Little Helping Hands

Rating: 4.93 stars   102 reviews

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.
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EIN 27-0452295
512-358-6943
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Rating: 5 stars  

Little Helping Hands partners with Refugee Services of Texas to shop for and set up apartments for refugees resettling in Austin. LHH is always organized in it's volunteer recruitment, provides nutritious snacks for the volunteers, and provides a volunteer opportunity that is educational for the volunteers (part of the activity is involves a short discussion of what a refugee is, the process of how they get to America, the cultural challenges they face, etc.) and of great service to the community. In a community with an abundance of not-for-profits, LHH is unique and fills a great gap in opportunities for service for youngsters.

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

Seeing how beautiful the apartments turn out that Little Helping Hands helps to set up, and hearing the response from the caseworkers from the families that see their first homes in America that were lovingly set up by Little Helping Hands volunteers. Some of the families bring gently used and new items to help decorate the apartments and provide clothing and playthings for the children arriving.

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

Help them find more funding so they could have even more activities for the volunteers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

On its face, Little Helping Hands is about creating volunteer opportunities for younger children. But for our family this has meant quality time doing something together that's about someone else's needs, not about the latest trendy putt-putt course or killer movie. It has meant conversations about how it must feel to be homeless and without someone to turn to. It has created a young boy who doesn't think twice about picking up trash in a park and finding a proper home for it. It has meant the world to us to see our boy grow into a community member who feels like he can make a difference in this world one small act at a time.

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

On more levels than one can count.

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

Make it bigger!

 
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