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...
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?”
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.
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.”
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.
Boca Helping Hands, a nonprofit organization that provides food, medical and financial assistance to individuals and families, recently opened the first Gluten Free Pantry Bag Program in Palm Beach County. The South Florida Celiac Support Group is providing the funding to help residents in need who have celiac disease or a gluten allergy or intolerance.
This is Boca Helping Hands major fundraising event of the year as guests vie for the BHH title of, MONOPOLY® Game Champion. Enjoy the tasty hors d’oeuvres and dinner while checking out our Silent and Live Auction. There is also Casino Gaming for our guests to enjoy. Have fun as our DJ mixes the music for your dancing and listening pleasure. All proceeds from this event benefit Boca Helping Hands, a 501 (c) (3) organization named Charity Navigator 4 Star award winner for the 13th consecutive year.
Every year the program honors two extraordinary men who have personally dedicated their lives to the betterment of our community. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the remarkable Gary Peters, Board President of Boca Helping Hands, for his transformative work.
Boca Helping Hands is pleased to announce that as of this morning we’ve officially kicked off our Gluten Free Pantry Bag Program! President and CEO Phyllis Kessler of the South Florida Celiac Support Group, funders of this program, was onsite for a tour and witnessed the launch of this new program.
Boca Helping Hands has opened the Justin D. Webb Training Center, to accommodate its Job Readiness and other training classes.
BOCA RATON — Arthur Remillard was a successful business owner, a dedicated family man and a generous philanthropist best known for his support of Boca Helping Hands and for providing the bulk of funding for the organization’s $3 million, 15,000-square-foot resource center.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — The Town Center at Boca Raton was closed to shoppers for the holiday, but the doors were open for dozens of families eating Christmas dinner.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — Boca Helping Hands, a community-based organization, will be helping hundreds of families this holiday season by providing dinners to those in need at three different events in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.
FAU’s 10th annual “ExtravaCANza” event yesterday featured 16 different student organizations collecting canned food for local charities as a part of the Homecoming week festivities.
Boca Helping Hands held its 12th annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive at Strikes at Boca with 400 kids and supporters in attendance. The event benefited participating children's non-profits.