Little Hands Can Mission Statement
Little Hands Can is dedicated to
inspiring and empowering children to
better their communities by
connecting them with
local service opportunities.
Little Hands Can history
Little Hands Can started with two moms who love their kids and want them to help others. Not finding many organizations that accepted toddler-age volunteers, they decide to create an organization that would seek out service opportunities that young children could do and make them accessible to as many families as possible. Little Hands Can's first community event was held July 2015 at Skinner's Butte Park putting together mini first aid kits for the Eugene Mission. Since then we've expanded to include many more community events as well as other programs ranging from an afterschool program to playdates to summer camps to school/church visits and more. We also keep the website stocked with easy service ideas for families to do on their own time as well as great examples of kids doing service so that any child anywhere can feel like they can do something to help others.
Little Hands Can team
Miriam, Executive Director
Miriam came up with the idea for Little Hands Can as a way of teaching her inquisitive girls about social issues through hands on service. She teaches Sociology at the college level but sees the need for children in the community to learn about the world around them and that as small as their hands may be, they can make a difference.
Miriam oversees just about everything at Little Hands Can. She can often be found meeting with potential collaborators, volunteers, and donors in an effort to widen the reach of Little Hands Can. She also manages the Little Hands Can Afterschool Program. She brings her expertise in social research to Little Hands Can in ensuring that the programs are benefiting both the children and our community as intended.
Miriam enjoys running, swimming, hiking and, most importantly, spending time with her husband and two girls.
Mandi, Managing Director
Mandi co-founded Little Hands Can with Miriam in 2015 as a way of ensuring that her children develop the same love of service and compassion that she was raised with.
A designer by trade, Mandi brings creativity to Little Hands Can both graphically in promotional materials and website design and schematically in shaping the ever-expanding reach of the organization. She also manages the Little Hands Can (be) Happy Helpers playdates program.
Mandi and Miriam often have their most productive meetings while running together at Alton Baker Park. Mandi loves to spend time with her family, especially when committing random acts of kindness together.
Edon, Development Director
Edon volunteers with Little Hands Can as the Development Director. She has professional fundraising experience working with non-profits in the Chicago area, with an emphasis in grant writing and special events. Edon holds a masters degree in Human Relations and Business and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
In her spare time, Edon enjoys yoga, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and children. Edon says that the best part of working with Little Hands Can is watching her children find joy in serving others.
KELLI, VP Board of Directors & Simple Service Blogger
Kelli started with Little Hands Can as a volunteer weekly blogger writing about fun and simple ways to get children involved in their community. Her passion for children and empowering them to make a difference in the world contributed to her desire to join LHC's board. Her excitement for their cause grows every day!
Kelli has spent 20 years in the technology industry, most recently as Program Director for Dynamics Research Corporation. She holds a degree in management with an emphasis in project management. She brings expertise in technology, finance, management and human resources to the LHC organization.
Kelli is married with an 18 year old son and a 2 year old daughter who have taught her how to slow down and appreciate every moment with them. She enjoys running, crafting and spending time with her family.
Taylor, TREASURER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Taylor is the financial wizard of Little Hands Can. He is originally from Southeastern Idaho but he and his wife, Hilary, and son, Knox, love the northwest. Taylor graduated from Idaho State University in 2014 with degrees in Accounting and Finance. He currently works for Moss Adams LLP, a public accounting firm.
Taylor enjoys doing pretty much anything outdoors and with his family. He really enjoys going backpacking, camping, binge watching TV shows and finding new places to eat out at. Taylor loves being around kids and the energy that they bring to life.
Taylor joined Little Hands Can in 2016. He loves being able to see the change that kids make in the world and that is what he hopes to continue to help with Little Hands Can.
Charlene, Board of Directors
Charlene joined the Board of Directors for Little Hands Can as a volunteer, event participant and planner in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master's of Arts in Organizational Management, having worked in multiple roles in Healthcare for the last 40 years.
She decided to join Little Hands Can with the belief that one person, how ever small the effort, can effect change.
In her spare time, Charlene enjoys being outside on sunny days, reading and crocheting.