Boca Helping Hands Summer 2014 Newsletter

This newsletter contains articles on Events, Strategic Plan, Board Member, Volunteer, and Foundation Spotlight, and much more...,

People & Places...Unsung Heroes...Col Buddy Harris

Why do you volunteer? It's the rent I pay for my space on Earth. Describe your volunteer role...It is a dual role in that three days a week, I pick up rotated food from Starbucks stores, and one day every week, I teach Microsoft Word to a one-hour

Soup kitchen's 'helping hands' now guiding people to work

Transforming people who need help into helpers is becoming a bigger part of the mission of Boca Helping Hands. Flush from its success at training food workers and putting them to work at its own catering service, the Boca soup kitchen is about to

Community Unites to Stamp Out Hunger

SunSentinel article on Boca Helping Hands participation in the USPS Stamp Out Hunger DAy, May 10, 2014

Boca Helping Hands Spring 2014 Newsletter

This newsletter contains Stategic Plan update, Event updates, Heart & Spirit information, Board Member Spotlight, Volunteer Spotlight, and much more.

Men with Caring Hearts: Greg Peters Named Outstanding Male Volunteer for Boca Raton!

With 18 of the most dedicated male volunteers in our area on stage, a hush fell over the hundreds gathered at Boca West Country Club for the announcement of this year’s Florence Fuller Men with Caring Hearts Award.  The resumes of the 18 nominees were simply overwhelming.  Some of the most accomplished and committed community leaders had been nominated by the charities they serve.  Some (notably, Arthur Adler from the Boca West Commun

Boca Helping Hands was honored by FAU Division of Student Affairs

Boca Helping Hands thanks FAU and Nori Carter, Director, Weppner Center for Civic Engagement & Service for coordinating the students to help Boca Helping Hands with FAU's Extravacanza and other volunteering opportunities at BHH.

12 year old Runs Colorful Race for Boca Helping Hands!

Amanda Klafter, 12 year old daughter of Melissa Klafter of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., decided to run a race and raise funds for Boca Helping Hands.  Amanda chose, Run or Dye which is the world's most colorful 5K / 3.1M themed run.  This event took place on March 22 in Davie, Florida.  The participants got blasted with safe, eco-friendly, powdered dye, turning them into a colorful canvas of fun.


Boca Helping Hands would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, staff, donors and attendees for making our  8th annual event an amazing success.

Game pieces in place for Boca Helping Hands' annual 'Monopoly Event & Casino Game Night'

Still time to get your tickets for Boca Helping Hands' annual Monopoly Event & Casino Game Night!

Boca Helping Hands' Nominee for 2014 Men with Caring Hearts-Greg Peters

During the past 5 years, Greg has been focusing on grant opportunities with foundations and local corporations; the results have been outstanding. In addition to fund raising Greg may occasionally be found working on various projects, warehouse work, or the past 5 years Greg has been focusing on grant opportunities with foundations and local corporations; the results have been outstanding. In addition to fund raising Greg may occasionally be found working on various projects, warehouse work, picking up food etc… Greg has been happily married to his wife Debbie since 1992 and they have one beautiful daughter Hayley who will graduate from Pope John Paul II High School in May 2014 and continue her education at The University of Alabama. Greg’s other pursuits are golf; snow skiing, yoga and music.

Boca Helping Hands congratulates one of our volunteers, Adam Peters, on his new appointment.

Boca Helping Hands congratulates one of our volunteers, Adam Peters, on his new appointment:   Gary Peters Family Foundation announced that Adam Peters has officially joined the organization as a Director.

Change of Date for the introduction of Phase II of our Strategic Plan! Now Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 P.M.

Change of Date for the introduction of Phase II of our Strategic Plan!  The date has been changed to Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the Boca Helping Hands Food Center.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY...Boca Helping Hands sees increase in donor awareness.

Boca Raton-It's not yet 9 a.m. on Wednesday and already 274 pound of food have been saved...

2014 Mingling Melodies & Motors Fundraiser proceeds go to BHH

The Chapel of Saint Andrew in Boca Raton is having its annual event!  Mingling Melodies and Motors Auto Show & Oldies Concert Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:30 am - 3 pm (gates open at 11) Proceeds to benefit Boca Helping Hands! 75 Classic, Vintage Automobiles, The Fabulons Concert, Great Food & Beverages, Special Activities for All Ages.

Thanks to you our Matching Campaign was a Success!!

Thank you for helping us to exceed the goal for Boca Helping Hands' Annual Matching Campaign.

The Twelve Days of Christmas…BHH Style! Another Matching Donor Steps Forward!

