Our Story

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.

My mom had a witty, sarcastic sense of humor and she could turn routine errands into fun. Most of all, I remember her genuine compassion, especially toward older adults, and her incredible intuition for knowing what people most needed.
— Lori's daughter, Sarah
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. 

Missing [my mom] has generally changed to a celebration of her life - partly because of the futility of missing people who have died and partly because what my mother wanted most for the people she knew was for them to be happy.
— Lori's son, Brett