Lending a hand to local families since 2006

Jack’s Helping Hand assists more than 250 individuals in San Luis Obispo County. We provide programs that meet the unique challenges of children who have cancer, are medically fragile, or have special needs in our community.

What We Do

We assist local children with special needs and cancer

How We Do It

Through financial assistance and programs

How We Can Help You

Apply for assistance

What Our Clients Say

Woodman twins

Meet the Woodman twins! They were born at just 26 weeks. Austin weighed 1 pound 12 ounces at birth and Easton weighed 2 pounds 6 ounces. They spent 131 days at the NICU. Austin underwent three surgeries in Santa Barbara. The twins are now 7 years old and living a happy, healthy life.


Meet Ethan! Ethan was in an accident that fractured his spine. Jack’s Helping Hand was able to help his family with the initial medical expenses. Ethan is now a part of our Water Warriors program.


Meet Mercy! Mercy was born with half of a heart, a condition called termed Double Inlet Left Ventricle. Mercy has survived three open heart surgeries. Jack’s Helping Hand has been able to help Mercy and her family to meet her medical needs.


Meet Claire! Claire has a rare type of cancer and has been undergoing three years of treatment. Claire has attended Camp Reach for the Stars, and Jack’s Helping Hand has been so happy to assist her family in every way we can.

Thank you to our local sponsors

In the News

The Annual Newsletter is almost here! We will share several stories about our Jack's Helping Hand children and highlights from this year's events. We have some exciting updates about the park and all that we have accomplished in 2022. Keep an eye out in the mail for this year's Jack's Helping Hand annual newsletter!

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We are excited to finally be able to share our new website with all of you! We've been working on it for months, and we hope that you like it as much as we do! Check it out at https://www.jackshelpinghand.org/, and let us know what you think 💚

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Congratulations to Mike McAustin for being named KSBY’s Hometown Heroes for 2022! Mike is an amazing volunteer who has single-handedly taken on the role of construction supervisor for the Jack Ready Imagination Park. Mike is a retired high school teacher and coach from Arroyo Grande High School and a friend of the founders of Jack’s Helping Hand, Paul and Bridget Ready. When approached to help with the planning and building of the Park in 2017 he graciously said yes and has donated countless hours of planning, meetings, manual labor, and determination to make this park a success. Mike demonstrates tireless devotion to the completion of this project as he sees the benefit of getting children and their families outside, regardless of ability level. He is supported by his equally committed wife, Michelle, and is a true hero for providing his dedication and volunteerism to this project. #JHH2006

Did you know that October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month?! Spina Bifida is a birth defect involving the incorrect formation of the spine or spinal cord. According to the CDC, over 1,500 babies affected by Spina Bifida are born each year. We were so happy to assist Claire’s family with travel to and from multiple appointments while dealing with this diagnosis. Claire is a shining example of living a full and happy life in the face of a difficult diagnosis!

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