Over 20 Years of Dedicated Service

About Us

Hand in Hand knows these life-changing experiences are great teachers of compassion, generosity and knowledge of real needs and wants. People who volunteer with us are always inspired to do more. By lending a hand, you will be changing a life. In most cases, it will be your own.

Our Guiding Principles

Our Mission

We work hand in hand with individuals and communities to transform lives by responding to expressed needs through cultural immersion, education, housing and health care.

Our Vision

We seek to build community one person, one family at a time. Our ongoing programs provide access to quality education, safe housing and health care. Our immersion trips encourage individuals to deepen their perspective and realize their potential impact locally, regionally and globally.


We love connecting people – all people! We don’t care where you live, who you live with, or what you believe. If you have a heart for others, we encourage you to join us!

One Trip Can Change the World

Inspired by a trip to help marginalized children in the Caribbean, Wayne Fowler and his brother, Fr. Joe Fowler founded Hand in Hand in 1999.

With a handful of donors and a big dream, they built a thriving non-profit organization with programs in Belize, Nicaragua, Appalachia, and Louisville.

A Message from our Executive Director

Many of our supporters begin their Hand in Hand journey with an immersion trip. It’s part of our recipe for success.

Here’s how it works. Our program directors in each of our four locations identify a need. We find good-hearted people who meet the need. This lights a fire in the good-hearted people who share that fire with others.

This results in financial support for the organization, allowing us to identify the next need, the next good-hearted people, and on it goes. I do hope you’ll choose to join us on our journey to change lives!
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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
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Building a Better Future Together

Meet our Team

We’re about connecting people–not through cell phones–but by working side by side with people who don’t look the same, talk the same or have the same amount of stuff.

We’re about crossing boundaries and building compassion in one another by swinging a hammer, blowing bubbles or dancing to Bluegrass music.

We’re about recognizing and addressing needs – but we’re also about seeing resilience, beauty, and ingenuity, where others only see poverty. We’re about celebrating that which is good in all of us.

Creating a Larger Difference Together

Meet our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors hosts a wealth of life experiences and career expertise to Hand in Hand Ministries. They meet each month, help us fundraise and complete other responsibilities for our organization.

While they come from vastly different backgrounds, they are all united by their passion for what we stand for and do in communities. We’re proud to introduce these individuals to you.

Where Volunteers Come From

Even though we’re based in Louisville, KY, our volunteers come from across the United States and around the world.

Countries Represented
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Jordan
  • Kurdistan
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Proudly Based in Louisville, KY

While our roots and headquarters are in Louisville, KY, our hearts are with all the communities we serve. Located in the Portland neighborhood, our headquarters serves as the central hub for our leadership and work in each location.

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

Give Today to Lend a Hand

We depend on donations from people like you to continue our important work. Donate today to lend a hand and change a life.
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