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Helping Hands of Summit County Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews 1,071

Address:

1363 Girard St ms. Phyllis M Byrd Akron OH 44301 USA

Mission:

To help the less fortunate that God puts in my path, and give them a way out of poverty/sickness and by giving them a hand UP (not out), the charity gives HOPE and dignity.

Results:

"David's House" ( a project of the charity), has seen many youths come into a SAFE home, ending the cycle of being on the streets and dropping out of school and ending up in our prisons, or on drugs/alcohol and worse: death.

Target demographics:

women, children, the elderly and disabled

Direct beneficiaries per year:

600 individuals or families

Geographic areas served:

N.E. ohio, primarily summit county

Programs:

"David's House, "Cribs 4 Babies", Holiday 'Adopt-a-Family', those chronically ill, those who do NOT have the resources or capacity to help themselves, the charity provides opportunities for them to help theirselves, , or those experiencing a traumatic or LIFE-CHANGING event. '

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Reviews for Helping Hands of Summit County Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

During the holiday season in 2016, my family decided to forego giving gifts to each other so that we could provide Christmas for a family that may not otherwise have the means. I wanted to work with an organization that would allow for my family to sponsor an entire family. Phyllis identified two families, obtained a wish list from each family member. We purchased gifts, boxes, wrapping paper, tape, tissue, etc. We wrapped the gifts for the adult members of the family. The kids gifts were placed in a box with the all the trimmings so that the parents could see the gifts, wrap them and participate in providing for their children. The names of the families were not provided and we chose to donate anonymously. It was one of the best experiences and we hope to help out again this year.

I love the mission/vision of this organization. This is an organization that helps those who want to help themselves. Every person experiences rough times in life and this beautiful organization provides the resources for change. Phyllis works tirelessly to preserve the dignity of the recipients of her work. Highly recommended.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am a cancer survivor, who lost my business, my home and most of my personal belongings. I was so fortunate that Phyllis Byrd was put in my life. She helped me secure affordable housing, helped me with furniture, and most importantly helped me get back on my feet by connecting me with people that had side jobs so i could support myself and keep my home. I am proud to say those side jobs lead me to start my own business and i have continued to heal emotionally, & financially. thanks for believing in me, and giving me a chance to restart my life.

 
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my story is a simple one, Ms. Phyllis had a predictament a few Thanksgivings ago. She had over 100 local families that was not going to be able to sit down with their families and provide a traditional Thanksgiving day dinner. She realized she needed help, she called local businesses non stop until she was able to secure a commit from one of our very large national companies, who agreed to donate 75 frozen turkeys. Phyllis was ecstatic, but then realized, "i am but one person, with a little sub compact vehicle, now what?" She reached out to me, and i reached out to a few of my friends, and we picked up 75 turkeys on a Tuesday, and all was delivered personally by late on Wednesday night. i have never enjoyed so much chaos in my life, the happy faces, and the kids that greeted me, all so very thankful and appreciative of Ms. Phyllis, and so am I!... Thank you for all you do, God Bless

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity has helped so many people including myself. I like what they do so much that I decided to volunteer. The joy and graditude I get from helping others is the only reward I need. There are so many needs in Summit County alone. Something as simple as a visit to a shut in does wonders for that person. Delivering appliances and hooking them up has helped many families with children . delivering turkeys during the holidays has also helped many needy families and single mothers.Please donate your time or whatever you can to help this charity help others, God Bless.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

HELPING HANDS, inc. first got my attention when a good friend of mine and her husband were going thru some really ROUGH times...he had a terminal diagnosis and she was trying to keep the family with small children in their home...Phyllis Byrd (founder) made several house payments, almost completely furnished the home, brought a christmas tree and presents and dinner..until the father got on a disability check! It gave them HOPE to face an uncertain future...the orginization helps year 'round and has a website that shows what projects are going on...visit at: www.helpinghands-sc.org...phyllis and her volunteers attempt to help whoever God puts in her path..i have heard many stories of the babies she's helped and women and very sick people...the charity is a 501.3c, tax deductible and accepts vehicles, gift cards, monetary donations, etc...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several different time periods from 2003 thru the latest in May 2012

