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Travel Leaders Service Society

Travel Leaders has been a leader in the travel industry for over 30 years. Our Core Values include integrity, teamwork, customer-focused, innovative and community. We strive to encourage the growth of our employees both as consultants and as members of their communities. By encouraging service in our communities, we will build a strong sense of self among us.

Sharing & Caring Hands

Sharing and Caring Hands was founded in 1985 by Mary Jo Copeland of Minneapolis. Before 1985, Mary Jo had been a regular volunteer with an organization that helps the poor. She was an innovator in this work, especially in the area of organizing outside volunteers to help. In spite of her best efforts, however, Mary had been often been frustrated with the bureaucratic nature of the organizations and she saw many who needed help slipping through the cracks. In 1985, she was recognized for her volunteer service by local TV station KARE as one of their “Eleven who Care.”

Mary Jo was and is the main fundraiser, the recruiter of volunteers and director of the shelter. Mary Jo has

recruited church groups to buy, prepare, bring in and serve the noon meal each day. She has a different group for each day of the month. This system has been in place since the first days of Sharing and Caring Hands. Some of the original groups are still serving today.


Sharing and Caring Hands is a compassionate response to the needs of the poor. We are set up to be a safety-net organization to help with whatever needs are not being met. This includes but is not limited to providing meals, clothing, showers, shelter, transportation help, rent deposits, rent help, medical assistance, dental care, furniture, school expenses, and other miscellaneous needs. Sharing and Caring Hands provides these with dignity, while affirming God’s love for all his people regardless of their circumstances. We reaffirm the self-worth of each individual and want to assist in that person reaching his or her greatest potential.

Sharing and Caring Hands is an extension of the community to the desperate needs of the poor and exists as a vehicle for volunteers to commit their time and resources towards making a difference in the lives of others. Sharing and Caring Hands stands as an emotional anchor and a beacon of hope to those who are alone, afraid, or in need.

Sharing and Caring HandsWe will be collecting donations for Sharing & Caring Hands from April 1 – April 30, 2016!

Sharing & Caring Hands accepts & appreciates the following donated items:

  • Monetary
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Household Items
  • Car seat & Stroller
  • Toys, TV, & electronics
  • Personal Hygiene Items

“The Best Way to Find Yourself is to Lose Yourself in the Service of the Others.”
– Gandhi