Helping Hands Monkey Helpers

In June 2020, I became a member of the Board of Directors for Helping Hands Monkey Helpers.  I was introduced to this organization by a friend when they were looking to embark on a project to renovate their site.  That was in 2018.  Over the next year and a half, I got to know the organization, their mission, their history and the challenges they face in the future.  The experience touched me and made me realize how much in my life I have to be grateful for.

Helping Hands started as a non-profit dedicated to helping people with mobility issues by providing carefully bred and trained service monkeys.  These little Capuchins with their nimble fingers can help with so many things disabled people struggle with in daily life.  But maybe even more importantly, they touch hearts in a way only animals can.  The positive effects an animal can have on your well-being are well documented.  Sometimes, even the smallest of creatures – can make the biggest change in someone’s life.

The experience got me thinking about the debt we owe animals, especially monkeys, who have contributed so much to our own well-being.  Not only are they are loyal and loving companions, but they have been in service to us for eons.  From pulling our wagons and plowing our fields, to guarding our homes and participating in our sports, animals have played a key role in our success.  Even today, animals are used in service of people in so many ways – from service dogs to lab research, we rely on these creatures day in and day out.

One thing I’ve learned in my career in the biotech community is the power of giving back.  As a member of the board, I am helping this organization to pave a new path for their future.  I am contributing every day to the lives of these wonderful monkeys who have helped so many people in their careers as monkey helpers.  And as a part of the biotechnology industry, I feel it is especially important to give animals, especially those who have provided a lifetime of service to us, the care that they deserve.

I am looking towards a bright future for Helping Hands and all the hard working monkeys.  I am hoping that with my board involvement, and representation via Hereva, we can help others to see how by giving just a little back we can all pay it forward.

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