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...

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...

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...

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Make #NYGivesDay and Hearts and Hands part of your Holiday

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  But here’s another twist on the holiday planning season—how about #NYGivesDay? #GivingTuesday takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and is now in its 5th year.  NY Gives Day is an extension of this blooming tradition, encouraging people to use social media not only to donate, but to reach out to their communities in new ways and become involved. “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back,” says the Giving Tuesday website. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students all over the state will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Donations are not the only way to support us on #NYGivesDay. 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 #NYGivesDay and @hnhcares to your post.  Be creative–you’ll be helping to spread the word about your involvement with Hearts and Hands. Save the date and join us on our state-wide celebration of generosity and giving back! Save the Date! Visit Our...

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...

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...