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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.

Help H&H Bloom and Contribute to the Spring It On Campaign

Hearts and Hands is proud to announce that we will again be participating in this year’s Spring It On! Spring It On is a 24-hour online fundraising opportunity being held on Tuesday, March 14th-15th. Spring It On is hosted by the United Way as a way to raise awareness and funds for not-for-profit organizations in Erie and Niagara County. From 6pm on March 14th to 6pm on March 15th, go online to SpringItOn.org and search Hearts and Hands to make a secure donation and help us continue to provide services to older adults in our community at no cost to them. These funds could provide 2500 miles of transportation for our care receivers. This means that older adults that are no longer driving will be able to make it to their doctor appointments, get their groceries, attend social events, and visit their loved ones without having to pay a penny. This individualized transportation that our volunteers provide helps our aging community in so many ways. It helps them get the treatment they need to stay healthy, it allows family members to rest assured knowing their loved ones can get their food for the week, and it provides these older adults with companionship to lift their spirits and brighten the days. In addition to our transportation services, these funds can also help volunteers get to a care receiver’s house so they can shovel their sidewalk, change batteries in a smoke detector, take out their garbage, fix a broken door handle, or simply check up on them and make sure they’re doing well. Help us start this spring off strong so... read more

Celebrate this Month with Love and Giving

Dear Friends at Hearts and Hands, I felt I had to let you know that your services are invaluable to our mother and to us.  Without you, she would have little contact with the outside world.  Not only is it so important that she has caring volunteers to take her to her medical appointments, but it is crucial to her “mental health” that you are willing to take her to her hair appointments, to the store, or wherever she needs to go.  It makes her feel like she’s still part of the community and encourages her to take care of herself. Since our mother has started with Hearts & Hands she has met numerous volunteers.  Each and every one of them has been more wonderful in her eyes than the one before.  Your volunteers treat her with respect and caring and she feels they really “watch out” for her when they are out at appointments.  She feels she makes a new friend each time a volunteer comes to the door. Thank you for your service.  You cannot imagine the positive impact it has had on our family and especially for our mother. Sincerely, Dorothy Hearts and Hands mission is one of love and compassion for our older, vulnerable neighbors.  Every day volunteers are spending their time in service to older neighbors who are alone and can’t get out of the house or need some assistance to remain in their home. These volunteers are living the example of “love your neighbor.” This February, will you pledge to make a difference for your neighbor? Make the first step in volunteering with... read more

Legislator Rath announces additional funding for Hearts and Hands

(ERIE COUNTY, NY) – Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath, III is pleased to announce that the Legislature has supported his request for $7,500 in funding for Hearts and Hands in the 2017 Erie County budget. The Legislature approved the funding at the Dec. 6, 2016 Budget Meeting to assist the organization in its efforts. “Hearts and Hands provides a critical service to many towns in our community and is a lifeline for many residents. During the past few years the organization has grown significantly and I know this funding comes at a critical time in its development,” said Legislator Rath. “Hearts and Hands receives many requests for transportation for aging adults and people with physical challenges.  All our services are free and provided by trained volunteers.  The funds we receive from the Legislature, championed for us by Legislator Rath, help us better respond to those requests.   For some care receivers, the rides for medical appointments, grocery trips and social visits, are the only times they leave their homes each week.  These funds truly help improve the health and well-being for hundreds of care receivers,” said Kathleen Oczek, Executive Director of Hearts and Hands. The additional funding was added into the 2017 budget without increasing overall spending in the next fiscal year. In fact, the property tax rate will decrease for the third consecutive year. For information or assistance, please contact Legislator Rath’s Legislative Office at (716) 858-8676 or email... read more