Giving a Hand Up
 Not a Hand Out
Helping Hands Grateful Hearts

Supporting communities around the world by providing basic needs to impact their lives, give hope and the power to lift themselves out of poverty.

We aim to inspire other to be agents of change to end poverty.
Take a Glimpse at our Recent Years
The Experience 2022
The Build 2020

The Volunteers

Who We Are and What We Do

Our Projects

Building homes, playgrounds, community centers, early learning systems and most importantly, changing families and communities for the better.
Meet Our Community

Striving to help others help themselves, year after year.
Join Us On Our Next Trip!

An opportunity of a lifetime! Join our next build trip in December 2023. Learn the people, the country and the culture of Guatemala.

Read Our Blog

Personal accounts from those who have traveled on the build with us over the years. Get a taste for what the experience is like!

9 YEARS, 3 countries,  64 Houses, and over 200 volunteers

We at Helping Hands Grateful Hearts have been making an impact for almost 10 years. In that time, we have managed to build: 
  • 64 homes in a variety of communities
  • a new playground
  • a community center (including land purchase)
  • 2 school kitchens
In addition to building, we have touch the lives of so many more through:
  • delivered over $25,000 in food kits
  • funding construction for water collection systems
  • funded an early learning center
Join us, or donate today to help us continue to better the lives of those around the globe!

You can order Casey Conrad's Smart Start Book through Helping Hands Grateful Hearts. All proceeds go to helping families and communities in need.  Click here to purchase now (shipping included in rate).
A special thanks to Casey Conrad for making this happen!

Contact Susan Johnson for purchases outside these numbers.
Meet the Family that Started Helping Hands Grateful Hearts

The Johnson Family
Meet the founders!

In the early 2000's, Susan and Kevin thought that it was an important life lesson to take their children to a local food bank in their home town. The importance of helping others sank deep into the core of the Johnson family- from ambassador trips, to mission trips, and finally blossoming into the organization it is today: Helping Hands Grateful Hearts!
What others are saying...
Volunteers are at the heart of our organization!
Take a moment to meet some of our past volunteers, Diana, Shannon, and Colleen
I met the Johnson's in 2015 on their very first build.  It has been the most amazing experience ever. Sharing with people from different nationalities, ages and cultures has allowed me to understand that change doesn't come alone. We have worked with many communities and families. We have not changed the world but I am sure we have changed the world for them
                                              - Diana Mazariegos

A couple years ago, my friend/coworker talked so highly of her trips to Guatemala Helping Hands and Techo, so without hesitation I signed up! The entire experience was incredibly eye-opening, humbling, and life-changing.
                                              - Shannon O'Leary
Every member of Helping Hands Grateful Hearts and the Techo crew was so warm, patient, and supportive during not only the build, but every moment we spent together during the tourism portions of the trip. With their unending and genuine support, I ended up doing things I never thought I’d be able to do.
                                                      - Colleen King

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  • Mail: Helping Hands Grateful Hearts c/o Susan Johnson 624 Highway 139 Dandridge TN 23325
  • Business: 31 Kenyon Avenue, Wakefield, RI 02879
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