Domestic Missions

About Domestic Missions

Touching Hands is dedicated to expanding our reach right here at home. Our U.S. missions, called "Hand Day", take place at the facilities of hand surgeon members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. During these one-day missions, the medical staff provides free hand surgery for patients in their community who do not have access to hand care. These patients need our help for a variety of medical conditions that require surgery to be able to return to work and support their families. 

Touching Hands hosted the first domestic mission in 2016 at Georgia Hand Shoulder and Elbow in Atlanta. In 2018, Touching Hands held Hand Days in seven different cities. Help us to spread Hand Days across even more cities in the coming years by supporting Touching Hands today.


Host a Hand Day

Hand Days typically take place on a Saturday. Your facility will recruit patients and schedule these patients. The Hand Day will be run by you and your staff members who are willing to volunteer their time. Touching Hands will provide you with up to $1,000 to help alleviate your costs.

For more information, download our Hand Day Toolkit.

Download the Kit

Contact ASSH staff member Anne Pappas at with questions about hosting a Hand Day.