Boca Helping Hands Fall 2018 Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles including our upcoming Annual End of the Year Matching Campaign, a Job Training Success Story,  the Volunteer Appreciation BBQ,'s New Look and much more.

Job Training Success Story - Yadira Pagan

Yadira had a wonderful job as a patient advocate with a company she worked at for 9 years. In the 3 walls of her cubical at her corporate job she worked hard, earned her weekly paycheck and provided as the main breadwinner for her family. She felt comfortable in every sense of the word. “Once you feel comfortable… all of a sudden they pulled the rug from under my feet,” Yadira added.

"Age is just a number for 100-year-old volunteer"

For one local man, age is just a number. At 100 years old, Mel Lazerick volunteers three times a week, feeding the needy in his community.

"After two decades of handing out groceries, 100-year-old volunteer to be honored by Boca Helping Hands"

At 100, Mel Lazerick isn’t slowing down. He volunteers three days a week at Boca Helping Hands where he’s been handing out groceries for the last two decades.

BHH Backpacks Program Kicks Off for the 2018-2019 School Year

Boca Helping Hands is pleased to share that the BHH Backpacks Program for the 2018-2019 school year has officially started. The program kicked off as we welcomed the hardworking ladies from Junior League of Boca Raton. Each Thursday Night a volunteer group of approximately 7 volunteers individually prepares pallets for each of the 9 participating schools.


You are invited to a very special CELEBRATION for all of our DONORS & VOLUNTEERS while recognizing Arthur J. Remillard Jr. & Mel Lazerick for their extraordinary support. 

Greg Halze on Boca Chamber Radio

Greg Hazle with host Dean Muiccio of Good Day Boca on Boca Chamber Radio.

BHH will be Closed on Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, Boca Helping Hands will be closed on Monday, September 3rd and will reopen on Tuesday, September 4th.

12th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive Drew Hundreds of Supporters.

Boca Helping Hands held its 12th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive on August 26th. Over 400 kids and supporters attended the event and enjoyed pizza, burgers, wings and more, as well as prizes, clowns and, of course, bowling at Strikes@Boca. Guests brought...

12th Annual Bowling for Bread - Green Program

The Green Program for the 12th Annual Bowling for Bread Event and Food Drive. Thank you to each of our Event Sponsor, the Lee Pearlson Steinberg Foundation as well as our For-Profit Sponsor, First Citizens Bank. Held in conjunction with Boca Raton Chamber Festival Days, this annual event benefits local children's based nonprofits. 

'Bowling For Bread' event and food drive held in Boca Raton

People came out to bowl for a good cause in Boca Raton on Sunday. Boca Helping Hands held their 12th annual Bowling For Bread event and food drive.  Bowling lanes were filled with hundreds of low-income kids and adults who supported the event. The event featured clowns, prizes and 20...

Boca Helping Hands Summer 2018 Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles including an Update on our 2018 Goals, a Job Training Success Story,  Hitting 1 Million Pounds of Recovered Food,  Thanksgiving Box Brigade and much more.

Boca Helping Hands at WAY-FM

Boca Helping Hands Executive Director Greg Hazle was invited to speak with WAY-FM Community Impact Director David Wolf about ways in which BHH helps support the community. 

Job Training Success Story - Freda Ann Johnson

Success doesn’t look the same to everyone. Whereas one individual views success as 2.5 kids, a picket fence, a full-time job with a 4-door in the drive, someone else views success as simply being able to get out of bed in the morning. Success is relative. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was one week in our Job Readiness Class. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was discovering who Freda Ann Johnson is.

Volunteer Opportunity - ESOL Instructor

Boca Helping Hands is currently seeking an ESOL instructor to join us for our upcoming semester of classes. Prior ESOL teaching experience is required as well as a weekly commitment from September thru December. Those interested are encouraged to complete our online volunteer application by clicking here, as well as emailing our Program Director at

West Boca, Delray medical centers join hospitals for summer cereal drive

West Boca, Delray, Good Samaritan, Palm Beach Gardens and St. Mary’s medical centers recently led a weeklong effort to help feed children during the summer called the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive.

