Little Helping Hands

Rating: 4.93 stars   99 reviews 6,863

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: 8711 Burnet Rd. B-33 Austin TX 78755 USA

Mission: Our mission is to engage young children and their families in community service and inspire lifelong volunteerism.
Results: 2014 Community Impact Value to our community. - 1,980 volunteer hours were spent cleaning and beautifying Austin parks & green spaces - 887 families assisted those in difficult circumstances by helping to get food on the table - 438 volunteer children & their families spent 775 hours supporting Austin seniors with smiles & shared experiences - 63 volunteer activities benefited Central Texas animals/pets by providing food, handmade toys, and other items in support of adoption efforts - 716 volunteer children helped other kids and families by preparing/assembling donated items such as books, diapers, warm coats, backpacks, and daily essentials - 350 volunteer hours were spent helping our partner agencies further their missions by providing event support Value to our children. - Improved understanding of the needs in our community - Empathy for others and respect for our environment - Development of new skills and a work ethic - Exposure to the value of team work - Self-realization that they can make a difference Value to our families. - Quality time together - Strengthening communication - Sharing of family values - Starting a family tradition of volunteering
Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, we directly helped over 60 nonprofit organizations by organizing 692 volunteer activities. We brought 4,183 children and their parents/caregivers into the community to contribute over 9,380 total volunteer hours.
Programs: Through our website, families can view each month a wide variety of hands-on volunteer opportunities supporting numerous nonprofits/groups and sign up for them directly, making it simple for parents/caregivers and their children to experience the value and importance of community service together in a fun and positive learning environment. Little Helping Hands will also work with local businesses to create or enhance employee community service programs with family volunteer opportunities and assist those looking for group volunteer opportunities within the Austin community.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-0452295
512-358-6943
www.littlehelpinghands.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing nonprofit that my children and I have had the privilege of volunteering with for many years. The staff are so friendly and great with kids, the organizations that Little Helping Hands work with always have age-appropriate activities, and the benefits are great for both the organizations seeking assistance and the families. My kids have learned a great deal at every job that they have volunteered to do. Some are more fun than others, but as my kids get older I can see that they are beginning to understand the importance of every job. It is wonderful to discuss with them how their work helps others during and after each activity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few years ago, I was looking for volunteer opportunities for my young daughter. Little Helping Hands provided the perfect activities for children her age, and allowed us to volunteer as a family. Over time, Little Helping Hands has offered countless ways for me, my husband, and my two children to help animals, the environment, and those in need. My children are developing a better understanding of what it means to give, that giving of their time is just as valuable (maybe more so) than monetary donations. Little Helping Hands is just a wonderful organization!!

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

Offer more volunteer opportunities for families with parents that work during the week -- more weekend opportunities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

There are so few opportunities available for young children to volunteer. I feel fortunate to have found an organization like LHH that appreciates the enthusiasm and abilities of those under 10 years old to help others. As a family, we have worked at Goodwill to help disassemble computers. My children enjoy the activity, they ask questions, and they are developing an understanding of charity and commitment -- and maybe an interest in technology!

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

Goodwill puts people to work! The computer parts are able to be sold as-is or as part of another computer, which helps Goodwill fulfill its mission.

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

Offer more opportunities to volunteer, particularly for working parents (evenings/weekends).

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough positive comments to accurately convey how wonderful this program is. I would encourage parents to
Take your kids to as many different offerings as possible - my kids learned they loved volunteering with the elderly and the outdoor clean ups / gardening but didn't love some other volunteer activities but each experience made them realize how fortunate they are and they always feel good after an activity. It is important to introduce kids to the cycle of giving back and making the community a better place for everyone. If one activity doesn't fit then try another.
The team at LHH are always great at explaining what is expected and making sure everyone has fun in the process.
Fantastic organization that helps us as parents show our kids the importance of contributing
Thank you LHH for helping me be a better parent and for providing wonderful role models for my children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization and people. Kids learn how to help, why people need help, and about why it is important that they are the ones to step forward and do it. Luckily we are not living in those situations everyday, so it also gives the kids a chance to step into it, learn about it, and not be afraid or hateful of those who are there. The groups are small enough to feel as though they are contributing, and organized enough to not let the kids get bored waiting. Much respect to the people who make it happen.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 9 year old son has volunteered with LHH numerous times, along with myself and/or my husband. We absolutely love the organization! They are friendly, organized, and very informative. The small incentives for the kids (t-shirt, ice cream coupon) are great, but don't overshadow the real reward of contributing to the community. Volunteering once (sometimes twice) a month with LHH has brought our family closer and has opened up a lot of interesting/meaningful conversations for us. We tend to volunteer at the same location each month, and the LHH representative on site always remembers my son's name and chats with him as we're getting started; this makes him feel incredibly special.

