Staffing Changes at Boca Helping Hands

With regret, Boca Helping Hands has received the resignation of Ms. Judy Roy, who has served as our Volunteer Program Manager since June.  The entire Boca Helping Hands family wishes Judy every success in her future endeavors.  After a careful search, we discovered our new Volunteer Program Manager right under our nose…or at least at the front desk!  Effective Monday, January 31st, Ms. Deanna Duke who has been our receptionist since September, will assume her new role as Volunteer Program Manager.  Deanna’s upbeat, positive personality have won plaudits from volunteers and clients alike and we look forward to her taking responsibility for our amazing volunteers. With Deanna moving “down the hall”, Boca Helping Hands is now accepting applications for a Receptionist.  Anyone interested i

Another “Matching” Donor Steps Forward in support of Boca Helping Hands

To anyone familiar with Boca Helping Hands, the name Arthur Remillard is synonymous with philanthropy, commitment and bold vision.  When Boca Helping Hands was trying to consolidate operations into one building, an effort made critical by the catastrophic fire in August of 2009, Arthur Remillard stepped forward and offered the leading gift for the capital campaign.  Since his first involvement with Boca Helping Hands, Mr. Remillard has been among our most consistent supporters.  Each year, he assists BHH and its various events with his financial support as well as his presence, guidance and advice.  Making frequent and unannounced visits, Mr. Remillard quietly and proudly observes the bee hive of activity taking place in the building that bears his name.

The Jim Moran Foundation Funds New Job Training Initiative at Boca Helping Hands

(November 7, 2012) -- For most people, Boca Helping Hands (BHH) means a hot meal or a pantry bag of groceries.  For others, BHH means a backpack filled with food for the weekend for children.  Still others associate BHH with limited financial assistance to pay rent or utility bills.  However, its stated mission is to break the cycle of dependence.  A recent $100,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation, along with support from The Salah Foundation and The Hagen Family Foundation, will allow BHH to take a major step forward in empowering clients to become self-sufficient.

Boca Helping Hands Celebrates 1,000,000 Pounds of Food Recovered in 2012!

Boca Helping Hands has reached a new milestone, 1,000,000 pounds of food recovered!  Thank you for being a part of this amazing journey to help those less fortunate in our community.   Food Recovery *Each year America produces 539,000,000,000 pounds of food *We throw out HALF of that (270,000,000,000 pounds of food) *Fully HALF of that (135,000,000,000 pounds) is recoverable. *Based on statistics and population, Palm Beach County throws out 169,000,000 pounds of recoverable food each year.

Boca Helping Hands Receives 7th Consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Over the past few months, you have read about the incredible growth in the numbers of people served by the incredible volunteers and staff at Boca Helping Hands. Today, we serve over 4,600 hot meals each month, and distribute well over 4,000 pantry bags of perishable and non-perishable groceries to local families. Over 1000 students in local elementary schools receive backpacks on Friday with food for the weekend. And our Resource Center and Job Mentor Program are serving more people than ever before.

Dean J. Borg New Member of Boca Helping Hands' Board of Directors

Boca Helping Hands is proud to announce the addition of Dean J. Borg, new member of the Board of Directors as of September 15, 2012. Boca Helping Hands is a leading community resource center for Boca Raton.  Boca Helping Hands’ programs include:   The Food Center - open 6 days serving lunch Monday through Saturday, and a Thursday night family dinner; Pantry Program – Distributing over 4,000 pantry bags monthly to qualified clients; Resource Center – Reaching out into the community to offer referrals to other agencies as well as limited financial help to qualified Boca Raton residents in crisis situations; Children’s Assistance Program – Helping children with after school programs and summer camps; BHH Backpacks-reaching five elementary schools with over 1,000 students who are given backpacks containing 6 meals, 2 snacks and 2 juice boxes for the weekend; The Job Mentoring Program – Helping our clients become job ready with our expanding computer and Life Skills classes.

Monica Bucher, Boca Helping Hands' Volunteer, Sun Sentinel's Unsung Hero

Boca Helping Hands' Volunteer, Monica Bucher, is this weeks Unsung Hero for the Sun Sentinel.  Please click on the link below to learn more about this very interesting lady and all she has done here at Boca Helping Hands.  She and her husband, Ron, run the West Boca Pantry Distribution Program.  Congratulations Monica!  We are so proud you are representing Boca Helping Hands.

