Accounts/Donation Information

We are a 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible.

Donating to Open Hands is a unique experience. We support and help launch special projects, and administer donations that ease life challenges. All overhead costs are covered by the General Fund, so 100% of every donation goes to the account specified. Paypal takes a small fee; to avoid this you may send a check made out to Open Hands, with the project specified in the memo line, to 523 Lexington Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Established in 1980, we are pleased to continue to offer this service to our community.

Please donate to any of the organizations or individual needs you see listed below. Even the smallest amount can make a big difference.

If you know of a need in your community, or a special project that you would like to support, fill out an application. The application process is easy. Access it here.


Organizations | Individual Needs


Afghan Humanitarian Parole

Humanitarian parole is used to bring someone who is fleeing danger to the US temporarily while a longer-term solution can be devised. Local volunteers are helping Afghan families in our community submit the paperwork and fees required to help their family members evacuate the dangers of the Taliban. Read More

Project Adelante

Project Adelante seeks to provide support for families and youth by bringing together professionals across disciplines (refugee camp management, law, medicine, mental health, child development, and religion) to evaluate and address the range of needs, working with existing partners in Mexico and Brownsville, Texas, building bridges of cooperative efforts to effectively respond to the crisis in Matamoros. As professionals with deep experience in this area, we intend to do this work with an eye toward the development of transferable solutions designed to support potential future immigration crises that disproportionately impact families and children. Read more.


INEPE is a school serving the barrios of south Quito, Equador. Its founders hold the ideal that educating children with the participation of the community contributes to a world in which all live with happiness and in harmony with the planet. In addition to offering a high-quality pre-K-12 education, the school serves and is served by all generations of the community. Read More

Bahamian Bush Medicine Project

Bush medicine practitioner Mr. Forbes at San Salvador, Bahamas

Jeff McCormack, an award-winning author, continues to gather knowledge that might be lost if native medicinal plant lore is not documented in certain areas.  His trips to South Andros  yielded a wealth of interviews and photographs, material that has been shared in book form. Please support this very worthy project. Read More.

General Fund

We are primarily volunteers but have found after more than 39 years experience that it is helpful to have designated funds for modest business supplies, and to offer an optional stipend to those who sustain the daily operations.  Many times these funds come through the board members themselves, so we are very, very appreciative when contributions are made to the general fund.  Please consider making a donation, or volunteering for an hour or two.


Our goal is to reach out into the community of Charlottesville and the surrounding area and identify, support and facilitate the progress of those who strongly aspire to an overall life purpose, goal, or dream.

We offer this service to highly motivated individuals from challenging circumstances who may lack support, guidance, or resources to fulfill their short and long term goals, or their lifelong aspirations. Please donate here. For more information visit

Individual Needs

The Caregiver Fund

Open Hands makes this fund available to help with expenses incurred by any caregiver: teachers, parents, nurses. We recognize that balance in our lives is fundamental to wellness, and that caregivers need the same caring that they provide to others. Fill out an application to fund a spa day, a retreat, or something that makes your life a little easier. This fund has also been used for tires, gas, rent, and supplies. Donations to this account are most welcome.

The Sabr Lyon Fund

Sabr has chronic lyme  (at least 6 years), and newly proven genetic issues that have caused chronic illness and pain for most of their life. Medical procedures, visits with specialists, and lab work are expensive, and because Sabr can only work minimally, paying for medical care and everyday bills is a financial challenge.  Added to that, alternative therapies have been found that help Sabr function more normally, that is, with fewer negative ramifications. Sabr wants to avoid going deeper into debt, and using Open Hands to receive donations can help offset some of the cost of healthcare. Sabr continues to be grateful for any help you can give.

Michael Parent

Michael’s Medical Care Team is celebrating the success of the fundraising campaign for storyteller Michael Parent. We’ve achieved our goal of raising $100,000 toward financing Michael’s move into assisted living in Portland, ME, and his ongoing medical care.

We're grateful for the support and mission of Open Hands Foundation. Michael is happily ensconced in his new digs on the assisted living wing at Park Danforth, in Portland, ME, where he’s getting good care, good food and the medical attention he needs. This wasn’t going to happen without the help of over three hundred and fifty donors. Your generosity is inspiring. Thank you for your part in making this possible. If you're late arriving and would like to donate to this fund, we will use all additional funds for Michael's Medical Care.