HELPING HANDS ESSENTIALS PANTRY Overview
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c/o Christ Church
Target demographics: HHEP serves residents of Boston’s South Shore who live in the following towns: Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate and Weymouth. Our guests cannot have income from all sources of more than twice the federal poverty guidelines. We do not restrict based on race, creed, sexual orientation, or any other basis.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help stock the shelves in preparation for a Pantry opening, and serve as a "personal shopper" to distribute requested personal care items to a neighbor in need.
Geographic areas served: South Shore of Boston
The “Essentials Pantry” will be accessible to any and all members of the community who have a need for this service, with a focus on the working poor. Our goal is never to turn a family in need away from our doors. We do not aim to cover 100% of the items used by a typical household, but to partially defray their expenses by providing items most needed.
While the pantry will be housed at Christ Church Quincy, this will be a secular and inclusive program provided by and for all members of the community. We try to make our pantry a non-judgmental, spirited and uplifting place to visit for our neighbors who need a helping hand until their financial resources improve.
Helping Hands Essentials Pantry has been featured in The Patriot Ledger on December 10, 2009 “Girl Scouts get a lesson in giving back” and Episcopal News December 2010 edition “South Shore helping hands gets down to essentials.”
Our number of volunteers continues to increase, with the largest growth coming from those under the age of 18. The young volunteers get to see first hand who receives the items they gathered during the toiletries drive they helped to coordinate. They participate in all aspects of the pantry, from shopping, shelving and interacting to with guests.