BHH Presented Check from Karen Slattery Pre-K Students

On June 18th the Karen Slattery Child Development Center (ERCCD) Pre K class invited Boca Helping Hands to come for a check presentation and to pick up food from their food drive. The students were interested in grocery stores so their teacher and aid, Ms. Debbie Talbot & Ms. Sarah Reaves arranged for the students to tour

Bat Mitzvah Project of Basket Centerpeices donated to BHH

Sarah Rose Sherman celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with a special project.  She and her family created 13 center pieces with 13 items in each for a family  four-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner plus dessert. Sarah and her mother, Rachel, came to Boca Helping Hands on Monday, June 11, 2012 to deliver the baskets.

GoSection8 Volunteering at Boca Helping Hands

The entire staff of GoSection8 spent the afternoon of May 17th sorting goods at our local food bank, Boca Helping Hands. Our t-shirts say it all: "We Serve With Passion."

Whole Foods Market Team Members Give to BHH

During Whole Foods Market team member appreciation week, there are various events to celebrate our team members. One of them was a sandwich event and team members donated a canned food and received a free lunch prepared by Chef Abby.  The canned food was donated to Boca Helping Hands with a total of 149 cans!  A whole shopping cart full.

Gary Peters, BHH Board President, 2012 Recipient of the "Men with Caring Hearts Award"!

Each year, the Florence Fuller Child Development Center recognizes men in our community who have devoted themselves to service and philanthropy.  Charities throughout Boca Raton and beyond nominate worthy candidates who are honored at the Men with Caring Hearts annual luncheon.  From these worthy nominees, a committee has the unenviable task of selecting ONE to honor as the Awardee.

Boca Club News Article on Mr. Arthur Remillard Jr.

Mr. Arthur Remillard is featured in the Boca Club News. 

Proceeds from Lemonade stand for BHH

Ava Smith is a Kindergarten student from Mrs. Erickson's class at Boca Christian School. She is a member of FUMC and has a baby sister, Amelia, 2 years old, that she helps mom with.

BHH Event A Great Success! Keith Nassetta winner of this years MONOPOLY Tournament.

Boca Helping Hands held its 6th Annual MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night March 3, 2012 at the beautiful Via Mizner Golf and Country Club located at 6200 Boca Del Mar Drive in Boca Raton (viamiznergcc.com).  Another successful event was realized with Boca Helping Hands raising over $120,000!  Fun was had by all with the fast paced tournament style Monopoly, classics Casino Gaming including, Roulette, and Black Jack.  Live music performed by the ever popular Ott, Ott and Hull, cocktails and dinner.  Additionally an amazing silent and live auction took place.  Live items included a ride on the Good Year Blimp; VIP treatment at a Boston Red Sox Game; Sheriff for a day; and a stay in Key West!  Keith Nassetta won this years MONOPOLY Tournament for the 2nd time in a row and the 3rd time since MONOPOLY was introduced as an event at BHH.

Link to Gary Peters on WAY FM Speaking about Boca Helping Hands and our MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night.

Gary Peters, President of the board of directors at Boca Helping Hands, was interviewed on Way FM where he spoke about our upcoming  6th Annual MONOPOLY Event and Casino Night and Boca Helping Hands.

Lew Lautin, Photographer, was featured on The Balancing Act seen on Lifetime TV channel

On Friday, January 13, 2012 Lew Lautin, Photographer, was featured on The Balancing Act show on the nationally broadcast channel Lifetime TV.  He speaks of Boca Helping Hands and other work he is doing.   Follow the link to see the program.

Allianz Championship - Birdies Fore Charity - Make a pledge and choose Boca Helping Hands as your charity to benefit from this event.

Allianz Championship birdies fore charity event is February 6-12, 2012.  Make a pledge or a one time donation.  Choose Boca Helping Hands as your charity to benefit from this event.

Boca Christian School Torch Run Benefits Boca Helping Hands!

Boca Christian Schools Annual Torch Run:  Saturday, January 21, 2012 was a perfect day for a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Youth Run.  Boca Christian had a record 350 entries!

A Blessed 2012 to All

Last Saturday, I ran into Ron and Monica Bucher who had just returned to the Boca Helping Hands warehouse after another busy day passing out Pantry Bags in West Boca.  Monica seemed visibly moved and handed me an envelope.  I assumed she was moved because their team had just distributed 200 pantry bags in two hours.  You read that right… In 2011, the amazing Boca Helping Hands family…

You Did It...$175,000.00 Matching Campaign - Thank you for your wonderful support.

Just 60 days ago, an anonymous donor challenged our BHH family to match a $175,000 gift by year end.  We are happy to report that with your help not only did we meet that goal…we shattered it…raising