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help raise awareness of the charity and the good it does each and every day...GET THE WORD OUT about HELPING HANDS, inc. WEBSITE and how to contact ms. Phyllis to DONATE...P.O. box 26601 Akron, Oh 44319

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

From first hand seeing and hearing from everyday people that were helped and in the Akron Beacon Journal, West Side Leader, and the Suburbanite and Medina Gazzette...who ran various articles thru the years about Helping Hands...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello...I am a widow lady in my 50's with COPD. I have two young grandaughters residing with me and a handicapped son. I was in imminent danger of being put out on the street this last april (2016). Ms. Phyllis (founder) of HELPING HANDS, inc. provided us with a rent pymt, (until my disability started) and stopped us from becoming HOMELESS! The charity helped me get oxygen services, food, and clothing for the babies...She follows up with many of her clients and has used her own $, when the charities funds were low. I would definetly recommend this small, Christian based ministry to anyone out there wanting to donate to a charity that goes the extra mile...for the chronically sick, children and families trying to help themselves, she does home visits and "gives a HAND UP, not a HAND OUT"...mrs. Marilyn Shines...akron, oh

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Hello...I am a widow lady who has her two young granddaughters. Due to sudden onset of unexpected health problems, I almost died and that was only a few months ago. The challenge has been to keep a roof over our heads and pay for groceries, clothes, utilities and so on and so on...Helping Hands, inc. has been trying to help do all of that and more. The charity relies on private donations from people and business's to assist many families like mine. I thank everyone who has donated to the local charity. Many of us have a low income and it don't take much to pull the rug out from under us. And it is scary. Thank God for people like ms. Phyllis and Helping Hands and those who donate to her ministry. God bless! miss lulu

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I LIKE what this charity is doing for children who otherwise would be ON THE STREETS...it's cold out there and UNSAFE...they have to know they matter to someone! The charity is building SELF worth and esteem and teaching real LIFE SKILLS...:DAVID'S HOUSE" is where and how...There is none TALLER than the man who STOOPS to help a child"...PLEASE go to www.GoFundMe.com/5f2eqo and if you like what this ministry is about, please help them help those lesss fortunate than YOU or ME. "WITH GOD all things are possible." Please help!!! Visit @ helpinghands-sc.org or contact: P.O.Box 26601 Akron, OH 44319

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be a part of them getting bigger...and able to reach more needy

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I left new york state, without a penny in my pocket, a victim of a natural disaster...just the shirt on my back..disabled with a chronic illness and in my 60's...i ended up in summit county and a ms. phyllis had a heart, and had time to lend me a helping hand...found me a disability apartment and helped furnish it...i literally had nothing...but now i have hope. My illness has put me in the hospital and having no family here, i was truly alone and down in spirits...as it turns out ms. phyllis charity is called "HELPING HANDS". I am here today and doing well (even have a cat) because another human being really cared...Thank God there are people like her and the charity she founded and is a active person in it...otherwise, i might have given up and being overwhelmed even thought about ending my life! But ms. phyllis never gave up on me and kept trying to help me help myself!She told me she has followed alot of her clients thru months and years, staying in contant and caring...She does alot with little, anyone wanting to help her help others, send any donation to: Helping Hands, inc. P.O. Box 26601 Akron, Ohio 44319 or visit at: www.helpinghands-sc.org

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I came from Detroit in the middle of the nite with my 5 babies...HELPING HANDS, inc. CHARITY helped me find a house, completely furnished it too! It was this time of year, nov./dec. and the chsrity brought a christmas tree presents and xmas dinner...God bless them! They really came out, the founder IN PERSON and gave me and mine a HOME, HOPE and a HOLIDAY...I would tell anyone to please help ms. phyllis (founder) for she really does put her heart into helping and followed up with me to see how we were doing...i got a laptop and still go to her site...www.helpinghands-sc.org SHE and her orginization, HELPING HANDS, inc. really does help WOMEN and their CHILDREN!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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