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About Helping Hands MB

Helping Hands MB is a Florida Non-Profit in Miami Beach that evolved out of a community service project conceived in April 2019 by Jonathan Tamen, then Captain of his school’s FIRST Robotics team, the MiamiBeachBots. Jonathan asked the Mayor and City Commissioners to sponsor the STEAM+ project idea to mentor low-income elementary students in fun coding and robotics classes. The project was a huge success, bringing accolades from the Mayor, school principals, teachers, and parents, and most importantly all students, showing how important it is for the project to continue and expand.

In May 2020, Jonathan and his brother David received a Call for Kindness award from the Riley’s Way Foundation, with a $3,000 grant for their proposal to launch Helping Hands MB and a chapter of the e-NABLE (Enabling the Future) engineering charity. Helping Hands MB is the first e-NABLE Community Chapter in Miami. 

David leads the effort for the Prosthetic Hands Project / e-NABLE Chapter and 3D Printing Club at Miami Beach Senior High. He was certified by e-NABLE to make an adult and a child-sized prosthetic hand and forearm and now teaches 3D printing to classmates and Scouts of America, Troop 65, where he is Senior Patrol Leader and an Eagle Scout candidate. Classmates and Scouts are helping to assemble the prosthetics that are being utilized by a clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Jonathan leads the other efforts of Helping Hands MB, which strives to create a community of students with kindness and empathy, to stop divisions and hate of differing backgrounds and personal identity, and instead create a supportive and compassionate future.  ​

Our Team

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Jonathan Tamen

Founder and President

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Paola Cedeno

1st Director of Outreach

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Givanete Castillo

2nd Director of Outreach

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David Tamen

1st Director of Innovation

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Angiolo McCardle

2nd Director of Innovation

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Justin Sharmat

1st Director of Administration

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Luisa Massasso

2nd Director of Administration