In the early 1990's Jeff Solheim wanted to make a difference in the lives of people around the world by providing basic health care and health education to those with few resources and little to no access to health care. In 1991 this desire to help others led him to gather like-minded volunteers and deploy what would be the first Project Helping Hands (PHH) team to the Dominican Republic. In 1994, Jeff formally incorporated PHH; in 1999 Project Helping Hands was established as a non-profit.
In the ensuing years PHH has sent more than 100 teams to over a dozen different locations in eleven countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines, Peru and Cambodia. Over 200,000 patients have directly benefited by receiving care and education. In addition, PHH works to improve the knowledge and skills of both PHH volunteers and local health care providers as well as students in health care professions through educational sessions and clinical practice shadowing opportunities.