Join us for the 12th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive!

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Strikes@Boca.  Get a team together to bowl, sponsor a lane for non-profit children, and/or bring canned food to the day of Bowling for Bread.  We would love for you to come and be a part of this wonderful event!

West Boca Medical Center Annual Cereal Drive

Many thanks to West Boca Medical Center and American Medical Response for today's cereal donation. Each year West Boca Medical Center hosts a cereal drive for BHH to help combat food insecurity during the summer months when students aren't in school. In an effort to broaden the impact, West Boca Medical Center connected with American Medical Response for this year's drive. Plus there was the added benefit of AMR transporting the cereal by ambulance! When the final box of cereal was unloaded, West Boca Medical Center and American Medical Response had donated a whopping 718 pounds! Thanks again for choosing Boca Helping Hands for such a generous donation.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital - Monthly Health Screenings at BHH

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Community Outreach will be onsite at Boca Helping Hands this Wednesday, June 13th from 10am-1pm providing free health screenings. Representatives will be provide wellness counseling and review results including blood pres

Just one of the many local families Boca Helping Hands helps through our Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).

CAP helps working parents by providing financial assistance for summer camp, after-school care, and day care for qualifying Boca Raton residents. Last year Boca Helping Hands provided assistance for 71 kids with their summer camp fees, as well as 54

Boca Helping Hands E-Newsletter: May, 2018

This newsletter contains articles including our 12th Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a Job Training Success Story, the celebration of Mel Lazerick's 100th Birthday and much more.

Job Training Success Story - Antonios Pavlidis

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? It’s a question we’ve all been asked at least once in our life. Some of us conjure up childhood dream jobs (ice cream taste tester, movie star), others day-dream more lucrative careers (President, CEO of a big company). For Antonios Pavlidis, his answer was simple… he wanted to drive; specifically he wanted his Commercial Driver’s License.

2018 Stamp Out Hunger Recap

"The rain wont' hinder our mission to feed people," said Bill Harper, Director of Food & Warehouse Operations. And feed people we certainly shall do. When the final donation was received, we had received a whopping 10,533 pounds of food - a 20% incre

12th Annual MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night - Green Program

The Green Program for the 12th Annual MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night.

Charity Navigator Issues 12th Consecutive 4-Star Rating to Boca Helping Hands

Charity Navigator rates over 9,000 charities nationwide and examines two broad areas of a charity's performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Boca Helping Hands is pleased to announce that we have received our 12th

4th Annual Miracle Chef

4th Annual Miracle Chef - such a wonderful evening filled with food, fun and a great message.... Boca Helping Hands truly is the bridge helping our clients cross from basic need to self-sufficiency. Remember that this event, along with all the meals

See the BHH Matching Campaign Thermometer! YOU DID IT! We have exceeded our goal of $250,000

YOU DID IT!  We have exceeded our goal of $250,000 for our Annual End of the Year Matching Campaign.  Thank you to all who supported this challenge.

Boca Helping Hands E-Newsletter: December, 2017

This newsletter contains articles including our 2017 Annual End of the Year Matching Campaign, the opening of our Boynton Beach Pantry Bag Distribution Location,  a Job Training Success Story and much more.

Job Training Success Story - Shavontae Tate

Shavontae Tate wasn’t looking for a new job when she reached out to Boca Helping Hands… she was looking for a new career path! Working as a Call Center Supervisor, she had manageable income and a steady paycheck. Yet she had aspirations beyond the four walls of the Deerfield Beach building. When her boyfriend discovered BHH’s CDL Job Training Program, she urged him to pursue it. She saw the program for what it truly was, a life-changing opportunity. Upon his graduation, she immediately called BHH so she too could alter her course towards a more prosperous destination.

"Families in need enjoy Christmas feast in Boca Raton"

This time of year can be difficult for many families struggling financially. A simple meal might not be an option. But on Christmas Day, it was a show of neighbor helping neighbor for 300 people in Boca Raton.