In 2005, Gary Peters had no intention of being more than a one-time donor to Boca Helping Hands. Fourteen years later, he’s the president of the board. It all started in October of that year, when Hurricane Wilma smashed into Florida, killing 62 people and leaving Palm Beach County without power for two weeks. With stores closed and refrigerated and frozen foods rotting, Peters wondered how people were going to eat...
Jesus has an abiding concern for those in need and wants us to be his "helping hands" to them. He encourages us to offer water to the thirsty, clothes to the naked, and food to the hungry. This can be done in countless ways - but my heart gives thanks that by supporting Boca Helping Hands (BHH), I know that I am being obedient to my Lord. As a pastor in Boca Raton for nearly 15 years, I have been very blessed to make numerous connections with BHH’s incredible work.
This newsletter contains articles including a recap of our One-Day Job Readiness Workshop, a Save-the-Date for the 13th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive, Free Vision Screenings and much more.
Volunteers are the backbone of Boca Helping Hands; without the hundreds of volunteers that come in and out of our doors each week, we would not be able to carry out our mission. Through their dedication and hard work, we are able to have a direct impact on the clients that we serve within our community.
Boca Helping Hands announced today that the late Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. left the organization just over $1 million ($1.063M) in his estate as a Legacy Gift to its endowment fund, intended to help ensure the organization’s long-term financial viability.
Saturday marked another step in Boca Helping Hands’ ongoing quest to support and empower our clients in new ways. Job Readiness is an intensive week-long seminar typically reserved for Phase I of our Job Training Program. Covering a variety of topics, it’s designed to better prepare students for not only Phase 2, but also for the working world that awaits them upon graduation. It’s a key pillar of the program, and one that students find both beneficial and empowering.
If you walk into Boca Helping Hands on any given day and you will witness a flurry of activity. A small army of volunteers is in the kitchen cooking up a delicious meal that will feed countless hungry people while another set of troops is in the warehouse packing up bags of groceries, frozen meat and fresh produce to be handed out to needy families. This is just another typical day at Boca Helping Hands, but the question that is voiced most often is, “where does all of this food come from?”
JOIN US - You're invited to Boca Helping Hands 13th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive! Join us on Sunday, August 25th from 2pm - 5pm for an afternoon of fun, food and bowling. Held in conjunction with Boca Raton Chamber Festival Days, this annual event benefits local children's based nonprofits. All proceeds from this event will be given to the participating nonprofits.
When Eric Justin first brought his twin sons to join him as a volunteer at Boca Helping Hands three years ago, he probably didn't know how their participation would grow into a cereal collection program that now involves seven local elementary schools - and show no sign of stopping.
Supporters of Boca Helping Hands passed go at the 13th annual Monopoly event in Boca Raton. The party, co-chaired by LouAnn Such and Dale Workman, attracted more than 250 guests, with Connor Jimenez crowned Monopoly champion. The evening included hors d’oeuvres and dinner, silent and live auctions, casino gaming and a DJ. Two-time national Monopoly champion Gary Peters served as tournament mediator. Boca Helping Hands provides food, medical and other services to people in need.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) Community Outreach, in collaboration with FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Residents Clinic, have partnered with Boca Helping Hands since 2016 to provide access to health care for those who may otherwise go without.
Press Release: Supporters of Boca Helping Hands “Passed Go” at 13th Annual MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night
Supporters of Boca Helping Hands “passed go” at the 13th Annual Monopoly Event & Casino Night on April 13 at The Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton. The event, co-chaired by LouAnn Such and Dale Workman, attracted more than 250 guests, with attendee Connor Jimenez crowned MONOPOLY® Game Champion.
Eleven-year-old twins Jett and Luke Justin of Boca Raton have extra-large spirits of giving for their age. Since they were 7, the youngsters have volunteered for Boca Helping Hands, a nonprofit in Boca Raton that feeds hungry people, provides job training and mentoring and distributes vouchers for medical and dental care. Jett and Luke, along with their parents, Eric and Lukana Justin, would spend a few hours most Fridays after school filling pantry bags with food for underserved people in the community. Luke and Jett noticed that there were more lunch and dinner foods than breakfast foods. Where was the cereal?
In Martin Scorsese’s 2013 dramedy, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Jordan Belfort, a real-life rags-to-riches stockbroker who builds then quashes a billion-dollar empire by finagling his investors out of millions. Gary Peters chuckles when asked if he shared any of Belfort’s Caligula-like experiences while trading municipal bonds on Wall Street. “No, we (colleagues) didn’t act like that,” he says, “although we were well aware of people who did. For me, family values always took center stage.”
Walk into Boca Helping Hands on any given day and you will witness a flurry of activity. A small army of volunteers is in the kitchen cooking up a delicious meal that will feed countless hungry people while another set of troops is in the warehouse packing up bags of groceries, frozen meat and fresh produce to be handed out to needy families. This is just another typical day at Boca Helping Hands, but the question that is voiced most often is, “where does all of this food come from?”
Yesterday was a special day at Boca Helping Hands as we opened the doors to the Justin D. Webb Training Center and welcomed students from the Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program at Palm Beach State College. Worldwide, there are more than 285 million people who are visually impaired. As BHH Program Director Trina Chin Cheong pointed out, by opening up the availability to this complimentary vision screening, we were able to add another layer of assistance, support and awareness to the community we serve.
Press Release: "11 Year Old Twins Received Surprise of Their Lives at Boca Helping Hands in Recognition of Their Cereal Drive"
Twin eleven year old boys who volunteer at Boca Helping Hands received the surprise of their young lives on March 12 at Boca Helping Hands in Boca Raton.
Twin brothers Luke and Jett Justin turned their love for cereal and giving back to the community into a multi-school cereal drive in Boca Raton, Florida. The fifth-graders, now 11, have been volunteering at their local food pantry, Boca Helping Hands, for the past five years.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Your mother always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Apparently, a couple of young brothers in Boca Raton heard that message loud and clear because they started a cereal drive for Boca Helping Hands at Calusa Elementary School a few years ago.
Twin fifth-graders’ cereal drive for families in need sat in huge containers on the tarmac. But little did they know 2,700 boxes from a cereal giant were hidden behind a truck outside Boca Helping Hands.