Mano a Mano’s mission is “Partnering together – Hand in Hand – to transform the health and well-being of Bolivian communities in need.”

Mano a Mano staff and local leaders celebrate the completion of their new school in Kaspicancha Alta, Bolivia in April 2023.

Every Mano a Mano community project in Bolivia is a partnership: with the local community; their Municipal government; Mano a Mano staff and volunteers in Bolivia; and Mano a Mano staff, volunteers, and donors in the US.

We want to highlight a few of the local partnerships in the US and our recent activities that are as core to our model as our partnerships in Bolivia:

HERO Fargo

We are always happy to partner with HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization and share supplies that fit best for each of our programs!

“Ask and you shall receive ‼️

Larry & Georgia traveled to Mano a Mano International in St. Paul, MN yesterday and came back with a haul! Words cannot express our gratitude toward Mano A Mano, everything they do for HERO and as a mission is extraordinary!”

HERO’s Facebook page – August 2023

Reuse Minnesota

We were happy to be able to take part in the recent tour of MSP Airport with Reuse Minnesota and ARM (Association of Recycling Managers) highlighting the Metropolitan Airport Commission waste diversion programs, and also be able to share a little more about Mano a Mano at the meeting! (We will also be at their booth at the State Fair, and hosting a tour at Mano a Mano in October.)


Mobility equipment such as wheelchairs are in very high demand for our programs in Bolivia, and we are grateful to be able to regularly partner with MATTER to source these much-needed items (like last week).

Wheelchairs from MATTER at the Mano a Mano warehouse, September 2022.

Metro State

Next week we will start hosting our Fall 2023 Social Work field placement interns from Metro State.

Our 7 Metro State Social Work interns and St. Kate’s Community Leaders intern from the Fall 2022 semester.

Mano a Mano has been happy to be a field placement site for Metro State’s Social Work program for the past 5+ years. This video below was made in partnership with TPT in 2019 highlighting this partnership, and the importance of social work to Mano a Mano as an organization.

Frogtown Green

Thanks to Patricia and Frogtown Green for helping make our front parking lot garden look better. (We also have a pollinator garden on the side of our warehouse.)

Frogtown Green volunteers working on Mano a Mano’s front garden, summer 2023.
Mano a Mano’s “Awesome Pollinator Garden” on the side of our warehouse building.

Our In-Person & Remote Volunteers

In addition to the organizations that we partner with, we rely on our many volunteers that come to our St. Paul warehouse in-person to support our Recovered Resources program and those that help on remote work such as research, fundraising, and communications.

Volunteers loading 3 40-foot containers with medical supplies, mobility equipment, and other items for Bolivia at our St. Paul warehouse in early August 2023.

2022 Annual Report

Mano a Mano volunteers spent 16,687 hours working with us in 2022; 4,433 hours were spent working in our Saint Paul, Minnesota warehouse: picking up donations of supplies, sorting and organizing donations, distributing supplies locally, and helping load containers for shipment to Bolivia and elsewhere. In addition to our core volunteers that are regulars, we also hosted 7 social work interns from Metro State University for the Fall 2022 semester and hosted a student worker through St. Kate’s Community Work & Learning. There are also many people that spend time supporting Mano a Mano beyond our Recovered Resources program: helping raise funds for our work across our 5 counterpart organizations in Bolivia and Minnesota; doing research projects; translating Mano a Mano information; spreading the word and making connections; and serving on our Board; among other projects.

We are so grateful to receive The Presidents’ Community Partner Award from St. Catherine University earlier this year! “The Presidents’ Community Partner Award is for a community-based individual or organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways.”

Read our full 2022 Annual Report here.