Hands On Disaster Response

Earlier this week, invited by Reshma Sohoni and my buddy Alasdair Bell, I attended a charity event organized to support Hands On Disaster Response, who’ve now officially launched in London recently.

Briefly, HODR is an organization that’s created a workflow which allows them to quickly send volunteers to places in the world where they’re needed. I know what you’re thinking – oh boy, yet another NGO trying to change the world, right? I thought the same. But these guys do two things really, really differently:

1. They have no fixed costs – out of the 5,000 volunteers they work with, only 5 are paid. That means – 100% of what you donate goes directly to the response programs they’re running at that time

2. If you want to volunteer, you just pay for your flight to wherever you’re needed, and they take care of the rest. I think this is the reason why they’ve been so successful since they launched in 2004, ‘cause it’s easier and safer to volunteer when you know someone will take good care of you.

Have a look at their site, maybe make a donation and, if you have the time, I encourage you to volunteer. I know I will.