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Hands Across the Sea is dedicated
to raising the literacy levels
of Eastern Caribbean children
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Hands Across the Sea
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A Clear Vision
We are a group of people who believe in the life-changing power of reading and literacy. We believe that every child in the Eastern Caribbean should have access to a lending library of great books. We see that the Caribbean is a beautiful place, but we also see the real need to raise child literacy levels throughout the region. And we're doing everything in our power to change the child literacy landscape for the better.
. . . with Hands Wish Lists projects
The Hands Wish Lists are the foundation of our assistance. Each year, we ask educators which books and resources they need, we put their Wish Lists up for "adoption" on our website, and we do our utmost to fund and fulfill the requests. But this is a two-way street—we require buy-in from recipients. We insist upon full and proper utilization of the aid we send. And we require their commitment to sustaining the gains in literacy. For how we select Hands Wish Lists projects, please see our CLASS page.
. . .with Hands Literacy Links
Our Literacy Links are passionate, professional people (many are former educators) who live on-island and work closely with Hands Wish Lists projects to maximize gains in child literacy. We depend on our Literacy Links to help get book and resource shipments to their destination, for hands-on problem-solving and mentoring, and in finding and evaluating potential Hands Wish Lists projects.
. . . with authors and publishers
Every year, we purchase tens of thousands of new children's books from two dozen or so leading publishers (Hands Publishing Partners), and we work with—and are looking for—authors of children's books that are appropriate for Caribbean children. Do you have material that fits our needs? Contact us.
. . . with our logistics angels
Without our logistics angels—Harte-Hanks, Inc., AIT Worldwide Logistics, and Tropical Shipping—we woud not be able to get books to Caribbean kids. Please see our Hands Logistics Angels for more about these companies, and see our CLASS page for a quick primer on how we sort, pack, and ship.
. . . with Hands private donors
Much of our support comes from caring individuals. We are happy to channel a gift to a specific project, and we can connect donors with locals to visit or volunteer. Contact us anytime!
. . . with Hands corporate donors
We receive significant, multi-year support from corporate donors and foundations (see our Charitable Partners page). We are happy to publicize their generous funding and to connect members of their organization directly with the children and educators they are assisting.
Harriet Linskey
Executive Director • Hands Co-Founder

Harriet's responsibilities include developing relationships in the Eastern Caribbean, fundraising, overseeing the CLASS program, setting up the logistics infrastructure, managing finances and working with donors, recipients, volunteers and board members. She is a trained secondary education teacher with five years of experience teaching English, Journalism, and Art History in New Zealand and Japan. At a rural secondary school in New Zealand, Harriet led the refurbishment of a dismal library and saw firsthand how the addition of new and relevant books can inspire all levels of readers. Before co-founding Hands Across the Sea, Harriet was for 18 years a marketing and sales executive. Harriet has a B. A. from Yale and a Diploma of Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, New Zealand. e-mail Harriet

Tom "T.L." Linskey
Marketing Director • Hands Co-Founder

Tom Linskey uses his 30 years of writing, editing, and photography experience to design and update the Hands website and create print and video materials for Hands. Back in 1986 T.L. built his own sailboat and sailed it, with Harriet, from California to Mexico, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. T.L. also raced sailboats; he was a three-time world champion crewman in the Olympic 470 class and a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Yachting team. e-mail TL

Jennifer Spring
Operations Manager

With her can-do approach to nonprofit management, Jennifer Spring orchestrates the many moving parts of Hands Across the Sea—receipts, invoices, packing lists, state nonprofit filings, bank statements, and much more—to keep the organization lean and mean and in compliance as a U.S.-registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. Jennifer doesn't stop there—she is part of the Hands warehouse team sorting and packing about 50,000 new books for about 100 schools each year.
Hands Board of Directors
Ewart LeBlanc, Chairman
Xerox Executive (retired)
Allegra Asplundh-Smith
Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and Philanthropic Consultant
Patrick Henderson
Country Director for Dominica, U.S. Peace Corps (retired)
Margo Jeanchild
Chief of Training, U.S. Peace Corps (retired)
Damian Knecht
Fifth grade public school teacher, Loudoun County, Virginia
Hannah Knecht
Sixth grade history teacher, Loudoun County, Virginia

Harriet Linskey
Co-founder and Executive Director, Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
Tom "T.L." Linskey
Co-founder and Marketing Director, Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
Pamela R. Milner, Esq.
President, The Milner Law Group

Mauricia Puckerin
Graduate Student in Non-Profit Management
Scott Spring
Consumer Engagement Director, CVS Caremark
Jim Thomsen
Circumnavigator, adventurer, humanitarian
Katie Thomsen
Circumnavigator, adventurer, humanitarian

Hands Advisors
Shermaine Bardouille Learning Support Advisor, Ministry of Education, Dominica
Amanda Dombach Former Program & Operations Director, Hands Across the Sea
Jeremiah Hyacinth Founder and CEO, World Scholar and Uni-Recruitment, Inc.
Oonya Kempadoo Social Development Researcher (Caribbean and England)
Harry Klein Marketing Consultant
Angela Mariatte Curriculum Specialist for Literacy, Ministry of Education, St. Lucia
Kathy Oberle Founder, Boaters for Books
Hands Annual Report
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