Hands Across the Americas

About Us

Hands Across the Americas was founded in 1996 by Jennifer M. Diamond, Steven S. Diamond, Maria Isabel Rattell and Ronald Rattell, with a mission to empower children and their families to escape poverty through education, access to healthcare and economic development in communities throughout the Americas. Hands Across the Americas is a 501(C3) not -for-profit-non-sectarian organization with no political, religious or social agenda.

For the past 18 years, Hands Across the Americas has provided aid in the United States, Peru, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Bolivia, and Ecuador. To date, the organization has provided medical care to over 50,000 people and donated over $4,000,000 worth of medicine, medical equipment, medical supplies, personal care products, shelter, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and computers to those in need. Monetary donations have also been made to the following charities within Maryland and the United States.

  • 2001 The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
  • 2002 The House of Ruth
  • 2003 St. Francis Center for the Homeless
  • 2004 St. Clare Medical Outreach
  • 2005 The Ben Carson Scholarship Fund

Hands Across the Americas is made up of over 200 volunteers who share a passion and commitment to helping others who are less fortunate than ourselves. We offer our time, talent, and treasure to assist those people living in extreme poverty and have limited access to medical care. During annual medical missions, our teams of doctors, physician assistants, nurses and other volunteers perform operations, conduct routine medical exams and lab tests, take x-rays, dispense medicine and offer caring attention.

In addition to medical support, Hands Across the Americas sponsors several programs to educate people on how to take preventative measures to improve their health to live productive lives.

Meet the Founders

Meet the FoundersJennifer M. Diamond, a devoted mother of five children, grandmother, President of Synergy Home Care, was born in Arequipa , Peru and cane to the United States in 1966. Since childhood, she dreamed of creating an organization to alleviate the suffering of people living in poverty which she witnessed growing up in her hometown. She called on close family friends, Isabel and Ronald Rattell in the spring of 1996 and Hands Across the Americas was founded with a mission to help underprivileged children and their families in the Americas. After her family, her desire to help the poor and the suffering is the most important calling in her life. Read more ...

Board of Directors

In 1996, Jennifer & Steven Diamond and Isabel & Ron Rattell founded Hands Across the Americas . Our goal is simply to improve the quality of life and healthcare for people living in poverty within the Americas. Read more ...

Humanitarian Awards

Humanitarian AwardsEach year Hands Across the Americas honors an individual or individuals who give their valuable time and professional talents to the needy in communities in the United States and abroad. Read more ...