Helping Hands celebrates their first anniversary. This article was provided by Helping Hands to be published at OffCrowd

Helping Hands, a non-profit organization founded by friends Jenny Valderas, Myla Mañago, Danica Xyra Pollo, and Jenny Rose Llorin, celebrated its first anniversary last September 10.

The founders of Helping Hands have been involved in different community outreach programs for years, until finally deciding to build an organization that revolves around that.

Guided by their Catholic faith, they constantly reach out to children in the rural and marginalized area through Annual Community Outreach Programs every June and December by supporting their education and showing unconditional love through gift-giving of school supplies, clothes, and foods.

Helping Hands’ vision is to empower and inspire other people to actively seek the opportunity to become aware of the needs of the world and share their blessings with those most in need.

Aside from the cash and in-kind donations that they received from friends and family, they also made ways to generate funds by selling T-shirts, keychains, paintings, cacti and succulent. They were also chosen as the beneficiary of movie block screening of Avengers by the MBA students of the University of Batangas in consortium with Calayan Educational Foundation Inc.

Helping Hands, for almost a year, was able to conduct two Christmas Outreach Programs last year for 100 kids in Brgy. Mamala-1 in Sariaya, Quezon, and 100 kids in Silangang Mayao in Lucena City. The venue was filled with happiness as children enjoyed games, prizes, foods, and gifts.

Helping Hands provided help to the katutubo elders in Rizal in collaboration with A Heart to Serve last October.

Recently, the organization has conducted a Back to School – Tulong Balik Eskwela in Bantigue Elementary School in Pagbilao, Quezon in collaboration with A Heart to Serve, headed by Ate Ruth Hernandez.

This time, they doubled up the beneficiaries to more than 200 Elementary students. Aside from giving school supplies, volunteers were also able to spend their time with students by sharing their knowledge, time, treasure, effort and talent through storytelling, teaching them reading and writing, proper hygiene, arts, values education, sports clinic, palarong Pinoy, motivational talk, planet lesson, wordless book, salvation bracelet and worship songs.

Last August, Helping Hands was also able to support the education of two students in Cotta National High School in Lucena City – Edrian Paul Domanico (Grade 8) and Hyacinthine Sedaria (Grade 10) through the sponsorship of Mr. Genn Michael Delarmente and Ms. Adeline Ronquillo.

Helping Hands is not just a non-profit organization, but a family of blessings where God’s love can be felt. The organization has developed friendships amongst its volunteers and sponsors as they continue to encourage one another, carry each other’s crosses, thank the Lord together, rejoice in victories, milestones, and successes.

In celebration of Helping Hands’ 1st Anniversary,they will conduct an outreach program to the small community in Brgy. Haliklik, Malicboy, Pagbilao, Quezon.

“There is such a thing that volunteers experience called “helper’s high”, the feeling they get when they extend a helping hand. People who feel this “helper’s high” say they experience a rush of accomplishment and connectedness.”

Now, who wouldn’t want that?

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