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:
Business Award – Murtha Cullina LLP – The employees at this firm demonstrate an immeasurable commitment to our soup kitchen Community Meals. They serve three days monthly and have done so for the last two years.
Congregation Award – Asylum Hill Congregational Church – For ten years, the members of this faith based group have been cooking and serving weekend meals to residents at Peter’s Retreat. Recently, their youth also became involved with our seniors at our Senior Community Café program.
Civic Group Award – The Red Hat Society – The woman of this organization have been preparing brunch and heavily engaging with the residents of Peter’s Retreat monthly for over 3 years.
School Award – Northwest High School – The students from Northwest have been coming to our Community Meals for five plus years. Not only do they prepare meals, but they also organize activities and play games with our clients.
This year we awarded the first R. Regner Arvidson Exemplary Volunteer Award, which is named after a long time volunteer and advocate of our MANNA Program. The award went to Andrew May, who volunteers 20-35 hours a week at our food pantry. According to some of our staff, “Andrew gives his time selflessly and is always willing to help us at Assistance & Advocacy. He doesn’t look for accolades; he simply wants to help others. He doesn’t only help families choose their food; he also listens to the clients, gives support, and is really careful how he bags their food. Andrew is also known to help people carry their food to their car. He demonstrates a lot of compassion and embodies the spirit of Regner Arvidson who also served in our food pantry.
In any given year, we work with over 3000 volunteers. Without our volunteers, our events and programs would not run as smoothly and we would not be able to serve as many people as we currently do. In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16th, Hands On Hartford would like to thank all of our volunteers! Whether you have volunteered with us once, or weekly we truly value you. Your gift of service makes a difference and changes the world one interaction at a time.