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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to engage children in volunteerism and empower them to make a difference in their communities.

Results: 2015 Community Impact: • 851 volunteer activities organized • 4,981 kids and their parents/caregivers logged 11,270 volunteer hours serving 77 nonprofit agencies/groups Value to our community: • 2,038 volunteer hours cleaning and beautifying Austin parks & green spaces • 1,015 families assisted those in difficult circumstances by helping to get food on their tables • 687 kids & their families spent 1,637 hours supporting seniors with smiles & shared experiences • 72 activities benefited animals/pets by providing food, handmade toys, and items supporting adoption efforts • 876 volunteer children helped other kids and families by preparing/assembling donated items such as books, diapers, warm coats, backpacks, and daily essentials • 235 volunteer hours were spent working for health-related causes through event support Value to kids: • Understanding community needs • Empathy for others & respect for our environment • Development of new skills and work ethic • Exposure to the value of team work • Self-realization that they can make a difference Value to 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 70 nonprofit organizations by organizing 851 volunteer activities. We brought 4,981 children and their parents/caregivers into the community to contribute 11,270 total volunteer hours.

Geographic areas served: Austin, TX

Programs: Family Volunteering: Through our website, families can view each month a wide variety of hands-on service 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. Youth Leadership Programs: For older kids and teens, we offer educational and leadership programs that enhance the learning that comes through our service experiences.

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the very best organized, most meaningful volunteer experiences I have ever had, not to mention my children. I am so very impressed with the quality, quantity and organization of volunteer opportunities. Thank you to LHH for exposing our children to community service in such a perfect way.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We just started volunteering with LHH and it was a great experience! Well organized and fun. I'm very happy to have this opportunity to volunteer with my kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about Little Helping Hands! Our family has been volunteering with LHH for three years now and it has been a wonderful way for us to show our son how important it is to us to give back to our community and instill that value in him! He REALLY enjoys every activity (which are extremely well organized) and our volunteer opportunities have generated some great conversations and given him a better understanding/appreciation of many non profit organizations in our area.

Volunteer

Rating: 2

LHH has been great to work with. We have worked at Goodwill's Electronic Recycling center a couple of times. I think the 1 1/2 hour time is just right for this age, and LHH is great about making it an enjoyable experience, from being friendly, informative and helpful, to having snacks and drinks at the end to take on our way out.

My only complaint is that it is very difficult to catch an open spot. The spots fill up immediately. My hope for the future would be LHH growing and offering more opportunities. It is possible to get first-pick if you donate money to LHH, but the required donation amount is too high for me. While I can see their logic on generating donations that way, it feels like paying for the privilege of donating my (and my kids') time. It's not necessarily a bad way to go as a strategy, but something about it feels off-putting, and perhaps it could be done in a better way.

Mainly, I just wish we could volunteer with LHH much more often than we are able to. If I happen to be at my computer when the calendar is sent out for the next month, I can get us signed up before it is full, but if I am not... we're out of luck. It's probably been nearly a year since we started with LHH, and we have only worked twice.

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marissa 01/30/2013

Hi, Jennifer! Thanks for taking the time to complete a review on us. I'm glad you've enjoyed joining our group over at Goodwill GreenWorks. We recognize that our demand is higher than supply and hope that as our nonprofit grows, so will our opportunities. I encourage you to get on our waiting list for any of our activities that you are most interested in and to also check our calendar periodically throughout the month. The spots do fill fast once we post the monthly calendar, but almost every week, spots do open up. Marissa Vogel ~ Founder & Executive Director

Jinna M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had many fantastic opportunities to volunteer with my grandchildren, ages 6 and 10, through Little Helping Hands. I appreciate it so much!

Anna35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot begin to explain how wonderful LHH is for our family. It used to be hard finding a way for my 3 children to volunteer and give back to the community but with LHH it's been so simple. Thank you for making volunteering something my children love and look forward to doing!

Chris94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Helping Hands is a fabulous organization that helps teach children the importance and benefits of volunteering in their community. Volunteer activities are well planned and just the right length for children.

Carlee P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little Helping Hands is an awesome organization that does so much in getting kids involved at a young age in the community. There are so few charities that allow kids to volunteer and LHH really helps to fill that need. My daughter and I started volunteering with them about 3 years ago when she was 4 years old, she is now almost 7 and still loves the projects. I would highly recommend their programs to anyone with children from 3 years and up. Great people!

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Rating: 5

Awesome Organization, what a great family experience!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What better way to teach your children the importance of volunteering in their community than by standing next to them as they do! I love this organization for the great opportunities they have provided my family to make our city a better place to live.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The activities that we have done through Little Helping Hands have been so wonderful and inspiring for my children. Everything is very well organized and done with a purpose.