Lori LaFave, made lives better in small, consistent ways. It is with that same humble and giving spirit that Lori's Hands volunteers serve their communities. Lori, who lived in Voorheesville, NY, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and died in 2003. Lori's daughter, Sarah, founded Lori's Hands in her memory during Sarah's sophomore year at the University of Delaware.

Lori LaFave, made lives better in small, consistent ways. It is with that same humble and giving spirit that Lori's Hands volunteers serve their communities. Lori, who lived in Voorheesville, NY, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and died in 2003. Lori's daughter, Sarah, founded Lori's Hands in her memory during Sarah's sophomore year at the University of Delaware.

Lori's daughter, Sarah, and Sarah's friends at UD aimed to create a meaningful volunteer experience for college students and to improve quality of life for people living with chronic illness. Our mission has since evolved to accomplish both of those things in the context of service learning, in hopes of also transforming students' understanding of chronic illness and community health. 

Lori's daughter, Sarah, and Sarah's friends at UD aimed to create a meaningful volunteer experience for college students and to improve quality of life for people living with chronic illness. Our mission has since evolved to accomplish both of those things in the context of service learning, in hopes of also transforming students' understanding of chronic illness and community health. 

Our Mission: Lori’s Hands transforms students’ understanding of community health by matching them with individuals living with chronic illness in meaningful, helping relationships. Community members receive in-home support and, in turn, educate next-generation health leaders about the experience of living with chronic illness.

Our Vision: Lori's Hands envisions a world in which all individuals diagnosed with chronic illness can achieve high quality of life while aging in place in their communities.

What We Do: Lori's Hands college student volunteers provide in-home support to people with chronic illnesses like cancer, MS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and heart failure. While our students assist with grocery shopping, yard work and other tasks made difficult by disease, clients provide valuable insights into the human experience of chronic illness. Students serve through the student club and through service learning classes. In both cases, their volunteer experiences are life-changing parts of their academic careers, preparing them to be compassionate, informed professionals.