Our Programs

Our service monkeys are provided at no cost to our recipients.

Youth Education: Living Permanently Enabled

Staff TeachingSince 1998, Helping Hands has educated thousands of children about safety and ways to help prevent spinal cord injury by bringing informative and engaging educational programs to schools, camps, and youth groups.

Our newest program, “Living Permanently Enabled”, is a fun and lively 30- to 45-minute presentation focusing on disability awareness, traumatic injury prevention, and the concept of being permanently enabled in one’s own life.

Hands ActivityHelping Hands staff members describe our service animals, and then focus on teaching strategies for resilience and making the choice to live permanently enabled. Through interactive activities, film clips, photos and questions, our staff delivers a dynamic program promoting a message of resilience and awareness in an age-appropriate manner. Please note: we do not bring a service monkey to our presentations.

Currently, we must limit this program to the New England area. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a Helping Hands Youth Education Program for your classroom or organization, please email Elise Burgess or call 617-787-4419 ext. 105.

If you are interested in doing a supply/toy drive for Helping Hands, please see our wishlist.

If you are a student doing a project on Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers and are looking for information, please visit our Organizational FAQs and History sections on the About us page.

Resilience: your ability to come back after something has happened to you. Having a monkey could help you feel more able to do things and less needy or even a little bit happier.

-Student response to interactive question