My calendar reads December 19th.  There are twelve days remaining in 2013…and hence twelve days remaining in our annual End of the Year Matching Campaign.  Thanks to the generosity of so many of our stakeholders, we are quickly bearing down on our target of raising $175,000 in unrestricted contributions to support general operations.  Those funds will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous benefactor.  And then, Mr. Remillard stepped forward…

HOLIDAY HOURS for Boca Helping Hands

The administrative office and Food Center of Boca Helping Hands will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013...We will reopen with our regular hours on December 26th.

Macy's Foundation $4,000 Grant to Boca Helping Hands!

Boca Helping Hands wants to thank the Macy’s Foundation for their generous support of our programs.  In 2013 we received a $45,000 grant from their foundation.  This money will be used to support our many programs that include:

Charity Navigator Names BHH one of the 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.

iStorage Boynton Beach helping to feed hungry families

iStorage Boynton Beach is partnering with Boca Helping Hands to feed families in need.

Thanksgiving Week 2013 - Aching muscles, drenched clothing…and warm spirits…

From Monday morning to Wednesday morning, the amazing team of BHH staff and volunteers distributed 1250 turkeys and baskets to local families.  Those with tickets came on Monday and Tuesday to receive their baskets and turkeys.  On Monday, while all this activity was going on across the street at the Annex, our staff and volunteers in the main facility were handling an overflow crowd. On Monday morning alone, they passed out over 340 pantry bags of groceries…a new one day record at BHH!  Tuesday brought more of the same.  This morning, at 6:45 A.M. in a cold, drenching rain, Bill Harper, Deanna Duke, Natalie Warren, Maureen Cavallaro and volunteers from Lexis-Nexis and F.A.U. were on hand to distribute the remaining turkeys and baskets on a “first come-first served” basis.  In the pouring rain and in the darkness of a Wednesday morning, a steady stream of cars lined up to receive a Thanksgiving Turkey and Basket.

ICAN Food Drive Press Release

(Boca Raton, FL) November 27, 2013 – In the spirit of giving, America’s premier health insurance agency iCan Benefit Group recently hosted a food drive for Boca Helping Hands, a local South Florida community-based charity that provides food and emergency assistance to those in need.  The drive, which was held from November 1st to November 15th at iCan’s Boca Raton corporate headquarters, yielded a substantial donation wherein 356 pounds of dry and canned goods was raised for families and individuals currently in crisis.

Tilson PR is launching a “Give a Like to Give Back” campaign on their Facebook page.

With the holiday season approaching, it’s not only a time for year-end reviews and planning, but also a time to give back to the community and to those less fortunate.  From canned food collections to toy drives to monetary donations, there are many ways to turn this hectic time of year into something so much more meaningful. This year, following an incredible presentation from James S. Gavrilos, Executive Director of Boca Helping Hands, a community-based 501© (3) organization that provides help for people in crisis situations including meals, the Tilson PR team jumped at the opportunity in giving back to this group.    Every week, the team volunteers at the Boca Helping Hands facility.  From working the front desk to warehouse support to bagging groceries, the Tilson team is ready to roll up their sleeves to make a difference.

SunTrust is hosting a Wine & Cheese Evening. Proceeds to benefit BHH

November 20, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm $10.00 per person

Peggy Jones Named Junior League of Boca Raton's Woman Volunteer of the Year!

Peggy Jones Named Junior League of Boca Raton's Woman Volunteer of the Year!

Statler Orthodontics FEED BOCA Food Drive November through December for BHH!

Statler Orthordontics has once again united with Boca Helping Hands to collect food during this upcoming holiday season.

Boca Helping Hands Fall 2013 Newsletter

his newsletter contains articles on the Annual Matching Campaign, Bowling for Bread, Esperanza Catering and much more...

3rd Class of Esperanza Catering at BHH Advances!

The 3rd Class of Esperanza Catering had their Advancement Ceremony at Boca Helping Hands on October 18, 2013.  The ceremony was held in the food center.  James Gavrilos, Executive Director; Peggy Jones, Job Mentoring Director; Shandra Stringer, PBSC Teacher of Phase I-Live Skills; Isabel Karimi, PBSC Business Analyst; and Kerri Powers, Esperanza Catering at Boca Helping Hands Hospitality Supervisor; were all there to congratulate the students.  Each student received a certificate of completion, Serve Safe Certification and Alcohol Awareness Certification.   These students are on their way to a very bright future.  We are very proud of the work they have done!  Class 4 is starting Phase III of this course.

Walmart Teams up with Boca Helping Hands