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About Us

Our mission

To work with below poverty level communities around the world by providing basic needs to impact their lives, give hope and the power to bring themselves out of poverty.

Our vision

Our nonprofit organization aims to inspire others to be agents of social change to help end poverty.

OUR APPROACH

In-Country Partnerships

HHGH seeks in-country partners to work on the ground in order to successfully identify impactful and meaningful projects through our local partners.

Volunteers

Our volunteers are an important part of every mission trip. They are the backbone of our efforts in making our builds a success. HHGH engages with community leaders, corporate institutions and universities to build a volunteer base to meet our annual build and social tourism efforts that also contribute to local economies. We also welcome students, families, and individuals looking to make a difference in their lives and others.

Donors

Our HHGH´s team is committed to work year round to raise funds to achieve two mission trips a year to build homes, secure water and food for underprivileged families in Central and South America. We work with individuals, corporations, churches and other stakeholders interested in joining our cause to help others help themselves.

CORE VALUES

Inspiration through personal interaction

We put an emphasis on the giving in many ways, personal and cultural exchanges, fundraising, educational support, and caring for one another as a way to inspire others.

Transparency of projects and funding

Our organization puts an emphasis on sharing insights from communities, volunteers, donors and openness of how and where donations are used.

Integrity of our actions large and small

We highlight the importance of working with the communities as equals, offering a hand-up and not giving a hand-out, high standards and expectations of volunteers.

Innovation for maximum impact

Promote the willingness to strive to improve impact, growth, interactions, and explore innovative methods to achieve results with high standards.

A VOLUNTEER´S EXPERIENCE

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MEET THE TEAM

Susan Johnson

President

I have been involved in community service for over 30 years. Our family made a commitment and a priority giving back to those in need around the world. Serving hasn’t impacted my life, serving is my life. It is part of my DNA. It’s what makes me get up every morning and tackle my to do list. 

Giving back, no matter how great or how small, has a positive impact on someone else. Something as easy as a smile, might brighten someone else’s day. Knowing that if you work at it, build it, share it and have it be a part of your life and family, it means more lives can be impacted. You not only help those who may need a hand up but you and your family become role models who inspire others to serve or give back. That motivates me to do more. That’s impact!

“GIVING BACK, NO MATTER HOW GREAT OR HOW SMALL, HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON SOMEONE ELSE.”

Cameron Johnson

Co-Vice President

From an early age, my parents stressed the importance of making myself available to assist the world around us. Despite having been raised in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the United States, that never stopped me from having far reaching dreams of making sure that I will leave the world a better place than what I was born into.

”I WILL LEAVE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE THAN WHAT I WAS BORN INTO.”

Kaitlin Johnson

Co-Vice President

Serving others has always been a priority. I grew up understanding that helping those in need should be a natural extension of every person´s responsibility. For years, I have been involved in community service in my hometown and in other countries. Every experience has left me with new friendships, heartwarming memories and a profound sense of purpose to continue to do good for others.

“HELPING THOSE IN NEED SHOULD BE A NATURAL EXTENSION OF EVERY PERSON´S RESPONSABILITY.”

Kevin Johnson

Secretary and Head of Advisory Committee

Since I was young, I’ve always felt a desire to help others to be the best that they could, whether that be in the moment or for the long haul. I’m not completely sure of all the reasons why this brings me satisfaction, but for certain my experiences with “helping others” has always resulted in mutual benefit. Mutual in that by sharing whatever I can – skills, knowledge, experience, resources, time, attention, encouragement and love…I always feel as if I get back more in return. Some of my best friendships and most powerful interactions have come in these moments, and I am blessed to be afforded those opportunities through Helping Hands, Grateful Hearts.

I am a professional with a 34 –year career with multinationals, including Siemens, Bayer, Ciba, Corning, Chiron and Morton Thiokol. The majority of my career has been as a Director in the healthcare industry.

“HELPING OTHERS HAS ALWAYS RESULTED IN MUTUAL BENEFIT.”

meet the advisory committee

Mildred Espinoza

Espinoza is a two- time Emmy-Award winning journalist and television executive that spent over 15 years in the broadcast industry in New York City. She is the recipient of a silver medal presented to her by the United Nations Correspondent ́s Association for her coverage on sustainability, climate change and tourism in Honduras.

She is the recipient of a Journalism Scholarship from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In the past, Espinoza has been recognized as a leading business executive and newswoman by international media outlets. She was named “Newswoman of the Week” by CNN en Español and by the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW-International), an organization in more than 80 countries around the globe.

Click here to view her full bio. 

"the Sky is the Limit"

CASEY CONRAD

Helping people improve the quality of their lives has been the mission behind the BEMER technology since its’ inception in 1998. Therefore, getting behind the mission and vision of Helping Hands, Grateful Heart was a natural extension. The BEMER community has been extraordinarily generous with both financial donations as well as bringing a team of people to actually participate. “Life changing” was the sentiment from all that went on last year’s mission. No doubt more will continue to join this incredible project. Add to all of this that I get to witness all the hard work that my sister and her family have put into making this organization a reality and all i can say is “It’s a pleasure to serve.”
Casey Conrad Northeast Regional Director, BEMER, USA

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Thank you to all our partners for helping us make this a better world by breaking the cycle of poverty.

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