About Us

Little Hands Virginia

Little Hands Virginia makes sure children from birth to 3 years old have the essentials to thrive from “Day 1.”

One in three children are economically disadvantaged in the Richmond region, according to Voices for Virginia’s Children, and almost 40 percent of children in the city of Richmond live below poverty thresholds based on data from the United Way. With such a need throughout the region, we are actively engaging with communities across Central Virginia.

Working with our network of local agencies, shelters, hospitals and other nonprofits, we identify the needs of families in the cities of Richmond, Hopewell and Petersburg, and counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, and New Kent.

Our model relies on the donation of new and “nearly new” items through grassroots community drives and donations. We sort and bundle items, and deliver them to parents and children through our network of partners.

Our Partners Include:

Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School
ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation
Chesterfield Infant Program
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Church of the Epiphany
Communities in Schools
Families in Care Intervention Services
Family Lifeline

Fostering Acadia
Henrico Department of Social Services
Henrico Early Intervention
Henrico Parent Infant Program
Home Again
Hopewell Department of Social Services
Housing Families First
OAR of Richmond
Open Table

Partnership for Families
Pregnancy Help Center of Chesterfield
Quin Rivers
REAL Life Program
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
Richmond Department of Social Services
Richmond Residential Housing Authoirty
Richmond Police Department
Richmond Public Schools
YoungLives
YWCA Richmond

Our People

Taylor Keeney

Founder and Executive Director

When Taylor’s first child outgrew the baby phase and she went looking for somewhere to donate new and used baby items that would directly help a mom in need and had a hard time finding a way to do that in the Richmond area. After talking with potential partner organizations and others working in this space, it quickly became clear there was both a need and desire for an organization to help provide essentials for babies and new parents in need from “Day 1.” A mom of two little ones who leads communications and advocacy work for Hunton Andrews Kurth’s public affairs group, Taylor wanted to make sure no child in the Richmond Region was going without clean diapers, a safe place to sleep, or clothes to wear and so, in 2019 while on maternity leave with her second child, she founded Little Hands Virginia.

taylor@littlehandsva.org

Advisory Board

Lauralee Allen
Director of Alumni Engagement, Collegiate School

Meghan Brodie
Founder, The House Finch

Frances Farmer
Occupational Therapist, Spot On Therapy Group

Mary Farrell
Community Volunteer

Dr. Lindsay Forston
Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation, Communities In Schools of Virginia

Lindsay Gay
Community Volunteer

Emily Gottwald
Community Volunteer

Sarah Graper
Account Director, Unboxed Training & Technology

Joanna Harris
Community Volunteer

Sarah Holzbach
Community Volunteer

Emily Hovis
Owner, BarReVA

Generra Peck
Managing Director, 50 State

Sallie Pruitt
Owner, Pruitt Resources

Alexandra Saunders
Community Volunteer

Katherine Sheehan
Senior Publicist, Golden Word

Emma Swann
Director of Public Relations and Communications, Bon Secours Mercy Health