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The Work We Do

We work closely with community members and partners to respond effectively and efficiently to disasters, before transitioning to critical long-term rebuild projects. 

All of our projects are completed by our experienced staff and dedicated volunteers. Each project site is supervised by a staff member or trained team leader to ensure volunteers have a fun, safe and positive experience. And, we provide on the job training — we don’t require that volunteers have any specific skills or construction experience.

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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 get 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 its 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

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 its 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.

A colorful playground in front of a newly-built 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.

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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.

Renewal

We live in the communities where we serve and become a part of them. 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, 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.

A volunteer and young survivor working together to paint the outside of a school in the British Virgin Islands
Volunteer and Student Painting

Renewal

We live in the communities where we serve and become a part of them. 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, 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.

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