Congo Helping Hands was incorporated in the State of Indiana on August 25, 2004. We are a non-profit organization created exclusively for charitable purposes to aid the health, education, agriculture and economic conditions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRCongo) Africa. The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness of need, encourage participation, and to assist in the improvement of the quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or Congo. CHH is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, and received 501 (c)3 status from the IRS in June 2005. CHH is non-denominational, but was a natural outgrowth from the partnership of the Presbyterian Church USA and the Presbyterian Church in the Congo.
Profiles of Board Members
Woody M. Collins, President
Mr. Collins holds a Masterís Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He worked as a civil servant for the Department of Defense in the roles of a Supervisory Accountant, a Supervisory Auditor, a Systems Accountant, and a Systems Auditor for over 30 years. In addition, he is the owner of Collins Information Service, a religious electronic media company. Mr. Collins has made many trips to the Congo to install computer communication systems, improve water distribution, and other projects.
Therese Evans, Vice President
Mark Thomas, Secretary
Michael K. Meltzer, Treasurer
Mr. Meltzer has been in the mission field since 1985, when he worked with an inner city not for profit agency restoring houses for low income families. He started national mission work in 1993 by helping locals who had been displaced by the Mississippi Flood. International mission experience began in 1998 with trips to Mexico and the Congo. He returned to the Congo in 2002 and 2004 working with the local church leaders, village elders and hospital staff on different projects to make their lives better.
Robert C. Evans, Board Member
R.C. (Bob) Evans heads the affiliated office of the Dillon Evans Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Ohio State University. Mr. Evansí involvement in rural community development and management consulting, both nationally and internationally, has given him broad experience in many industries. He has served as the CEO of a consortium of five companies and has traveled to 15 different foreign countries working to develop rural communities for food production, which encompassed design, construction, financing and management.
Jeff Mullins, Board Member and Project Officer for the Wisconsin Division