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Apr 12, 2019

Hurricane Michael Response Update!

Hello Donors!

Since Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle in early October, our teams have been hard at work helping the community recover from the extensive storm damage.  Assessing the immense and widespread destruction of the storm, our team initially identified a need for chainsawing and tree work. While a lot of our work continues to be within this scope, focus has shifted to prioritize mucking, gutting, and sanitizing homes and community structures.  Due to the massive amount of roofing damage, many structures in the area are now seeing severe mold growth. Left untreated, this mold can cause serious health concerns.

This last month, our team began response work at the CC & Vivian Moore Boys and Girls Club in Panama City.  Before the storm, the club served on average 165 students daily, offering teen programs, club sports, indoor & outdoor space, homework support, and computer literacy.  Roof damage to both main buildings caused significant flooding and the club has been shut down until cleanup and repairs are completed. So far, our teams have mucked and gutted water-damaged classrooms and gym areas, sanitized all interior spaces, removed debris, and cleaned the grounds.

While we have surpassed 6 months since Michael made landfall, there is still so much work left to be done.  Our staff and volunteers are committed to supporting recovery for the long haul. With your generous support, we are confident that we will be able to bring a sense of normalcy back to as many families as possible.  To date, our teams have worked on 141 homes and community structures, logging 3,285 hours. This work has helped 493 people so far! We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the GlobalGiving community that has helped make this all possible.

Thank you!

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Apr 1, 2019

Exciting update from our USVI teams...

Hello friends and supporters of GlobalGiving,

We have exciting news about AHAH and our USVI operations: our timeline has been extended! In St. Thomas, our work will continue until the end of April and in St. John, our work will continue through the end of June. It’s right there in our mission statement: “AHAH addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters”. It means so much to those still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria that supporters like you are helping keep our teams on the ground, bringing a sense of normalcy back to the lives of so many. We are so grateful to GlobalGiving and it’s vast network of supporters that have made it a priority to keep this work going.

During this quarter, our team in St. John was able to celebrate an exciting milestone. February 16th marked one year since All Hands and Hearts arrived on the island, ready to get to work. During this time, our teams were able to positively impact nearly 25% of the islands population - that’s 987 residents! To celebrate, our teams shared an evening of food and conversation with volunteers, homeowners, and members of the community that have gotten to know us over the past year. Our teams have developed so much love for the people of St. John, and they are so excited to continue working with them. Since February, our numbers have grown quite a bit! We just surpassed having 50,000 volunteer hours on the island, which helped complete the work on 283 sites, ultimately helping more than 1,121 people.

In St. Thomas, work has been equally impactful. Teams are continuing rebuild work on homes, as well as work to revitalize the Alvin Mcbean Ballpark. As of  March 21st, our St. Thomas team has logged 113,717 hours of work, worked on 584 sites, and helped an astounding 6,310 people since their work began on the island last year. None of this would have been possible without the amazing partnerships our teams have, and the unwavering support of donors like you.

Linked below is a blog post about one of our wonderful beneficiaries, who was able to join us at our one year celebration in St. John. His story, like so many others, makes us more motivated than ever to continue working in the USVI!

Thank you!

One Year on St. John Celebration
One Year on St. John Celebration
A Site Supervisor at the Alvin Mcbean Ballpark
A Site Supervisor at the Alvin Mcbean Ballpark
Volunteers in St. John
Volunteers in St. John

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Mar 11, 2019

Florence Recovery - Let's Keep On Going!

A Recovery Volunteer in North Carolina
A Recovery Volunteer in North Carolina

Hello Donors!

Last time we provided an update, we were preparing to wind down our response program in North Carolina. Over the course of this three month response period, a wonderful group of hardworking staff and volunteers successfully completed work on 150 homes, serving 390 individuals impacted by Hurricane Florence. The generous support we received from GlobalGiving, and their supporters like you, have made so much of this possible as it allowed us to mobilize 285 compassionate volunteers into the New Bern, Craven, Pamlico, and Jones County areas. Here, our teams and volunteers worked eight hours a day, six days a week, to address the critical needs of families struggling to recover from the storm. Linked below, you’ll find a blog article sharing the story of Marianna Mack (a volunteer turned All Hands and Hearts Assessor), who did an amazing job helping us find the families that we could ultimately help in our North Carolina service areas.

We are excited to now share with you that recovery efforts, or “phase two” of the work All Hands and Hearts does, began officially on January 7th, 2019! Even as the temperatures dropped, our volunteers and staff bundled up so they could keep on going! Currently, our teams are pivoting on a transition point of work (simply because a number of homes still require work related to water damage and mold removal). Still, teams remain flexible -  adapting their day of work to fit the needs of each homeowner. When possible, teams are conducting “finishing” work. This might mean adding insulation and drywall to homes so they are comfortable in the cold, spackling and painting, or even adding new cabinets and flooring.

A great example of what happens at this “pivot” point has taken place at the home of one of our beneficiaries in the New Bern area. His home was not only damaged by flood waters that rose four feet high, but also by fire and smoke damage that happened when the floodwaters shorted out his electric wheelchair. Thankfully, he was not in the home at the time. Our teams have worked on his home since the fall, clearing out the water and smoke damaged debris and building materials. Once recovery began, our teams returned to make critical and cosmetic repairs. His home has since been finished! One of our site supervisors tells us, “A few days before finishing his home, we knew we were helping him feel like his house was a home again because he had put the salt & pepper shakers back on his kitchen table”. 

We are so happy that we have been able to work with the amazing and resilient people of North Carolina since Hurricane Florence first struck. Thank you for supporting this project from the beginning, and we hope you’ll join us as we keep on going!

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