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