Monthly Archives: April 2011

Check us out in the Hartford Courant

Last Friday, the Hartford Courant published an article featuring Hands On Hartford’s Community Meals soup kitchen program. The article did a fantastic job highlighting our “Take a Break From Work” program where business professionals can come volunteer during their lunch hours. Also mentioned was how convenient and well-organized this program is,

‘I have volunteered for other community projects but will have to say this one is very organized and very well run,’ says MANNA volunteer Cindy Nadolny…Organization, as well as the convenient time slot, has made it easier for Nadolny to spend her time giving back. Once there, she enjoys meeting and speaking with the clients.

Explained in the article was how to volunteer, about our program sites, and what volunteers help out with when they volunteer at Community Meals, “Once at the soup kitchen, volunteers can plate food (before noon), serve meals and interact with clients (from noon to 12:30 p.m.) or help with clean-up (from 12:30 p.m. on)”.

We are grateful for this publicity from the Hartford Courant and for the wonderful article and pictures! Thank you to Crystal Maldonado and Bettina Hansen for your work on the article and the photographs.

You can find the article online here. A video about volunteering at Community Meals can also be found on the Courant’s website.

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Global Youth Service Day

On Saturday, April 16, thousands of youth volunteered at over 1,500 projects in 49 states and 53 countries for Global Youth Service Day. Hands On Hartford hosted and participated in a variety of projects alongside many volunteer groups and organizations in the Hartford area.

Hands On Hartford, Our Piece of the Pie, and Public Ally volunteers worked with the CT Gravestone Network to pick up trash, reset graves, and beautify two Hartford graveyards. Students from Ethel Walker, Miss Porter’s, and Avon Old Farms Schools provided prizes and ran Bingo games both Saturday and Sunday at Hands On Hartford’s Senior Community Café.

Our Piece of the Pie, Friends of Pope Park, and Hands On Hartford built two raised vegetable garden beds for Grace Academy Middle School which will be used to teach students about sustainable gardening and to provide the school with fresh vegetables.

Hands On Hartford also hosted volunteers at Peter’s Retreat and facilitated a service project at the American School for the Deaf with Job Corps volunteers. Toddlers to Twenty-somethings came together to make Hartford a better place and had fun at the same time!

-Philip Drew
Hands On Hartford AmeriCorps Member

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Vulnerability Index

In partnership with Journey Home, the non-profit corporation guiding the capital region’s Ten Year Plan to End Homeless, Hands on Hartford is helping to conduct the Vulnerability Index in our community.  Hartford is one of 81 communities taking part in the campaign to house 100,000 of our homeless neighbors across the country by July 2013. Download this flyer Vulnerability Index Flyer for more information about the Vulnerability Index in Hartford and how you can take part.

Chronic homelessness has proven to be nearly as lethal as some forms of cancer in the United States.  Approximately 110,000 people are classified as chronically homeless, living on the street or in a shelter for more than a year.  The launch of the 100,000 Homes Campaign by Common Ground has since given communities across the country innovative new methods and tools to house our homeless neighbors.  One such tool is the Vulnerability Index. Continue reading

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Cookies For A Cause!

Visit your local Subway restaurant on Thursday, April 21st and get a FREE cookie when you leave some change!  Your change can be the change in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.  100% of the proceeds will go to Hands On Hartford.

We’ll be at six locations in the Greater Hartford Area:

2 Downtown Hartford Locations:

65 Asylum Avenue

493 Main Street

2 Rocky Hill Locations:

2229 Silas Deane Hwy

632 Silas Deane Hwy

Wethersfield Location:

770 Silas Deane Hwy

East Hartford Location:

1210 Main Street

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Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

Hands On Hartford, held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Event on Monday, April 11th.  The evening consisted of mingling, live music and passed hors d’oeuvres.  It was a warm and festive celebration that honored and recognized our invaluable volunteers who dedicate countless hours to our programs.

All of the volunteers who attended the event received a personalized certificate for their commitment to service.  Additionally, Hands On Hartford also recognized four volunteer groups and one individual for exemplary service. This year’s award winners were: Continue reading

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New Website

A new Hands On Hartford website is on its way! Within the next couple of days, Hands On Hartford will transition to a brand new website.  

We will be migrating to an innovative platform that will allow for better volunteer engagement and management.  Many of the limitations of our exisitng website will be addressed in the new one.  Some of the new features include the ability to:

  • Track volunteer hours
  • Rate your service project experience
  • Search for opportunities at partner agencies
  • Create and manage volunteer teams

Please note that our website will be down during the migration period. Please feel free to call us if you can’t access the website. We don’t want to lose touch with you!

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Walk Against Hunger

Join Us for Foodshare's Walk Against Hunger
Register for the Walk Against Hunger by clicking here. Be sure to check Hands On Hartford as the benefitting agency if you wish to support our programs.

Help Hands On Hartford fight hunger in Hartford by participating in Foodshare’s 28th Annual Walk Against Hunger.  Every year, this Walk, put on by Foodshare, raises money not only for Foodshare but a large number of benefitting agencies. Consider being a team captain or joining a team in the Walk and supporting Hands On Hartford as a benefitting agency on May 1st! Continue reading

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Welcome to our new Hands On Hartford blog!
From this blog we will be posting our lastest news updates, event recaps, and information about our upcoming events. We hope this will be a way for you to stay connected on everything Hands On Hartford.

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