“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices..." While Christmas is now behind us, these words from a 175-year-old carol could sum up the prevailing global sentiment at the close of 2020.
With the markets performing well, consider the potential benefits of transferring appreciated securities directly to charity instead of selling them first and donating the proceeds. Learn more.
Making charitable gifts via an IRA can be a win-win, helping to support charities like Boca Helping Hands while also potentially reducing your annual income tax burden.
A year like 2020 reminds us that the future is uncertain, but that as long as Boca Helping Hands has your support, we can continue to meet the challenges that come our way.
To meet our 15% annual increase in food demand (plus emergency need due to COVID-19), BHH will be expanding our Warehouse space to double food storage capacity. While this renovation may sound like just an infrastructure project, it’s really much more than that: It’s an opportunity to create a conduit of compassion in our community, helping BHH to touch the lives of even more children and families in Palm Beach County.
We’re proud to announce that we’re a finalist for a 2020 Impact 100 grant! Out of 110 overall entries, BHH was selected as one of the two finalists in the “Family” category. Our project, which will triple our food storage capacity, will help us provide nutritious meals for even more people struggling to make ends meet. The winners will be announced in a live virtual event on May 28!
Fridays are unofficially known as “Mike’s Meatloaf Day” at BHH. 2016 BHH Volunteer of the Year Award Winner Mike Munger has volunteered as head chef of the kitchen on Fridays since 2013, clocking over 1,600 volunteer hours.
In the fall, BHH partnered with Office Depot to launch a new corporate mentoring initiative that pairs Office Depot team members with students in the IT Help Desk (IT) Job Training Program. Volunteer mentors from Office Depot will work with their students for the duration of the training program, providing direct insight into an IT career, helping them to stay motivated, and aiding them with their studies in preparation for certification.
As our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner festivities drew to a close on the evening of March 1, I watched as the few remaining party stalwarts closed down the dance floor to the beats of Latin Salsa and ‘70s disco. I was thrilled that the evening had gone so well.
For the first 12 years of his life, Luke Lynch enjoyed carefree days as the only child in a happy Boca Raton home. But in his thirteenth year, everything turned upside down when his father, James “Jim” Lynch, passed away.
"I’ve been able to use my legal knowledge to show someone how to form an LLC, get a FEIN, open a business bank account and understand why they need insurance after that person completed Boca Helping Hands free training program to become a Home Health Aid. "
Regarding our MONOPOLY Event & Casino Night: In light of the CDC’s recommendation to cancel large in-person events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the MONOPOLY Event that was scheduled for April 18, 2020.
We've been fortunate to receive strong support from local corporations and businesses, many of which utilize their own unique assets on our behalf. We continue to be blown away by the creative ways that our partners come up with to collaborate with BHH, engage with the public, and benefit our community together.
It is with a sense of profound regret tinged with deep gratitude that we say goodbye to our dear friend Mel Lazerick. Mel passed away on November 6 after a brief illness.
This afternoon Boca Helping Hands hosted a gathering for our newly-funded truck. BHH invited truck contributors, city representatives and BHH staff members who braved the weather for a ceremonious ribbon-cutting and starting of the truck.
Donate today toward our $200,000 Annual End-of-the-Year Matching Campaign! Thanks to our anonymous donor, your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar while you help support the mission of Boca Helping Hands.
In mid-September, we suffered the unexpected loss of "Grandpa Bear," a 24-foot food-delivery truck that was the oldest and largest in our fleet. This critical piece of equipment picked up food from local food banks, transported pantry bags to our West Boca and Boynton Beach locations, and delivered food to elementary schools for our BHH Backpacks Program.
This was Grandpa Bear. Grandpa Bear was our oldest and largest truck: the truck with the most capacity for delivering compassion. We recently lost Grandpa Bear to a blown head gasket after a long battle with multiple ailments. This 24-foot truck was a critical piece of equipment that was used to procure and deliver food to the community. We desperately need to replace this crucial vehicle in our operations.