||the super people
and companies assisting Hands...
Through the generous assistance of
Jeanne Shaunessy, Managing Director of the Harte-Hanks
facility in East
Amadeo Moniz, a key member the of
warehouse team, helps get thousands of great new books
from Hands to the Caribbean
Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and Mary Norton, her assistant,
Hands has a "temporary home" for purchased books
and teaching resources prior to their pick up by AIT Worldwide
and delivery to Tropical Shipping. At the Harte-Hanks warehouse,
Gerry Tucker, Inventory Supervisor, and Amadeo Moniz, Inventory
Clerk, receive and palletize hundreds of boxes containing
books and school supplies. Harte-Hanks
serves as a crucial central staging area and an important
gateway in getting the books to their final destination: Caribbean
Hands Across the Sea owes a huge thanks
to Ray Vargo and Carl Menisi of AIT
Worldwide. A truck from AIT Worldwide picks up and delivers
thousands of pounds of books from the Harte-Hanks facility
in Massachusetts to the Florida loading dock of Tropical Shipping.
The AIT drivers are invariably enthusiastic, hardworking,
and efficient they're fun to work with!
Shipping thousands of books safely
and quickly from the States to multiple island destinations
in the Eastern Caribbean is vital to the Hands Across the
Sea mission. Tropical
Shipping, for over 40 years the leader in ocean shipping
to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, has generously partnered
with BFB and Hands to make sure our donated books and teaching
resources not only reach the right ports on time but have
the proper documentation to sail smoothly past potential
port and customs delays. With 15 ships and over 12,000 containers
in their arsenal, Tropical Shipping makes it happen!
United States Peace Corps
driver picking up books to deliver to
Hands Across the Sea assists U.S.
Peace Corps Volunteers across the Eastern Caribbean by
helping them get books and other learning resources. Peace
Corps Volunteers, whose two-year service gives them the chance
to develop sustainable literacy programs in local schools
and communities, are a great fit with the mission of Hands
Across the Sea.
The Sandals Foundation
Hands has joined forces with the Sandals
Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals
Resorts International, in their efforts to assist Caribbean
schools and after-school programs for young students.
Hands Across the Sea has assisted
Scott Hill, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer who served
on the island of St. Lucia
Open Books Open Minds
Hands Across the Sea works in partnership with the non-governmental
Books Open Minds, which is doing a great job refurbishing
school libraries on the island of Dominica.
Boaters for Books Hands
Across the Sea is very proud to have Boaters
for Books aboard as a
non-profit partner committed to improving literacy in the
Caribbean. The mission of Boaters for Books, whose all-volunteer
crew has compiled a fabulous track record of assisting numerous
schools and libraries in over a dozen islands in the West
Indies since 1999, is a perfect fit for Hands. Boaters for
Books has made a major impact throughout the Caribbean and
has blazed a trail for Hands and other aid groups in the islands.
Books founder Kathy Oberle has made a huge difference
to thousands of Caribbean school children
some other great organizations
we work with...
a number of Eastern Caribbean islands, we've seen the Roving
Caregivers Programme, which addresses the developmental
needs of newborn to three-year-old children in rural communities,
at work. In the Eastern Caribbean,
on the island of Anguilla, we've met with Runway
Anguilla, a local group that is doing great work
assisting the local community, including
providing funding for the development of after-school
youth centers which give kids a constructive, creative
outlet for their energies. And on the island of Dominica,
we've worked with Chris Lawrence, a learning consultant who
does wonderful things for
local schools and teachers. Be sure to check out her high-energy
website full of great ideas,
In looking for partner organizations
we've discovered that using a boat to bring help to communities
in need is unusual but not
unprecedented. For example, Captain Mark Drewelow, founder
of YachtAid Global,
utilizes world-cruising yachts to bring books and other resources
to out-of-the-way places. We
hope someday to have the opportunity to work with additional
groups as we continue the Hands mission of raising the literacy
levels of children in Caribbean schools and communities.
The Roving Caregivers Programme
ways you can work with Hands...
how to donate
Cash donations can be made through a
check made out to "Hands Across the Sea, Inc." and
mailed to Hands Across the Sea, Inc., 651 Orchard Street,
Suite 203, New Bedford, MA 02744.
Or you can donate via the secure PayPal interface on the Donate
to Hands page. If you have a specific school or project
you'd like to "adopt," please tell us in the Comments
section of the PayPal interface or on your check. You'll help
us fulfill the specific Wish Lists
of our recipients.
how to donate books to
If you'd like to donate new and nearly
new books, please go to our Hands
Book Drop page or contact
purchase books for Hands
If you'd like to help us purchase
nearly new children's books at a Friends of the Library Sale,
please contact us!
sort or pack books for Hands
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