helping hands

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     Helping Hands is a committee of resident volunteers who reach out to our local community and county by helping non-profit and charitable organizations chosen by our members. We are chartered by the Board of Directors and meet on the first Monday of the month at 10:30am in the Arts & Crafts Room. This group is open to any resident interested in participating.

what we are up to now...

Click here to see how we are helping our local food crisis.

     There is nothing scheduled at this time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will meet next in the Fall on Monday, September 14, 2020 in the Arts & Crafts room at 10:30 am.
     In the meantime we continue to collect non-perishable food donations for local pantries, toiletries for the RAP House, and Boxtops for Education for our schools.

2019 holiday giving tree
Thank you to all who transformed tree ornaments in holiday smiles for our special kids! Thanks to you, there are 82 children at Cotee Elementary, and 100 kids at Mittye P. Locke Elementary who will have a very special Christmas. Our elves decorated the tree with giving ornaments in early November and the first week in December more elves collected your beautifully wrapped gifts and delivered to the local schools. We are so grateful for your help and participation in this heart-warming project. We can't fix everything, but we've all made a difference in these lives for certain!

who we support:

Area Food Pantries
C.A.R.E.S. (Community Aging & Retirement Services)
R.A.P. House (Runaway Alternative Program)
S.O.L.V.E. (Save Our Lives Volunteers Everyway)
West Pasco Women's Wellness & Pregnancy Center
K9 Partners for Patriots
St. Vincent dePaul Society
Cotee River & M.P. Locke Elementary School
Gulf Middle School Treasure Chest
Box Tops for Education

We recently recognized 6 of our founding members who started this group 20+ years ago - and are still active today! It must be keeps the mind, body and soul young! Thank you for beginning this wonderful caring organization!!
photo of founding members of helping hands

Annual Easter Basket Project...

Each year we assemble baskets for local charities. Thanks to our generous residents who donate the candy, we were able to make up baskets for children and the R.A.P. House. Watch our slideshow to how this happens!

Swing Under the Stars was our Mardi Gras Spring Fundraiser...

What do you get when you combine a Dixieland band; Gumbo, Jambalaya and King Cake; and folks ready for an evening of dancing and dining under the front portico? You get a really nice Mardi Gras party! Here are some of the highlights for your enjoyment!

Enjoy some pictures from our recent Card Party...

157 people enjoyed a wide variety of table games for an afternoon with friends, fun, treats and wonderful raffles. Thank you to all our participants and to those who donated prizes and baskets. We netted just over $2,300 for our local charities. We appreciate everyone of you who made this possible!

Enjoy the video from our recent Holiday Tea Party Fundraiser...

Helping Hands started the holiday season with a gala Holiday Tea Party, complete with the Mad Hatter, with 169 attendees enjoying the ambience and music. The Helping Hands mission is to provide financial aid to support local groups and charities throughout the year. This event generated over $2,400.00 which will be distributed to local charitable organizations in the community especially those those that help children and women in need.Thanks to the many folks who made this such a success. Photo credit to Tom Toner's Complete Image Photograghy.