Since 1980, Open Hands has supported and provided initiative for many special projects.  While we know that it takes many, many hands to complete big tasks, please feel free to reference the works we have participated in, which are listed below.

Active public projects supported by your donations are here.

Individuals who have used the services of Open Hands in the past because of personal life situations are not listed.

  • Afghan Humanitarian Parole
  • Project Adelante
  • StepForward
  • Hospice of the Piedmont
  • Inepe, an alternative school in a barrio of Quito, Equador
  • Ian Robertson Fund
  • Tibetan Resettlement Project
  • Wintergreen Ski Adaptive Program
  • Creative and Healing Arts Institute
  • Nursing Students without Borders
  • A pilot Adult Day Care Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Blue Cliff Society, a Buddhist education group
  • Centrum, a multi-disciplinary health care experiment
  • The Prometheus Project, counseling for trauma survivors
  • Joshua Tree Stress Reduction Center
  • Heaven on Earth, a book on Waldorf-inspired early childhood education
  • The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour in Charlottesville
  • Compassionate Clowns in Charlottesville
  • Creating Coherence, a pilot program providing scholarships for underserved populations to learn transcendental meditation
  • 3-year renewal project for the helping professional, the Atum Workshops
  • The Caregiver Fund
  • Nepali for Nepali, an NGO providing earthquake relief
  • Blue Ridge Sufi Community
  • Mapuche Project, shoes for children in Chile
  • Shoemaking Project, Sierra Leone
  • Bahamian Bush Medicine (formerly San Salvador Ethnobotanical Project)
  • Honduran Hurricane Relief
  • Rocky Mountain Eco Dharma Retreat Center
  • Nepal School Supply Fund
  • Nepal Education Fund
  • McIntire Botanical Garden
  • Botanica Herbs and Healing
  • North Garden Farmer’s Market
  • Accessible Yoga for Children with Autism Around the World

Mission Statement:  Our interest is in serving:

  • people who are challenged by a life situation,  illness,  old age, or dying
  • the care of the health care professional
  • the activities of volunteers
  • education and research in related areas