Accounts/Donation Information

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

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Donating to Open Hands is a unique experience.  All overhead costs are covered by the General Fund, so 100% of every donation goes to the account specified (Please note:  Paypal takes a 2.65% + .30 fee).  While we support and have helped launch many special projects (see History link at the top of this page for a list), we also administer donations to ease life challenges, and the situations of the ill, elderly, and dying, and have done so for 39 years.

Please consider donating to any of the organizations, individual needs, or long-standing accounts you see listed below.  Even the smallest amount can make a big difference. And all are tax-deductible.

If you have or 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 and usually takes less than a week.  Access the application here.



Project Adelante

More than 2,500 asylum-seekers are living in a state of intense danger in Matamoros, Mexico. Many of the most vulnerable people fleeing danger and persecution in Central America and the Caribbean end up in Matamoros because of the widespread belief that the crossing at that point is relatively easier than desert ports of entry. The majority of people waiting at this makeshift refugee camp are single mothers with multiple young children seeking to reunite with their extended family in the United States. In addition to this population of families, there are hundreds of unaccompanied teenagers living in the shadows of the camp and the city, permanently in hiding because there are threats to their safety--from organized crime cartels that are prevalent in Matamoros, as well as from general violence against migrants. These families and youth lack access to basic services such as shelter, sanitation, food, water, education, etc. and suffer from disease and ongoing violence.  More than 100 new migrants arrive each day and are forced to remain (potentially for up to two years pursuant to new US government policies). Grassroots groups in the area are the only organizations currently providing support, but their resources are limited and they are overwhelmed by the growing scope of this crisis. 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.


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, BahamasJeff 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 are yielding a wealth of interviews and photographs, material that will eventually be shared in book form. Please support this very worthy project.  Read More.

Botanica Herbs and Healing: A Mobile Clinic

We are a mobile herbal medicine clinic serving the community of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. It is our intent to provide holistic care for the underserved. We offer in-depth consultations, natural first aid, and tonic therapies at no cost to the recipients.   Donations that come to us through Open Hands are tax deductible.  Use the donate button below, or mail to Open Hands, 523 Lexington Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Visit the website at     

General Fund

Every organization has running needs.   We keep ours minimal, operating for the most part without an office, and through strong communication and agreement between board members about our mission statement.  We are primarily volunteers but have found after more than 36 years experience that it is helpful to have designated funds for modest business supplies,  and to offer an optional token 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.

Accessible Yoga for Children with Autism Around the World

Project update! The video exemplifying the use of yoga with children with autism has been created – and currently we have translations into Vietnamese and Spanish. This tool should be immensely helpful for individual parents or teachers who desire to incorporate a yoga practice into the home or school environment.  Families can access this video, free of cost, through the kidsyogabyruth YouTube channel. I recently presented on the benefits of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, used as an Occupational Therapy treatment modality, at the World OT Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.  I would love to continue “spreading the word” through presentations and workshops.  It would be amazing to coordinate a trip with other PYTI (professional yoga therapy institute) trained healthcare professionals to offer a multidisciplinary training and spread the benefits to a wider patient population. I aim to expand this work to other developing nations and populations! More info What is needed to fulfill my dream? You guessed it – money!  Donate here to support this project.  All donations are tax deductible.  To learn more about this project, please visit (and Like/Share) the facebook page:

North Garden Farmer's Market

The North Garden Farmer's Market officially opens for the season on May 23rd . You'll find them on the site of Albemarle Cider Works, 2545 Rural Ridge Ln, North Garden, Virginia. Open from 3 to 7 rain or shine. Go get those veggies and fresh baked goods! And while you're there, make a donation to Open Hands to assist the market with expenses and with obtaining their very own non-profit status.

Individual Needs

The Holly Hermanson Carter Fund

Holly now has 1 or 2 surgeries ahead -- more repairs due to complications  from prior surgeries,  but has postponed chemotherapy for now. This scary choice may qualify her for a clinical trial. She continues with the greatest hope and trust for the best possible outcome. Meanwhile friends have stepped up and organized a fund raiser.  Save the date! February 16th at 4pm at the Fry Springs Beach Club. Because Holly remains limited in her ability to work and has mounting medical bills, her need for help and support remains greater than ever.  Holly's husband Lenny is also dealing with cancer,and so far holding his own.  More information is posted on Caring Bridge.

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, or retreat, or something that makes your life a little easier. This fund has also been used for tires; gas; rent; supplies. Donations to this account are most welcome.

Katherine Anne

Help Katherine cover medical expenses for pneumonia and ongoing health challenges. With your donation, she would be able to pay off medical expenses and debts accrued last winter when she was unable to work. She continues to see specialists for undiagnosed symptoms, and is eager to get back on her feet and serve our community.

Thomas Miller Fund

Thomas Miller has always responded to the needs of others, and now he and his family need help. He was injured when he apparently fell off the roof of a house. He was found unconscious on the ground and hospitalized with an intracranial bleed and broken bones, including his pelvis. His pelvis has healed, but problems from head trauma continue.  His wife was severely injured 10 years ago in an interstate car accident. She cannot work. They are both living with a daughter now.  Thomas has recently been reissued a driver's license, after completing a course at Woodrow Wilson. He is making slow progress, but he cannot work, and financial challenges continue.  His family needs about $5,000 to address present medical needs and other outstanding family expenses. Please donate as generously as you can.

SaBR (The Sarah Bordeau-Rigterink Fund)

Sarah has been working for four years toward becoming a certified professional midwife, through the Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education. She is currently in phase 3 of 4, and works with midwives at the Winding River Birth Center. She has also been dealing with chronic lyme for at least 4 years. As she is unable to work more than minimally, she has currently accumulated $17,000 in debt, which is still building daily due to basic life necessities and school. She has been able to pay most of her basic bills, and has been paying above the interest rate of her debt when possible.  She would like to be able to pay off her debts. She also needs the resources to explore alternative therapies for her illness. She would like to use Open Hands to receive donations to help her to offset some of the amount she owes, and to be able to explore avenues of healing that she has not been able to afford.

Mary Kate McDevitt

The last few years have been a very difficult financial time for Kate. In addition, her health insurance was cancelled with no warning last year. She has filed an appeal, upset with the way the insurance company handled it. The complaint is going to trial. She has a lot of medical costs, and no dental insurance. Your generosity will help her so much.

Ernie Kidd

Ernie has been working with a rheumatologist, and finds some symptoms have been relieved.  He has been able to work 4 or 5 sessions a week, sometimes 2 in 1 day. His doctor hopes to continue with a new treatment, but the cost is a real concern. Ernie is still very much in need to make ends meet.  Please contribute.  Read more

Friends: Long-Standing Accounts


Mariah enjoys her life with family, grandchildren, and friends after a very serious bout with cancer. She continues to put her unique and uplifting spin on any situation she finds herself in. We hold her in our hearts, and welcome all donations on her behalf. For more information click here.

The Noah Friedman Special Fund

Noah is enrolled at the Virginia Institute of Autism, and continues to practice hard to integrate helpful ways to interact in the world from his very special way of seeing it. Noah's parents walk this very difficult walk with him.


This wonderful fund collects money that goes to Chile specifically to buy children's shoes. It was initiated after the 2010 8.8 earthquake there, and has continued ever since.