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While the original vision for Hearts and Hands was to serve one rural community, demand for our services has driven a new vision of serving all of WNY. Our dedicated volunteers continue to amaze by driving over 100,000 miles a year and getting our care recipients where they need to go throughout the region. They also provide non-medical supports in the home of the care recipient delaying the need for institutional healthcare.

Volunteers are recruited from all over WNY and our care recipients are referred through our community partners including our interfaith coalition, local service organizations, fellow not for profits and governmental agencies. Additional resources allow us to expand our presence with a local branch office.

Message from James Bender, Executive Director

Hello everyone. It is with mixed emotions that I am informing you all that I have accepted a new position at the University of Buffalo Foundation starting November 30th. Even though I am very excited to become a Gift Planning Officer for the University, I am saddened by the fact I am leaving a mission so close to my heart and soul. I am proud to have been selected to lead such a wonderful organization for these past seven years. Building on such a strong ministry has had its challenges but also many rewards. I am proud of the growth in the number of participants who benefit from our services each and every day and also enjoyed building the organization that supports those efforts. Developing the resources to grow from a single full time and three part-time staff to six full time and four part-time team has been a very satisfying journey. I know with the leadership of our well established Board of Directors and our professional staff the future is big and bright for Hearts and Hands. In the interim, the Board has selected Glenda Cadwallader to provide short term transitional leadership and support to the Board and staff. She may be reached through our administrative offices by calling (716) 406-8311 or glendac@heartsandhandsfia.org I wish to thank so many who supported me during this time. I have learned so much from my experiences with everyone associated with Hearts and Hands. I pray your support for Hearts and Hands continues so one day we all will understand that it is more than volunteering? It is neighboring! My last day... read more

Dec. 1: Make #GivingTuesday and Hearts and Hands part of your holiday

–by Kathy Sutter You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But here’s another twist on the holiday planning season—how about #GivingTuesday? Says the #GivingTuesday website: “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.” #GivingTuesday takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and is now in its 4th year. Hearts and Hands is a part of this blooming tradition, joining over 30,000 organizations worldwide who have engaged in the program. #GivingTuesday encourages using social media not only to donate, but to reach out to communities in new ways, encouraging people to become involved. Donations are not the only way to support us on #GivingTuesday. One way to help is by creating an #unselfie—an example is shown above. Write “Hearts and Hands” on a piece of paper, and something as simple as “I volunteer!” or “Neighbors Helping Neighbors!” Tell us your reason for volunteering in your community. Share your #unselfie on Twitter, Facebook and through email. Add #GivingTuesday and @hnhcares to your post. Be creative–you’ll be helping to spread the word about your involvement with Hearts and Hands. Want to help spread the word about #GivingTuesday to your friends through social media? Check out our Social Media kit here: Giving Tuesday Toolkit Join us and be a part of a global celebration of generosity and giving back! Donate Today Volunteer Today... read more

Hearts and Hands on “Good Neighbors” Segment

Melissa Holmes, co-anchor on Channel 2’s Daybreak morning show is featuring Hearts and Hands in her popular segment “Good Neighbors”, to air during Daybreak on November 6th.  Melissa visited Hearts and Hands’ administrative offices on November 3rd to interview Executive Director James Bender, and will be traveling along on a trip appointment, interviewing one of our volunteers and one of our care receivers. To view the segment, please view here: Hearts and Hands Good... read more