Boca Helping Hands Receives Basic Human Services Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation for BHH Backpacks

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February 3, 2015

February 3, 2015

Boca Helping Hands in Boca Raton Receives Basic Human Services Grant from

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Boca Raton, FL – Boca Helping Hands today announced that it has been named a recipient of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s 2014 Basic Human Services Grant. The grant is part of a $461,500 collective investment the bank is making in South Florida to address issues related to basic human services. The grants will help individuals and families address financial stability issues facing low-income communities, provide emergency shelter and supportive short-term housing, as well as provide access to benefits and resources including food pantries, shelters and financial coaching.

Boca Helping Hands has received its 9th consecutive 4 star rating from Charity Navigator. Their Mission: Boca Helping Hands provides food and emergency assistance to meet basic human needs and long-term solutions to break the cycle of dependence. Bank of America’s grant will help Boca Helping Hands specifically fund BHH Backpacks Program which reaches approximately 1,000 elementary students in nine schools with 6 meals and 2 snacks on the weekends during the school year., For years, Bank of America has invested in basic human services grants throughout South Florida. This year alone, he grants will impact approximately 810,622 individuals in South Florida.

“It is crucial to assist in supporting basic human needs in Boca Raton so we can build a healthy and successful community. Through the Basic Human Services Grant, Bank of America is making a lasting impact and we are honored to be a recipient,” said Karen Swedenborg, Development Manager. “Bank of America provides a great example of the potential of corporate social responsibility with this grant and a model for investing in nonprofits who are serving the critical needs of those in their local communities.”

Operating since 1998, BHH serves lunch six days a week, Monday to Saturday and Thursday Night Family Dinner; Distributes 5,000 pantry bags monthly to qualified individuals; Job Mentoring Program help clients by offering “Life Skills”, computer classes, job training through Esperanza Catering at BHH and Boca Helping Hands Home Health Care (Home Health Aid) Training, resume building and online job searches; The Resource Center helps qualified Boca Raton residents in crisis situations with limited financial help, budget planning and referrals to other agencies; Children’s Assistance Program helps working parents with their children’s after care or summer camp.

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