecting the Smart Response Equation. See how we’ve rolled up our sleeves to the work done.

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Response

We immediately respond to communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging volunteers, partners and local communities to help families rebuild homes and schools by engaging in activities like “mucking and gutting” after a flood, “rubbling” after an earthquake, or safe demolition to remove dangerous structures. We begin by carefully listening to the community to identify their greatest needs and only then create a long-term action plan, executed with speed and real-time problem-solving.

Volunteer US Virgin Islands USVI St. Thomas St. John

Recovery

We immediately respond to communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging volunteers, partners and local communities to help families rebuild homes and schools by engaging in activities like “mucking and gutting” after a flood, “rubbling” after an earthquake, or safe demolition to remove dangerous structures. We begin by carefully listening to the community to identify their greatest needs and only then create a long-term action plan, executed with speed and real-time problem-solving.

Recovery

Where needed, we make a long-term commitment and engage our trained volunteers to work with the community to rebuild disaster-resilient homes, schools, daycare facilities and community centers, the hubs of every community. By providing a free and open door for every volunteer around the globe, as well as cutting edge-training, we transform the good hearts and willing hands of our volunteers into a powerful team that can jump in and create an immediate impact in disaster-affected areas.

Group of Volunteers in Mexico
Group of Volunteers in Mexico

Recovery

Where needed, we make a long-term commitment and engage our trained volunteers to work with the community to rebuild disaster-resilient homes, schools, daycare facilities and community centers, the hubs of every community. By providing a free and open door for every volunteer around the globe, as well as cutting edge-training, we transform the good hearts and willing hands of our volunteers into a powerful team that can jump in and create an immediate impact in disaster-affected areas.

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Resilience

We bring our hard-won expertise and experience to help communities put the pieces back together, rising even stronger in the face of devastation. By laying out and constructing disaster-resilient buildings to code, we ensure they are stronger and more resilient in the face of future disasters, in turn preserving the future which we are rebuilding for the community.

I.E. N 1290 Nueva America School in Peru

Resilience

We bring our hard-won expertise and experience to help communities put the pieces back together, rising even stronger in the face of devastation. By laying out and constructing disaster-resilient buildings to code, we ensure they are stronger and more resilient in the face of future disasters, in turn preserving the future which we are rebuilding for the community.

Renewal

We live in the communities where we serve and become a part of them. And as we do, our volunteers uncover new ways to help, which invariably brings new ideas and creative solutions. We encourage our volunteers to follow through on these ideas where feasible. Projects have included everything from weekly movie nights for kids in Malawi, to English tutoring sessions in the Philippines, entrepreneurial and financial classes for secondary school girls in Peru and Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of flood victims in Detroit.

Volunteer and Student Painting
Volunteer and Student Painting

Renewal

We live in the communities where we serve and become a part of them. And as we do, our volunteers uncover new ways to help, which invariably brings new ideas and creative solutions. We encourage our volunteers to follow through on these ideas where feasible. Projects have included everything from weekly movie nights for kids in Malawi, to weekly English tutoring sessions in the Philippines, to entrepreneurial and financial literacy classes for secondary school girls in Peru, and Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of flood victims in Detroit.

We’re Smart About Spending Money, Too.

95 cents to every dollar goes directly to our programs.

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