The Hotes Foundation

The Hotes Foundation™ is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that does not accept donations.

Our focus is simple: more volunteers with us, serving the poorest of the poor.
Change “giving” to “going.”™

Over the past 12 years, the Hotes Foundation has performed over 70 missions in more than 10 countries, including: Pakistan, Peru, Mexico, Bangladesh, Philippines, Taiwan, Haiti, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Every mission is funded entirely by the Hotes Foundation through the founder’s (Richard W. Hotes) personal contributions.

The poor will remain poor unless YOU personally go and deliver relief to them.

For more information on volunteering for mission trips, please contact us.



(Less than $2.50 USD / Day)




On March 24, 2014, rain fell on Oso, Washington, as Hotes Foundation volunteers arrived to provide disaster relief after the...


The strongest tropical storm in recorded history smashed into the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan took the lives...


Although the primary focus of Richard Hotes and the Hotes Foundation has been serving the poorest of the poor, that...


The story of Superstorm Sandy disaster relief in New York exemplifies Hotes Foundation founder Richard Hotes’ belief that volunteering is...


In September 2011, the Hotes Foundation responded to an ongoing humanitarian crisis in Africa by providing relief to Somali refugees...


Richard Hotes trains Hotes Foundation volunteers to respond quickly when natural disasters and other emergencies strike. This kind of urgent...


Hotes Foundation volunteers strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor, no matter...


Richard Hotes believes that going to where you’re needed — not simply giving money to worthy causes — is the...


Hotes Foundation volunteers rushed to L’Aquila, Italy, in 2009 when more than 300 people were killed, 1,500 injured and 50,000...


Cyclone Sidr tore through Southeast Bangladesh in November 2007, lashing affected areas with winds of up to 155 mph. More...


Hurricane Dean smashed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in August 2007, pummeling the region with 165 mph winds and dumping torrential...


Hotes Foundation volunteers traveled to Peru in 2007 when a magnitude 8.0 earthquake killed more than 500 people, injured almost...


Pakistanis living in the remote northern mountains of Kashmir were trapped without food, water, or shelter after a devastating 7.6...


Hurricane Katrina rocked the Gulf Coast in 2005, becoming one of the five deadliest hurricanes ever to strike the United...


While much of the world watched in horror as terrorists attacked the United States of America on September 11, 2001,...

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Meet And Interact With The

Hotes Foundation Volunteers

Richard Hotes

Alaska Structures Inc. founder Richard W. Hotes grew up in Anchorage, a place where he learned the value of hard work. As a youth, Richard hauled water, buried sewage and hunted for food for his five siblings and parents.

Carolyn Bishop

Carolyn graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy and a master’s degree in Transatlantic Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Matthew Triplett

Matt Triplett joined Alaska Structures in 2005. Shortly after being hired, he volunteered with the Hotes Foundation to provide relief to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in Waveland, Mississippi.

Heath Abbate

Heath Abbate joined Alaska Structures as Chief Information Officer in February 2012 and became a Hotes Foundation volunteer the same year.

Tish Jurica

Tish Jurica is a Texas A&M University alumna with bachelor’s degree in Communications. Shortly after graduating, she was hired to lead the business development and marketing team at Alaska Structures.

Latest From The Hotes Foundation

English Garden in a Haitian Mud-Hut Village

New grass, iron benches, blooming flowers, a wooden fence, and a hand-painted gate. These are commonplace items among the parks & gardens of the United States, but for a poverty-stricken...

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Power of Volunteering: Haitian Volunteers Fight to Lift Village out of Poverty

Nearly every child and adult showed some sign of malnutrition and the level of energy was so low that many would not have had the energy to work even if...

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Harvest Time In Haiti!

Over the weekend, volunteers from the Haitian mud hut village harvested 480 pieces of Cassava from the village garden managed by Hotes Foundation Haitian staff and volunteers. Cassava is a...

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Nepal 1 Year Later…

One year ago today, two massive earthquakes hit the isolated mountain country of Nepal. These devastating quakes took nearly 9,000 lives, injured over 22,000, and left more than half a...

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Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch First Gala!

This weekend, Hotes Foundation volunteers were honored to attend Mike Delancey's Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch (WWAR) in Pinellas Park, Florida. Lance Corporal Mike Delancey was one of the first recipients of...

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Sean Penn’s J/P HRO Gala to support Haiti raises $7 Million!

Last weekend Volunteers from the Hotes Foundation were honored to represent Richard Hotes and the Hotes Foundation at Sean Penn's 5th annual J/P HRO Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills. The...

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