The philosophy of the IAC “Hands On” program is to assist, through volunteer activities, various charitable organizations in the Santiago Metropolitan area. The goal is to provide support, via a personal level of interaction, for the efforts of each organization. We work within the structure of each organization, and schedule our visits and activities according to their needs.

These organized IAC “Hands On” activities provide members with the opportunity to volunteer on a personal level with different nonprofit groups. It also offers a wonderful opportunity for members to network with each other while serving the community.

If you are interested in learning more about any of our hands on locations, please contact the Charity Coordinator, Maria Palacios at charity@iachile.org.

We have five hands-on locations:
(Click on the following link for our flyer: Volunteer Flyer 2015.)

  1. Hogar Mision de Maria
  2. Hogar Paz y Alegria
  3. Hogar Oncologico Felipe Rivera de Corporacion Maria Ayuda
  4. Colegio Hellen Keller
  5. Casa Acogida Grada

Hogar Misión de Maria

(Avenida Bremen 1316, Ñuñoa, www.hogarmisiondemaria.cl)

This is a residential facility for infants and toddlers taken from unsafe home situations (wards of the court.) The home provides safety and security in a loving environment. The home is in Ñuñoa, and there are currently 35 children aged 0- 3 years old. The goal is to reunite the child with their biological mom, another relative or if this is not possible to place the child with an adoptive family. Volunteers assist in two shifts, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. They help the staff in whatever way possible (feeding, changing diapers, bathing, and playing).

Paz y Alegría

(Avenida España 101, Batuco)

This is a nursing home for the elderly run by the Sisters of Charity. The home provides medical, social and emotional support for the residents. Volunteers visit the elderly and assist with e.g. meals, physical therapy. 

Maria Ayuda/Hogar Oncológico

(Los Alerces 2517, Ñuñoa, www.mariaayuda.cl) 

This home offers a place of refuge for children and a parent, while the child is undergoing cancer treatment. They offer psychological, social and spiritual support throughout the process. Craft parties are organized on a regular basis.

The home is a treasure. The director and staff have been there for a very long time, and their special training and love helps the children and parents more than any medicine.   All volunteers will tell you that their time in the home is a gift as they become close to both the mothers and the children. The IAC has been involved with this home for more than 20 years. IAC volunteers visit at least twice a month with craft parties (bracelet making, cooking baking, muffin decorating and bow making classes,etc.) and game days.

Colegio Helen Keller

(Rosita Renard 1179, Ñuñoa, www.hellenkeller.cl)

This is one of only two schools for the visually impaired in Santiago. It is a public primary school, which also offers educational support for students with multiple disabilities who are unable to proceed on to regular secondary schools. The IAC offers weekly ESL classes at Colegio Helen Keller on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30pm for students who reside at the school during the week. Additional activities are also undertaken, including a dental program and an annual ski program for a small group of students.


Casa Acogida Grada

(Carmen Covarrubias 213, Ñuñoa, www.grada.cl)

This is a residential facility for infants and toddlers taken from unsafe home situations (wards of the court). The home provides safety and security in a loving environment. The home is in Ñuñoa for 40 children from 0-5 years. The goal is reintegration with families or adoption. There are volunteers going almost every day, and they assist with feeding and play with the children.