Charity trains workers for food industry by Lona O'Connor - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

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To support a good cause, James S. Gavrilos "Goes to Jail" for MDA

Our Executive Director, James S. Gavrilos was arrested today, May 23, 2013 for having a Big Heart!!! Mr. Gavrilos wanted to be arrested among friends so he chose the noon hour at Boca Helping Hands where they serve lunches for 175 to 200 people a day six days a week.  Everyone laughed and cheered as the Boca Raton Police officer "arrested him". The Boca Raton Police Officer put on the handcuffs and led Mr. Gavrilos out to a waiting police car.  Being a good sport he even smilied for the camera!  Cafe Esperanza at Boca Helping Hands may visit him with a cake an a file!

Stamp Out Hunger-Boca Helping Hands 5-11-13

At 4:00pm Boca Helping Hands was bustling along with over 65 volunteers who were gearing up for the first truck of canned goods to come from the Stamp Out Hunger Drive sponsored through the US Post Office.  Boca Helping Hands was thrilled to receive the donations from the Tamiami Post Office in addition to the Boca Rio Station.  With BHH distributing over 5,000 bags of groceries each month we are very thankful for this opportunity to take part in the Stamp Out Hunger Drive. We want to thank our amazing community partners:  Junior League of Boca Raton, Bloomingdales of Boca, Leadership Boca Class of 2013, Rotary Club of Boca Raton, Rotaract of Palm Beach State College and Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Congratulations to Henry Jaakkola who won this year’s MONOPOLY Tournament!

Boca Helping Hands held its 7th Annual MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night on April 6, 2013 at the beautiful Via Mizner Golf and Country Club located at 6200 Boca Del Mar Drive in Boca Raton (  Fun was had by all with the fast paced tournament style Monopoly, classics Casino Gaming including, Roulette, and Black Jack (Casino Party Nights Florida Inc.). This year a DJ was added with lots of dancing!  An amazing silent and live auction took place. Some items from the Live Auction were:  VIP treatment at a Boston Red Sox Game; Sheriff for a day; and a stay at Captiva Island!

Boca Helping Hands Remembers Marilyn Frontera

On Thursday Night, Boca Helping Hands served the usual Thursday Night Family Dinner from 4:30 to 6:00.  But this week (March 21st) dinner will take on a special significance.  It has been one year since the passing of our beloved Marilyn Frontera.  We will honor Marilyn’s memory in a manner consistent with her own courageous fight against cancer.

Bloomingdales is celebrating their 16th Annual Bag Hunger Drive

This event consists of employees donating money, canned goods and volunteer time. We are recipients of all of these from our local Boca Raton Bloomingdales. James S. Gavrilos, Executive Director, Nate Cousineau, Resource Center Manager met Paul Eismen, Senior Executive Loss Prevention Manager and Mary Ann who helped place 491lbs of donated food into the Boca Helping Hands van. We appreciate the continued support from our community partners such as Bloomingdales of Boca Raton.

Serving up independence

Boca Raton's newest catering service made its debut Tuesday with a signature dessert — strawberries stuffed with cheesecake — and a way of satisfying a human hunger beyond an empty stomach.

The Dawn of a New Day…and the Birth of Hope

Just moments ago, ten individuals left Boca Helping Hands loaded with pans, warming trays and utensils.  These individuals are currently unemployed…or at least they were until this morning. Today is the first catering “gig” to be prepared and set up by those in our new created Job Training Program.  As of this morning, these individuals are unemployed no longer!

Boca Helping Hands Winter 2013 Newsletter

Thanks to you our Matching Campaign is a Success!!

See how much you have donated to Boca Helping Hands Annual Matching Campaign.

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.