Build a Hand!

The Helping Hands Project

Build a Hand! The Helping Hands Project™ is about learning, inspiring your team, and giving back. Helping Hands challenges teams to accesses the potential of the hand parts to build an actual prosthetic hand, a better team, a better company, and a better world. In this globally recognized corporate “give back activity” your team constructs prosthetic hands that are needed by thousands of amputees around the world who cannot afford such a life changing device. The Helping Hands “give back activity” uses adult learning theory and experiential activities to guide your corporate team towards modeling true collaboration, commitment, and quality. Giving your best in the Helping Hands Project is born from a deeper sense of dedication and caring about the eventual customer. With the recipient in mind and the “Why” of their work taking center stage, the impact is real for everyone.

Join hundreds of other organizations and tens of thousands of participants who have experienced this powerful, team building program. Groups have donated and built over 24,000 hands that have been delivered to amputees in more than 75 developing countries. Life changing moments are created while learning valuable lessons in purpose-driven work, customer centered thinking, secrets of collaboration, and many more critical teaming skills.

This inspirational team building program is available in both Helping Hands LIVE (with expert Odyssey Teams facilitation) and our DIY Build-a-Hand Team building kit, that invites you to lead the way.

75
Countries Touched
23000
Hands Made
250000
Lives Changed

Helping Hands Live is the award-winning, turn-key program facilitated by Odyssey Teams.
It is an Odyssey and client favorite. Nothing comes close to making an impact inside and out of your organization.

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Helping Hands Live Program

The Helping Hands Live Process

Before the Helping Hands event:

All of our give back activities start by identifying the specific business goals and values that each team building event will deliver upon. We also wish to address any individual behavior issues of your team. This is accomplished with a meeting between key stakeholders, or organizers, and an Odyssey Teams lead facilitator.

During Helping Hands event:

Session I – Icebreaker /Introduction: This powerful beginning sets a strong context for group participation, engagement, and application related to the specific business values and individual behaviors of your team as identified in the meeting before the event. Communication, engagement, purpose-driven work, and customer centered thinking are a few of the underpinnings for success that the Helping Hands program is about.  Whether you book a live program, or purchase a DIY kit, the team building benefits are endless.

Session II – Milestone activities and ART improvement:  A wareness of R eflexive T endencies (ART™) is used to pinpoint the reflexive strengths and areas for improvement that team members amass while under pressure. Participants engage in a series of brief get-out-of-your-seat challenges to determine areas requiring a more deliberate approach to mediate the teams’ results, relationships, and work process. These activities prepare team members to deliver on-time, with quality, and a deeper sense of purpose.

Session III – Achieving inspiring performances: Up until now, team members do not know what their project is. We recommend keeping Helping Hands a surprise in order to catch participants in their natural personalities. The Pre-Build Video (see video on this page) is then screened. It describes their business simulation or project. At this point, they understand the value of the Helping Hands project, the value of their time, and the value of your organizations commitment to doing something REALLY valuable. At a ratio of three team members to one hand, everyone is given the over-arching challenges to complete:

  • Construct all the prosthetic hands in the event by a certain time
  • Decorate the protective carrying case the hand goes in with imaginative creativity
  • Reiterate and demonstrate the values, virtues, and lessons derived at the start of the program
  • Take a photo of your team building in progress and one with your finished hand. The first one is for you and the second one will be printed and inserted into the protective carrying case with the finished hand. Then the whole package is donated to the recipient.

Session IV – Debriefing /Transference: At the end of the build, the Post Build Video is played (See video this page). This generates a powerful emotional response and connects the participants to what they have done, and how and WHY they have done it. The Odyssey Team Facilitator then asks them to connect these revelations with who the participant is, what they do in their job, and the purpose behind their work. Concepts such as collaboration, communication, customer centered thinking, quality, sense of purpose, etc. are discussed and galvanized in this final debrief. This is, hands down, the most powerful part of the give back activity.

Session V – Reinforcement of work values for long-term results. The final debrief shifts something inside the attendees. A new paradigm is created centered around what is possible through attendees’ actions and commitments.

Session VI – Tipping Points™ – Tipping Points are original quotes, lessons, and comments penned by the teams at the end of the program. One originally authored quote per day is emailed to the entire group, to reinforce the team building message of the program.

Session VII – Closing remarks

The Why of Our Work

Half-way through the first time I assembled a LN-4 hand, a huge realization hit me. It dawned on me that I was using my hands to create something for someone who does not have a hand – a simple fact that I had forgotten while in the ‘doing’ of the assembly. From this moment on, my attention, compassion, and care for what I was doing was significantly amplified. This feeling continues to permeate in all of the little things I do each day in Odyssey; such as, writing a Helping Hands proposal, packing supplies for a program etc. For the past 3 years when facilitating Helping Hands sessions, I’m always on the lookout to notice people and when/if they have a realization similar to mine. In the midst of the fun, engagement, and learning people always leave our sessions feeling more connected and aligned as a team and ambitious for what’s next – in the Helping Hands session it seems they also leave with a profound sense of gratitude and humility – I like that.

Todd Demorest, Lead Facilitator,

Odyssey Teams, Inc.

FAQ

How long does the give back activity last? If you want a truly inspirational experience be sure to set aside at least three hours. See the ’Helping Hands process’ for details. If you don’t have that much time, you can still construct the prosthetic hands in a meeting as short as an hour and a half.

Is there a difference between Helping Hands’ and the Build-a-Hand Team building kit? Helping Hands is a turn-key live team building program, complete with an Odyssey Teams facilitator. The team building kit is a do-it-yourself kit that includes everything you’ll need to facilitate your own give back activity.

Does the building of the prosthetic hands have to be a surprise for the attendees? Yes. It is not required, but we recommend it. This allows the facilitators to use the process more powerfully as a corporate team building simulation.

Do we need a lot of space? Just enough to fit the participants in chairs and tables to work on.

Do we need anything else for the event? To reinforce the team building you will need a Projector/Screen for PowerPoint and Sound equipment. A lavalier microphone for groups over 50 and a handheld microphone(s) for groups over 50 for report-outs during debriefing. A corporate give back activity summary will be sent and reviewed with one of our senior logistics coordinators.

Is there a limit to the number of hands we can build? The ratio Odyssey Teams use and recommends is one hand for every three attendees. The over-arching goal is to promote clear communication and collaboration. The objective should be set to operate as one team, which includes everyone in the room. With this goal in mind participants may look at processes to build ALL the hands in the room at once. There are a variety of team building configurations with people moving and helping that can get this task accomplished.

Who receives the prosthetic hands? At the end of the team building event, the hands are shipped back to Odyssey Teams main office for a final quality check. After this, they are sent to the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand foundation for distribution. The hands are sent to third world countries where residents don’t have access to prosthetic devices due to income.

Will we find out who gets our hand? Unfortunately, we are unable to track individual hands to recipients. However, we do ask the volunteers doing the fittings to take photos, gather information, and send as much as they can back to us. Many of these photos can be seen on the photo gallery of this webpage. Though remote, there is the chance that you recognize the carrying case you designed being held by a recipient in our photo gallery.

Are there discounted rates for youth groups and other non-profits? Absolutely. We offer discounts for all give back activities including Life Cycles, Board Meeting, and They Playhouse Challenge. Please inquire.

Can I make a donation? Please do. Your donation goes directly to the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation (5013c). It helps fund new design and distribution efforts.

The Results are Clear: 23,000 Hands to Over 75 Countries

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