It's also important to note that the opportunities are authentic volunteer events, not just cutesy excuses to get kids involved. My 9 year old LOVES that he is making a concrete difference, and I know that if the volunteer events were just fluff that he would grow disinterested. There are a variety of opportunities, and I love exposing our son to the myriad of ways that one can get involved in the community and help out.

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

n/a

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My children and I volunteer through LHH about once per month. It's a fabulous experience for each of us, and we really appreciate that LHH brings opportunities for the little ones to help out. They also do a great job at each event of explaining to the children how their activities at that particular event are helping out the community. I highly recommend this charity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We had a wonderful time at our first LHH event at Mayfield Park. The work was tough because of the heat but we were provided with water and shade so it was okay. Our kids learned a great deal about the importance of serving the community. We hope to participate again soon!

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

Just more spots. Everything else was great.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our experiences with LHH has brought our family closer all while helping the community. Each activity has been positive and educational. Every representative from LHH has been professional, approachable, and kind. It has been extremely rewarding to participate with an organization that makes the world a better place. In fact, our only issue is that the organization is such a success that opportunities fill up quickly. I highly recommend LHH to all of my friends!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 5-year-old daughter has participated in two volunteer events with Little Helping Hands (at Dell Children's Hospital and Habitat for Humanity). She loved them both and can't wait to be a "helper" again. LHH does a great job making volunteer events appropriate for preschoolers and school-aged children and makes it a fun experience for both kids and parents. I look forward to getting the calendar to sign up every month!

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

I would love to see even more community partnerships = more volunteer events. The calendar fills up very quickly and it is sometimes hard to get signed up for weekend events.!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My seven year old daughter has been volunteering through LLH and absolutely adores it. She is excited to go and comes home afterwards beaming over her accomplishments. She also seems to have more compassion for differences and often asks if we can bring various things to the people at Caritas. Thank you for this opportunity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My three children and I have been volunteering with LHH for the past several years. We've experienced a range of their activities---from making holiday crafts at a senior center, to making lunches for residents of a Foundation Communities, to picking kale at a local farm, and many, many more. Each time, we learn something new and it has been incredibly valuable for my children to learn about so many different aspects of our community. LHH is extremely well organized and I feel very lucky that we have such an amazing and much-needed nonprofit here in Austin.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Let me just start by saying I am so very blessed to live in the same city as LHH! When my son was 4 years old, I started looking for opportunities for him to experience the gift of giving and the fulfillment that comes with keeping our community beautiful. LHH was there to offer a variety of experiences. In his first year, we painted graffiti with the City of Austin; made meals for the families of The Ronald McDonald House; helped a food pantry plant a huge garden, picked up trash in our city's most popular park and bagged dog food for the pets of the homeless.

My favorite part of all these events is the conversations that happen when I explain the purpose of our efforts. Usually it's hard to keep back the tears. I remember when I was explaining how the Ronald McDonald House gives families a place to stay for free when they have a sick child in the nearby hospital and can't afford lodging and how we were going to help make dinner for them. My little boy says, "Mommy, they can stay with us in my bed if they need to."

He is 7 now and I know that his giving heart has blossomed over these past 3 years because of his involvement with LHH. My daughter is 4 and I plan to take her down the same path as her brother. She just had her first experience and was blown away when I told her we just made dinner for 22 families.

Thanks you, LHH, for doing what you do! I wish every city had the opportunities you offer to ours. I am so proud of you, Marissa, for bringing your vision to life! I wish you amazing growth and reach with LHH! Cheers to nurturing the giving spirits of our children!

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