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. With a background in customer service and sales, he’s held jobs that he’s been good at but just not ones that fulfilled him. When he and his wife immigrated to the United States from Greece in 2016, he used it as an opportunity to research the trucking industry and its requirements. With his goal fixed, he (as with some of our other CDL students) independently obtained his CDL Class A temporary permit, the first stage in receiving a Commercial Driver’s License. From there, he was referred to Boca Helping Hands where he was blown away by the comprehensiveness of the curriculum in our Phase I Job Readiness Classes. When the time came for Antonios to take his CDL Class A driver’s examination, he had already completed his job search. Having already applied and interviewed with Schneider Transportation and Logistics Services, Antonios accepted an offer of employment the very day he received his CDL.  If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Antonios had his answer, and thankfully Boca Helping Hands had his solution. 

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

12th Annual MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night

Many thanks to everyone that attended. This year's event was the biggest one yet! Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees. And CONGRATULATIONS to this year's MONOPOLY Champion, Michael MacDonald!

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. We’re pleased to share that Shavontae has become that person she’s trying to be in life. When we last spoke she was just days away from heading to Dallas, TX to begin her 6 week company training at Frozen Food Express (FFF). From there she and her boyfriend (who also works from FFF) would hit the road together swapping out driving shifts in the same truck. Teaming up in this way allows for less down time and the couple to make more money long-term. With her 6-week training sure to fly by and their first route just on the horizon, the pair have truly changed their course in life. We look forward to hearing about the new roads they’ll travel and what prosperous destinations they’re headed towards. 

"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.

"Town Center Mall restaurants serve Christmas lunch to the needy in Boca Raton"

Town Center Mall was closed on Christmas Day, open only to a select group: the hungry. More than 300 clients assisted by South Florida’s social service agencies relished a free, sumptuous lunch on Monday, cooked by chefs from Boca Raton restaurants.

"Dozens received Christmas Day meal, gifts in Boca"

The Town Center at Boca Raton, a non-profit and several restaurants are spreading holiday cheer by feeding more than 200 families on Christmas.Santa and his helpers brought joy to dozens at town center mall at Boca Raton. "I think it's just a wonderf

"Town Center Gets in the Holiday Spirit with Events and Donations"

Boca Helping Hands opens Boynton Beach Pantry Bag Distribution Site

Today marked another HUGE milestone for Boca Helping Hands as we opened our Boynton Beach Pantry Bag Distribution site a First Baptist Church Boynton Beach. We’re pleased to share that Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays (10:00am – 12:00pm) client

"Fillet for Friends: Students donate surplus fish to help feed the less fortunate"

When 16-year-old Harrison Konsker is not on the Saint Andrew's School campus in Boca Raton, he's on a boat fishing.One time he was on the water, Konsker and his friend Mac Herman were catching more fish than they could eat."Fish would stay in ou

Fillet for Friends: Students donate surplus fish to help feed the less fortunate

When 16-year-old Harrison Konsker is not on the Saint Andrew's School campus in Boca Raton, he's on a boat fishing. One time he was on the water, Konsker and his friend Mac Herman were catching more fish than they could eat.

"Boca Helping Hands: Providing basic needs, job training to community"

"What does Boca Helping Hands do? Boca Helping Hands (BHH) serves the economically challenged and culturally diverse population of South Florida. Founded in 1998 by a group of local volunteers in response to the growing challenge of hunger and povert

Job Mentoring Success Story - Josefina Compres

It’s one thing to be good at your job… it’s another thing to also LOVE your job. Josefina Compres loved her job as a life insurance agent. That’s why when a medical procedure and shift in her health meant she was unable to keep up the rigorous traveling her job demanded; she knew her next job needed to be one she loved just as much. After years in her prior role, she found herself in need of an updated resume and a boost of confidence.

Boca Helping Hands Fall 2017 Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on the 2017 End of the Year Matching Campaign, Job Mentoring Success Story, Bowling for Bread recap and much more.

Give a Dude a Can of Food

“I wanted all my friends not to be hungry… I want them to be full!”

"ExtravaCANza sees New Orleans-themed canned good sculptures"

Boca Raton Regional Hospital - Monthly Health Screenings at BHH

Although these Health Screenings are meant to create a conversation about healthcare needs and the resources available to our clients, we’re so thankful the team was here to handle such an urgent situation.

Boca Helping Hands E-Newsletter: October, 2017

This newsletter contains articles including an Update from Interim Executive Director Greg Hazle, Post-Irma Community Efforts, Announcement of our 2017 Woman Volunteer of the Year Nominee and much more.

BHH Receives Grant from Macy's Foundation

Boca Helping Hands wants to thank the Macy’s Foundation for their generous support of our programs.  In 2017 we received a general operating grant from their foundation.

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery Hosts Weekly Food Drive

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned good items, as opposed to the $3 entry fee, to enjoy an evening to music, comedy and fun. In total, Funky Buddha Lounge and Brewery and it's patrons have donated a whopping 5,589lbs of food!

BHH assists Boca Raton Firefighter & Paramedic Benevolent

Although BHH prepared for the worst that Hurricane Irma could bring, we were extremely fortunate to not suffer a direct hit of her most powerful winds. Seeing the devastation that has fallen on our neighbors to the south, we felt it imperative to help. 

Boca Helping Hands is open for Lunch Service and Pantry Bag Distribution.

Boca Helping Hands is officially open for lunch service & Pantry Bag distribution. Lunch is served 11:00am-12:30pm and Panty Bags can be picked up 9:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-3:00pm.