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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.

New York Life Awards H&H $10,000

Hearts and Hands was recently awarded a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life.  The grant will support transportation and services for more than 750 care receivers being served through Hearts and Hands by nearly 300 volunteers “We are grateful for New York Life’s investment in Hearts and Hands, which will change many lives for the better,” said Kathleen Oczek, Executive Director.  “Without the support from New York Life, we wouldn’t be able to provide the assistance that enables our volunteers to serve our care receivers.” “I’m proud to work for a company that encourages its agents and employees to devote their time, energy and talents to support the needs and priorities of their local community,” said Kathleen M. Flynn, Agent with the company’s Lockport General Office, who also serves as the Chairperson of the Hearts and Hands Board of Directors. “We are pleased that our partnership will have a long-lasting impact on Hearts and Hands and the population they serve.” The Community Impact Grant program awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations which are championed by New York Life agents and employees to serve the needs of their local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 402 grants totaling more than $5 million have been awarded to nonprofits across the... read more

Hearts and Hands Welcomes New Volunteer Engagement Manager

Eugene Abrahamson has recently been hired as Volunteer Engagement Manager for Hearts and Hands. Abrahamson has 25 years’ experience in volunteer recruitment and management, having worked as the Director of Volunteers for Canopy of Neighbors, an organization which provides transportation for older adults in the city of Buffalo, and as the Director of Volunteer Services for AIDS Community Services.  He also has been the Assistant Foundation Director for the Meals on Wheels Foundation, a Special Events Consultant for Sisters Hospital, and Program Director for the League of Women’s Voters. Abrahamson started his career with Compeer West, where he was the Volunteer Coordinator.  He has a degree from Buffalo State College, and is a resident of Buffalo. Abrahamson’s role at Hearts and Hands will be to develop a recruitment plan for the agency, facilitate volunteer retention activities and develop relationships with organizations for increasing volunteer engagement. Hearts and Hands is a not-for-profit, neighbors-helping-neighbors organization which pairs volunteers with older and physically-challenged adults for transportation and non-medical home support.  Founded in 2003, Hearts and Hands’ more than 300 volunteers provide services to over 700 care receivers in various communities in Erie and Niagara counties. Hearts and Hands has administrative offices in the Town Square for Aging, 2710 North Forest Road, Suite 205, Getzville, NY, with program coordination offices in Akron, Amherst, Clarence and the Southtowns (Wales). For more information contact the administrative offices at (716) 406-8311 or visit our... read more

Newsletter Name Contest!

Hearts and Hands’ summer newsletter will feature a fresh new look, with more articles and features!  We thought this might be a great time to select a new name for our newsletter as well. So we’re asking you to come up with a name for the Hearts and Hands’ newsletter and submit it to us no later than June 10th. Please send your ideas to Kathy Sutter, Communications Coordinator, Hearts and Hands, 2710 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14068  or email to ksutter@heartsandhandsfia.org. Hearts and Hands will select a winning name, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice. Care receivers, volunteers and staff are all eligible to submit their ideas, and can submit more than one idea. Get creative, think outside the box, and get your suggestions to us by June 10th!  Thank... read more