Little Helping Hands

Rating: 4.93 stars   97 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Philanthropy

Location: P.O. Box 29142 Austin TX 78755 USA

Mission: Our mission is to engage young children and their families in community service and inspire lifelong volunteerism.
Results: 2013 Community Impact - 644 volunteer activities organized ~ 35% more activities than in 2012 - 3,845 children and their parents/caregivers logged over 8,300 total volunteer hours last year serving over 50 organizations/groups. Value to our community. - Prepared and served meals to 3,800 people experiencing homelessness or hard times - 2,300 hours assisting the homeless and working poor in Austin’s pantries, food bank, shelters, and other support services - 2,280 hours as environmental stewards helping to keep Austin beautiful - 1,440 pounds of dog food donated and prepared for the homeless and their pets - 1,000 hours of companionship shared with the elderly and disabled - 627 hours spent organizing, cleaning, and sorting educational/literacy materials - 10% of contributions we receive are passed on to our partners as in-kind donations 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
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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved from the sidelines in Little Helping Hands since its founding in the Spring of 2009. What started out as a small grass-roots non-profit has today become the driving force of family volunteerism in Austin. This recently shared factoid from Little Helping Hands illustrates this: "Through September of this year (2012), we offered 37 volunteer opportunities each month on average, providing 1,400 families and 2,400 children with service activities..."

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the husband of the Executive Director and Founder of this organization, I can say firsthand that this organization has been a game changer to our family's approach to life and what's important in the end. My two girls, who are 6 and 8, continue to learn the lesson of giving by doing and day after day appreciate more and more what they're fortunate enough to have.

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

observing my children and how their entire outlook on life has changed. When your soon to be 8 year old voluntarily decides to have birthday guests donate to a dog shelter in lieu of gifts, then you know an organization has made a priceless impression on a participant.

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

have it win the lottery. The lack of substantial funding for the organization is not only hindering its growth but potential. Unlike other non-profits, the mission of Little Helping Hands is not as tangible as maybe an organization fighting a childhood disease. Potential donors have to look beyond the surface and understand they are getting behind a cause that changes the landscape of volunteers for generations to come.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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