HandsOn Disasters

When disaster strikes, HandsOn Network Affiliate Action Centers serve the critical role of organizing and leading volunteer response efforts in communities around the world.

Action Center Updates

A Message About the Ebola Outbreak

Right now is the largest outbreak of Ebola in history. There is a lot of misinformation and fear about the disease. Learn more about the symptoms, transmission and prevention by clicking here.

Medical workers and other volunteers need your help to combat the spread of this disease and save lives. Donate to nonprofits responding to the needs of Ebola victims. Ebola has called for a global strategic response.

As with any disaster please do not self-deploy or donate goods that are not specifically being requested by an agency working in the field. Stay safe and educate your friends and families with accurate information about Ebola. 


HandsOn Network Affiliate Action Centers are critical resources in communities when disaster strikes. In partnership with local government and other entities, they coordinate local response efforts and serve as a central access point for volunteers.

HandsOn Network’s work focuses on the fact that “all disasters are local.” Our strength comes from the efforts of our Action Centers in three distinct areas:

  • Spontaneous unaffiliated volunteer management (SUVs) and in managing Volunteer Reception Centers (VRCs) in times of disaster
  • Defining nonprofit needs in times of disaster and matching volunteers to those needs
  • Large-scale project execution as part of long-term recovery


Together with our partners, HandsOn Network has developed a robust library of resources to guide local response efforts. HandsOn Network Affiliates can log into the Affiliate Member Center for access to more helpful tools and resources.