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United Way of the Coastal Bend Gives $100,000 from Disaster Relief Fund to Housing Recovery Volunteer Group

MAY 3, 2018 – United Way of the Coastal Bend’s $100,000 contribution to All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response goes to support the organization in its work to repair and rebuild 18 Aransas Pass homes following Hurricane Harvey.

All Hands and Hearts is a volunteer group that delivers Smart Response in the aftermath of natural disasters across the globe – efficiently enacting long-term action plans that address both immediate and long-term needs of affected community members. Their Smart Response approach is a facilitation of the four R’s in the wake of a disaster: Response, Recovery, Resilience and Renewal. To date, more than 45,000 All Hands and Hearts volunteers have helped more than 500,000 people.

“The funding provided by United Way of the Coastal Bend will be a huge help for us as we assist communities devastated by Harvey,” said Brett Bond, Project Manager for All Hands and Hearts. “Our teams are hard at work rebuilding homes, and thanks to this contribution, we will be able to make an even bigger impact over the course of our 2 year commitment to the Coastal Bend.”

In two years, an average of 40 volunteers per day will recover – through repair or total reconstruction – a total of 40 Coastal Bend homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. 

“Housing is a major long-term issue in the wake of Harvey and people living in these damaged communities feel forgotten. We’re so grateful to the volunteers with All Hands and Hearts for changing that,” said Catrina Wilson, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend. “It’s great to see people from all over come together to help our friends and neighbors in the Coastal Bend recover after the storm.” 

The trained volunteers of All Hands and Hearts live at a basecamp within the communities they repair, developing a close relationship with locals as they work together to restore important hubs like homes, schools, daycares and more. This brings communities back from devastation and leaves them better than before with infrastructure that’s structurally sound and ready to weather future storms.

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