The HHP is intentional in delivering excellence in our four areas of focus, allowing us to provide a unique and comprehensive value to those we serve. An important part of our work is developing a network composed of individuals and organizations that are passionate about what we do and can offer additional benefits to our constituents. Below are several ways you could support our organization, however this list is by no means comprehensive. Please contact us to learn more about one of the ways we’ve described, or if you have a different idea for how you can get involved.
We seek monetary contributions or physical resources. These typically include 3D printing material or parts for devices, food for our events, or space for the HHP to use. We are also actively seeking information about grants that can help us raise funds.
Volunteers generally fall into three categories: professional services, students, and community members. Examples of how some professions have made unique contributions to our organization in the past are:
Prosthetists and Orthotists can meet with families to offer guidance on device-related questions. They can help families take advantage of available resources for those with limb difference, and discuss best practices for building devices with student teams.
Counselors and Therapists (and others with a background in social care) can talk to families about non-device related challenges, such as navigating conversations with their child about being different in society.
Engineers can consult with student teams to help them take advantage of current technologies in device design.
"Makers" (those with a love for building things) can help with device assembly.
Public Relations professionals can help us share our stories with the public.
If you are a student and would like to get involved with our organization, you can join an existing chapter at your university or start one. Current chapters and their contact information are listed in the About Us page. If you want to learn more about how to start one at your school, please get in touch through the Contact Us page.
If you'd like to get involved, use the Contact Us form and tell us about yourself. If there is a local chapter nearby, we can connect you with them or find a way for you to support the non-profit organization directly.
Join Our Network
The HHP seeks to build relationships with other care-providing organizations that support the limb difference population. We have found they generally fall into two categories: healthcare providers and service providers. If you are a part of or know of an organization that would resonate with our mission, please reach out to us on the Contact Us page.
Healthcare Providers: Care networks serve as an important way to identify potential individuals who may benefit from being a part of the HHP community. Limb differences are rare enough that many individuals do not know anyone else with a similar condition. This is especially true for young children and their families, who can potentially benefit from the connections we can provide the most. We also want to equip clinicians, prosthetists, and orthotists with resources to best serve this population.
Service Providers: These organizations often provide support that falls outside what is offered by a traditional healthcare provider. By learning about these groups, we can develop partnerships and connect those in our network to their services. Examples of what our partnership with the eNABLE community and Bridge2Sports organizations look like are described below.
eNABLE Community: This is a global network of volunteers that build prosthetic devices for those with upper-limb differences. Their organization has tackled a large variety of cases and has an extensive library of device designs. Historically, we have leveraged their designs as we develop devices for recipients. We also offer more extensive support services beyond device delivery, meaning some of the eNABLE device recipients and members have joined our network. Read more about this organization here: enablingthefuture.org
Bridge2Sports: This is an organization that creates connections between individuals of all ages who have physical differences and sports. Their work is centered around making sports more accessible and developing communities to support those with differences. We have collaborated with them at our family support events to help children play sports that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Read more about this organization here: bridge2sports.org
Media and Publicity
Getting the word out about what we do is essential for the HHP to continue its growth as an organization - potential device beneficiaries can hear about us and contact us, we can expand and increase the diversity of our support network, and help us to develop stronger partnerships to improve our support of individuals in our organization. If you have an idea for how we can share our story, please reach out through the Contact Us page.