Cuba is an arm's
length away.

Serving families. Helping children. Feeding seniors.
Supplying hospitals. Providing humanitarian
aid to Cubans in need.



A rewarding volunteer experience out of the ordinary. Our volunteers travel to Cuba, meet the families and doctors we work with, and distribute the aid in person.

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Who We Are

Cuba is a vibrant country with a rich heritage that has been frozen in time. Hospitals often lack modern technology and medication, and families struggle to make ends meet and put food on their tables. To the Cuban people, it can seem like the world has moved on without them.

At First-Hand Aid we reach out and lend them a helping hand. We provide much needed humanitarian aid to the children, families, and healthcare professionals in Cuba. We also provide a personal touch and build lasting relationships with the Cuban people we work with because our volunteers travel to Cuba and deliver medical supplies and support in person.

With the help of our committed donors and volunteers, we provide aid through four programs:

Serving Families: We deliver financial assistance to struggling families Havana. On a monthly basis, we supplement their meager income with financial assistance. It is a small dollar-amount by U. S. standards, but it provides significant assistance to families where individuals typically only earn $50 per month.

Providing Medical Supplies: We support multiple hospitals in Cuba, facilities that are both in the capital city of Havana and in the rural setting of Güines. We deliver, in person, aid such as: equipment, supplies, and medication – everything from over-the-counter fever reducers to expensive antibiotics.

Supplying Day-to-Day Products: We deliver personal hygiene products and other supplies to families and clinics in Cuba. Without our help, these people would not have access to basic daily products that we take for granted in the U.S. like deodorant, toothpaste, and soap.

Feeding Seniors: Working with the Iglesia Rosario church in Cuba, we provide the funding and organizational support for a seniors meal program. The strength that can come from a simple nourishing meal that these seniors can’t otherwise be able to afford can make all the difference in their lives.

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Board of Directors

Marc Bohland Executive Director
Mary Cohle Board Member
Hilda Crane Board Member
Paul Gezon Board Member
Dr. Ron Hoekman Board Member
Beverly Jansma Board Member
Fred Mackraz Board Member
Dr. Kyle Rasikas Board Member
Joel Talsma Board Member
Dr. William Telford Board Member
Jennifer Waters Board Member

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Save the Date!

First-Hand Aid Golf Classic is Monday, September 28, 2015. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thank you to everyone who supported Cuban families through Havana NIght 2015!

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Havana in Chicago Raises Money for Impoverished Cubans” – Windy City Times, July 21, 2014


Carrying On In Cuba

August 8 2015
Even as we see huge changes in the U.S./Cuban relationship, life remains very much the same for the Cuban people: food shortages, a lack of medicine, and no support programs for the hungry or disabled. See inside Cuba as more tourists descend upon this tropical island.

First-Hand Aid Reacts to 50-Year Break In US/Cuban Diplomatic Relations

December 12 2014
Executive Director Marc Bohland speaks to WOOD-TV about this historic announcement and what it means for our work and the Cuban people.

Cuba: Reaching Forward, Caught in the Past

January 1 2007
This provides an overview of life in Cuba and those served by First Hand Aid

Introduction to Traveling to Cuba

November 11 2013
Joy Walzcak from 8West provides an introduction to traveling to Cuba with First Hand Aid.

Work of First Hand Aid

November 11 2013
From hospitals to homes to clinics, Joy Walczak from 8West reviews the work that First Hand Aid does to aid children and families in Cuba.

On the street in Havana

November 11 2013
Joy Walczak from 8West shows some of the activities you can participate in walking down the street in Havana.

Volunteer stories from First Hand Aid

November 11 2013
Individuals who volunteered to travel share their motivation to do so.

A Lesson In Diplomacy Promo

March 3 2013
promotional campaign for our upcoming feature documentary film about the baseball team at Grand Valley State University making their way to Havana, Cuba to play a team gathered from their national league players. The experiences of the trip included baseball at the international level, an educational experience of culture and diversity, and contained a service element with a humanitarian organization called First Hand Aid.

January 1 1970