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.
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.
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.