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.
Philanthropy has been part of my life since I was a young child thanks to my parents, who encouraged our family to volunteer and to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Instilling that same value in my own children is important to me, and I feel so fortunate that Little Helping Hands is here to help me do so. Not only do my daughters enjoy their Little Helping Hands projects, but they are also learning about the needs of their community and doing their part to help meet those needs.
Before Little Helping Hands, finding the right volunteering fit for me and my kiddos to participate in was time consuming and challenging. Now, with Little Helping Hands I am presented with a variety of hands on volunteering options that are well organized and age appropriate. My three girls love the opportunity to give back to their community and I am delighted to see community service find a place in their hearts at such a young age.
As soon as my family started volunteering with Little Helping Hands, I knew it was an organization we would support wholeheartedly. I had struggled to find family volunteer opportunities that would allow my young kids to participate -- or that would provide them with a meaningful experience when they were allowed to come along. LHH does just that. With LHH, my kids have cooked and served meals to people in need, worked in a food pantry, made beds for kittens at the animal shelter, delivered meals to elderly homebound people, helped train therapy dogs, and much more. They learn about service and it gives us an opportunity and a framework for discussing a wide range of issues. And it's fun! My whole family looks forward to our volunteer activities with Little Helping Hands.