Charity Navigator Names BHH one of the Top Ten Charities Growing in a Hurry!


Boca Helping Hands named one of America’s  Top Ten Charities Growing in a Hurry!

Over the course of a year we sent various updates and statistics; by now you are aware that Boca Helping Hands is serving more people than ever before. Every month, our amazing volunteers distribute nearly 6,000 pantry bags of groceries and serve well over 5,000 hot meals.  We are delivering 1,400 backpacks to eight schools weekly, helping people through our Resource Center and Job Mentor Programs, and in January, launched Esperanza Catering at Boca Helping Hands, our job training program.

Recently, we shared the good news that Boca Helping Hands had been awarded a Four Star Rating by Charity Navigator for the eighth consecutive year, an honor that can be claimed by only 1% of charities nationwide.  Well, dear partner, the accolades continue to pour in.   Yesterday, I was perusing the Charity Navigator website and found a tab marked Top Ten Lists.  The drop down menu had a number of options, but one caught my eye…10 Charities Expanding in a Hurry.  I opened up the link and much to my surprise, learned that Boca Helping Hands is listed at #7!!!  The introduction to this list reads:  Expect to hear about these 10 charities long into the future. They are growing dramatically.  More importantly, Charity Navigator has concluded that Boca Helping Hands and the other nine charities listed can sustain a similar rate of growth for years to come.  Wow!  I simply don’t know what to say to that…other than thank you to the Board, Volunteers, Supporters and Staff who make it happen. 

Today, you have the opportunity to help us sustain that growth.  We are in the middle of our End of the Year Matching Campaign.  There are only 25 days remaining to join with the nearly 400 individuals who have already stepped forward and made their contribution.  Remember, we have an anonymous benefactor who has challenged us with a matching grant.  This benefactor will match every unrestricted contribution that is received between November 1st and December 31st up to a total of $175,000…as long as the contribution is unrestricted and therefore able to be used to support our general operating expenses.

And here is the number you must share with your family and friends:   According to Charity Navigator, 94% of every contribution goes directly to programs and services…94%!!!  Take a bold step today.  Make your tax deductible contribution to Boca Helping Hands through our website (, or you can mail it to: BHH Matching Campaign, 1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432.  Please mark Matching Campaign in the memo line of your check.

Together, we can continue the critical work that is in such demand.  Your support will ensure our ability to meet the present need…while we build for the future.  Together, we can ensure that we meet emergency needs for food while we search for long term solutions to break the cycle of dependence.  Feel free to forward this E-Blast out to your family and friends. Let them know that you proudly and enthusiastically support a charity that is one of America’s top rated and fastest growing….and that you are part of the reason for that success!


James S. Gavrilos:  Executive Director
Boca Helping Hands