Our Work

Hover over the orange markers to explore some of our past and current relief efforts and training programs.

November 2022 Update:

AWB is on the ground in Ft. Myers, FL, and Myakka City, FL!

After two hurricanes in six weeks, communities and first responders in Florida need our help and we are on the ground offering free acupuncture treatments to all in need. Please see below for schedule of treatments, and please donate to secure transportation and supplies so we can continue this important work.

October 2022 Update:

To assist communities in the recovery from Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian, we are partnering with local agencies in multiple states and countries. Below you will find updates and our preliminary list of agencies. Please donate to help! 

The people of Florida, the Carolinas, Puerto Rico, and the Canadian-Atlantic coast need our immediate help. 
Right now, people need shelter, food, clothing and medicine. Once these essential survival needs are met, they need emotional and mental health support to recover and regain their footing.
This is where AWB’s work comes in. We are ready and able to provide trauma-informed care, including acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine, to communities coping with traumatic events. This care is very powerful and helps people feel supported, connected, and better able to rebuild.

In Florida, the Carolinas, and other southeastern states, we stand ready to collaborate with local acupuncturists and organizations to offer treatments once people are in stable environments.

AWB has been working in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. The same mountain communities devastated five years ago received the brunt of Hurricane Fiona this month. Our Puerto Rican team is providing care next week in Ponce and Aguadilla, and has asked that we send practitioners to help as the need is overwhelming.
AWB practitioners from the US are going in mid-October to provide treatments in places like Aguada, Cabo Roja, Guanica, Rincon, and Mayaguez. Our goal is to provide direct care for at least 4,000 people.
We have also been invited to help organize care teams in Eastern Canada, where Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, and Port aux Basque have been devastated by Hurricane Fiona.
Please help AWB bring trauma-informed care to thousands of people by donating today. 
Treatments cost about $5 per person. One treatment can change a person’s life, and group treatments can support an entire community. 
We are ready to go! Help us get these communities the care they need.
If you would like to volunteer on a treatment team and have taken our foundational course Healing Community Trauma, please contact Carla Cassler at Carla@acuwithoutborders.org

If you have not yet taken Healing Community Trauma, please do so here

Asociacion Comunitaria
Llanos Tuna, PR
Casa de Arte y Cultura
Ponce, PR
Casa de Arte y Cultura
Ponce, PR
Cooperativa de Artistas
Mayaguez, PR
Iglesia Prebisteriana
Aguadilla, PR
Iglesia Playa
Rincon, PR
 Iglesia Catolica Pueblo
Comiero, PR
Centro La Margarita
Salinas, PR
Fundación Dalila
Orocovis, PR
Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Bedford, Nova Scotia

The Pillars of our Philosophy

  • Program sustainability
  • Local partnerships and empowerment
  • Collaborating with western medical and complementary healing practitioners with a diversity of clinical backgrounds, as well as a wide variety of organizational sponsors and partners
  • Honoring indigenous cultures and traditions, including the healing power of plants and mother earth

We are here to support trauma recovery and building resilience in the world, locally, nationally and internationally. We do this by learning from local people, while we offer what we know about trauma healing so they can be most effective at supporting trauma recovery in their own communities and create sustainable programs, whether that be:

  • Response to local disasters, nationally or internationally, or
  • Established community clinics that work with a wide variety of ongoing needs

The work we do is about partnering with local people, and organizations, wherever we are, and supporting them in meeting the trauma recovery needs they see as being necessary. We go where we are invited and welcomed, and do not intrude where we are not.

Domestic (US) Programs

Disaster Relief & Community Service Clinics

Our work in the United States focuses on responding to disasters, when possible, supporting local practitioners in their disaster relief efforts and building a network of community service clinics to serve vulnerable populations long-term.

International Programs

Disaster Relief & Capacity Building Programs

Our international programs focus on training practitioners around the world in the use of acupuncture as a trauma-reduction tool. We target areas that may have high levels of trauma as a result of war, poverty, natural disasters, social inequality or environmental devastation.

See AWB’s Work in Action

The video below profiles AWB’s trauma healing and disaster relief work in Puerto Rico. AWB sent three teams to the island in 2017 and 2018 to provide treatments in underserved communities hit hard by Hurricane Maria. AWB continues to offer field training and collaboration with local acupuncturists and community groups to create ongoing mobile clinics for trauma reduction. The FEMA Voluntary Agency has worked closely with AWB to make this possible, as have AWB volunteers and donors. Visit our YouTube Channel for all AWB Videos.