September 24, 2017
 
All Hands Volunteers Gets $3M to Support Hurricane Response

September 12, 2017 — For the second time in two weeks, Massachusetts nonprofits are reaching out to hurricane victims elsewhere in the country, this time assisting victims of Hurricane Irma, and one organization, All Hands Volunteers, based in Mattapoisett, has received donations totaling $3 million to support its relief and rebuilding work following the two massive storms.

All Hands Volunteers (AHV), which provides assistance to communities around the world, today announced it has sent a four-member assessment team to the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was particularly heavily hit by Irma.

David Campbell, founder and chairman of All Hands Volunteers, said he expects to know within a week what type of effort his organization will commit to in the Virgin Islands. Campbell, having just returned after nine days in Houston, said he expects to put 250 volunteers on the ground there for the next two years to assist with rebuilding.

AHV received a $1 million emergency challenge grant from the Taube Philanthropies to support Hurricane Harvey relief and rebuilding efforts, and within the last two weeks matched that amount from contributions from 12,000 donors.

Erik Dyson, executive director and CEO of All Hands Volunteers, said, “Taube Philanthropies’ generous grant and the funding it will catalyze make it possible for All Hands Volunteers to do what the magnitude of this disaster demands: to run our largest disaster response to date, and to commit to staying in the affected areas through the many, many months ahead it will require to repair and rebuild."

Campbell was meeting in New York City today with another family foundation that, he said, has committed another $1 million to support All Hands Volunteers' response to the two hurricanes that together impacted millions of people, leaving in their wake many without electricity and at least hundreds of thousands of damaged homes.

A spokesman for The Boston Foundation said, "We are looking into the possibilities for direct support from the foundation, and we are continuing to work with donors as we did with Harvey to find ways for them to support communities and organizations directly affected by Irma in line with their interests and community needs."

Nonprofit WBUR in Boston has posted information for those looking to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, based in Boston, announced that the national organization has created the United Way Irma Recovery Fund to support local communities in the Southeast United States and Caribbean affected by Hurricane Irma, focusing on mid- and long-term recovery.

In addition, United Way's 2-1-1 information and referral service can provide local information about shelters, food and water, health resources, help accessing disaster programs, and other needs.

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children in Newton has created the Hurricane Irma Children’s Fund. Bright Horizons will match all contributions to the fund, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.

A similar fund that the Bright Horizons Foundations established following Hurricane Harvey reached its goal.

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