How much time does it take?
If you want a transformational experience count on three hours. See ‘Helping Hands process’ for details. If you have less time, not to worry, you can still build and donate the hands in as little as 1.5 hours.
What is the difference between Helping Hands ‘Live’ and the Build-a-Hand Teambuilding kit? The former is a turn-key program, expertly facilitated by Odyssey Teams, the latter is a do-it-yourself kit that includes everything you’ll need to facilitate on your own.
Should we keep the building of the hands a surprise for the attendees? Yes. It is not required but recommended. This allows us to use the process more powerfully as a business simulation.
How much space is needed? Enough to fit your guests in chairs and tables.
What else is needed for room set-up? Projector/Screen for PowerPoint, Sound, Lavalier Microphone for groups over 50. Handheld microphone(s) for groups over 50 for report-outs. A program summary/logistics document will be sent and reviewed with one of our Senior Logistics Coordinators.
How many hands will we build? The ratio we use and recommend is one hand for every three participants. If tables are set for six people, we put out supplies for two hands. A table of nine will have three, etc. Since one of the over-arching goals is to promote collaboration, the objective is normally set to operate as ONE TEAM, which includes EVERYONE in the room. To this extent, they may look at processes to build ALL the hands in the room with a variety of configurations, people moving, helping, etc.
Where do the hands go? Following your program, the hands are shipped back to our headquarters for another quality test/check. When complete, they are sent to the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand foundation for distribution. The hands are sent to countries where residents do not have access to prosthetic devices. As of June, 2014, the hands have been distributed to over 70 countries.
Do we know who will receive our hand? At this time, we cannot track individual hands to recipients and provide information back to their makers. However, we ask people doing the fittings to take a photo, gather information and send it back to us. These photos are making their way to the photo gallery of recipients on this web page. There IS a possibility, though remote, that you might recognize the carrying case you designed being held by a recipient in the gallery.
Do you provide the Helping Hands program to youth groups and other non-profits at a discounted rate? Absolutely. Please inquire.
Can I make a donation? By all means. Your donation will go directly to the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation (5013c) and help fund new design and distribution efforts.