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Emergency Fund

Emergency Fund for the Monkey Living Center

For over 40 years, the capuchin monkeys at Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers provided service, love, and companionship to over two hundred people with severe mobility limitations. Now, as these beloved monkeys return home to Boston from their heroic service, they need your assistance.

Several years ago, Helping Hands had begun a multi-year envisioning process as we anticipated our aging monkey population and additional new challenges. We realized that our elderly and senior monkeys would be returning to our facility in greater numbers and renewed our commitment to creating the Monkey Living Center, ensuring a long-term safe space for our monkeys as they returned from their years of service and companionship.
With the upheaval of COVID-19, our timeline needed to be dramatically compressed. We were faced with an immediate and urgent need to rehabilitate and prepare a living area suitable for our monkeys as they increasingly return from service to our facility.


Our existing monkey facility must provide a safe, secure, and healthy physical environment for elderly monkeys as they enter their post-service years. Our monkeys need an improved living situation right away.

With concerns over COVID still lingering, improvements in airflow and ventilation were at the top of the emergency list.
The 20-year old heating/cooling system was at end of life and replacement was particularly crucial for air quality improvements and energy efficiency.
The health and well-being of all our staff and monkeys is of critical importance, so we also:

  • Built new play structures re-creating a variety of habitats appropriate for capuchins.
  • Replaced outdated plumbing.
  • Constructed and improved human workspaces, ensuring a healthy environment for all.

You can make an immediate difference and a part of our monkey helpers' future. They have given so much to so many - We hope that you will help provide them with the post-service living quarters they deserve!

Naming Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • $1.5 million: Name the Building
  • $200,000: HVAC System
  • $150,000: Veterinary Suite
  • $45,000: Window enlargements
  • $3,000 each (total of 5): Play areas
  • $1,500: Laundry Suite
  • $1,000: Conferencing Equipment

Donate to the Emergency Fund and be a part of the Monkey Living Center.

For more information, please check out our Monkey Living Center brochure.