Hand in Hand Ministries

St. Albert the Great supports Hand in Hand Ministries in a variety of ways.  Throughout the year, St. Albert’s sponsors several collections.  Donated Gently Used Toys are collected the weekend following Christmas each year.  These toys are donated to Hand in Hand Ministries for children in Appalachia, Kentucky.  The weekend of Epiphany, St. Albert’s collects household cleaning supplies (see attached list).  These items as well are donated to families in need in Appalachia.  Providing financial support to Hand in Hand Ministries is also part of the Social Concerns Ministry at St. Albert the Great.

Immersion trips to to Appalachia, Belize and Nicaragua are offered throughout the year.  Hand in Hand Ministries states “The toughest trip you will ever take will be one of the greatest weeks of your life!”
Parish contact person:  For Immersion Trips to Belize and Nicaragua contact Cynthia Rigby gynerigby@hotmail.com
For Immersion Trips to Appalachia or local volunteer opportunities at Hand in Hand Ministries contact Carole Sutton carolesut@msn.com
Hand In Hand Ministries Contact:  Kevin Greenwood kevin@myhandinhand.org

Hand In Hand Ministries
http://www.myhandinhand.org/about-us/
Our Mission: We build strong communities and transform lives through cultural immersion, education, housing and health care.
Our Inspiration: We are an organization driven by faith in a loving God who embraces all people.
Our Vision: We believe that building strong communities around the world begins at home. We strengthen our own community by opening hearts and minds to the needs of others through our unique immersion trip program. We provide resources for the economically vulnerable through our on-going programs that focus on safe housing, education, and health care.
In all that we do, we seek to build community, one person, one family at a time.
Hand in Hand needs list

Donations of appliances, furniture, food and building materials for home repair are welcome. We are no longer accepting clothes. Please deliver to our Louisville, Kentucky office at 2225 Steier Lane
Louisville, KY 40218 during regular business hours Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Please call the office (502) 459.9930 to set up a drop-off time or to arrange a pick-up of large items by one of our volunteers.

All items should be in good, clean and working condition.

Appliances Small, good working condition
Baby Items Disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby food only
Building Materials for Home Repair  and Power Tools Please call to see if can be used
Cleaning Supplies
Food Non-perishable
Furniture Gently used, good condition, no tears or stains
Linens
Mattresses Twin, double, or queen > like new, no stains or tears
Paint, Paint Brushes, Paint Trays New only
Paper Products Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins
Personal Care Items Brushes, toothpaste, feminine products, etc.
Pillows New
Refrigerators
Stoves
Vanities
Washers and Dryers Electric only, good working conditions

Donated items are usually distributed to those in Appalachia first due to proximity and the expense of shipping to our international offices. Limited supplies are taken to Belize and Nicaragua by our immersion trip volunteers.