CTE Gives Back! September 2021



Natural disasters certainly seem to be occurring with greater frequency and intensity each year.  With Hurricane Ida being forefront in the news recently as the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana, it seems only fitting that our CTE Gives Back! dollars this month be directed to All Hands and Hearts, a 501 (c) nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of global communities impacted by natural disasters.

It was in 2017 that David Campbell and Petra Nemcova united their individual nonprofits – All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund respectively – to form All Hands and Hearts.  This organization addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities faced with disasters, arriving early as part of first response efforts and staying late to rebuild schools and homes in a “disaster-resilient” way.

Purple shirts being worn by volunteers for All Hands and Hearts marked the efficient and successful efforts made, in addition to Hurricane Ida Relief, in disaster struck areas through the nonprofit’s programs including but not limited to California Wildfire Relief, Guatemala Hurricane Relief, Michigan Flood Relief, and Mexico Earthquake Relief. 

The efforts of All Hands and Hearts have impacted 1,204,000+ lives, spurring 61,000+ volunteers of 144 volunteer nationalities into action, with 127 disaster programs initiated in 22 countries thus far.  With a strong focus on children and schools, 314 schools have been constructed enabling 115,000 children to return to school after disaster has struck.

All Hands and Hearts has earned the 4-star recognition with Charity Navigator for several years in a row.  It is truly worthy of mention that 95 cents of every dollar generated for the organization goes directly to help the intermediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. 

For more information about All Hands and Hearts, please visit www.allhandsandhearts.org.