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.
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..."
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.