Our Mission at Hands On Hartford is to serve, in partnership with others, to strengthen community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility.
We were originally founded in 1969 as Center City Churches, and became an affiliate of the Hands On Network in 2008. We provide volunteers the opportunity to engage in direct service, in Hartford, at our own service sites or at service sites of partner organizations. Hands On Hartford focuses on three basica human needs: nutrition, family support services, and supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Our Community Engagement Program is an important part of HOH, and acts as the intermediary between volunteers and those who need volunteers. We specialize in creating volunteer opportunities for groups or individuals in the Greater Hartford area. We emphasize service learning as part of the volunteer experience.
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Hands On Hartford’s direct service programs include: MANNA, Backpack Nutrition Program, Family School Connection and Peter’s Retreat.
MANNA: Consists of Community Meals (soup kitchen), Assistance & Advocacy (food pantry), and the Senior Community Cafe.
Also included is the Backpack Nutrition Program: This program currently distributes backpacks full of kid-friendly food to nearly 250 children every Friday who rely on free and reduced lunch during the week.
Family School Connection: This program helps children at Hartford’s Dr. Ramon E. Betances Early Reading Lab School to succeed in school and enjoy the life-long benefits of a positive educational experience through a partnership with teachers, families, and program staff.
Peter’s Retreat: This program provides supportive housing through both congregate and scattered-site placements as a way to reach out to those living with HIV/AIDS who would otherwise be homeless.
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