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Why Hands for Hope?
We know that hunger is a real concern for thousands of Austin-area families. The 2010 Census showed that almost 20 percent of Travis County residents live in poverty and struggle to secure basic needs. Hands for Hope helps extend a spirit of gratitude and service by bringing together individuals from all parts of Austin to help make a Thanksgiving celebration a reality for families who could otherwise not afford it.
How many people benefit?
Last year, thanks to the generous support from our partners, we provided 1,400 families with all the ingredients needed to prepare Thanksgiving meals. This year, and our goal is to provide Thanksgiving Care Packages to 1,400 families on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
El Buen Samaritano's Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Event receives wide coverage through both Spanish and English media outlets. Last year, the event received more than 1,000,000 media impressions with coverage on broadcast news and print media as well as a variety of community blogs and social media platforms.
El Buen Samaritano's food pantry helps hundreds of Austin families place food on their tables throughout the year. In 2011, a monthly average of 400 families was able to put food on their table thanks to the food pantry. That's a rough estimate of 1,600 individuals a month who were able to access El Buen Samaritano's family-focused system of care through its food pantry.
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Hands for Hope Wrap-up:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Thanks to your help and support, we kicked off the holiday season with a successful Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Event. With your help, not only did we make Thanksgiving a reality for 1,400 Austin families in need, but we also connected recipient families to the appropriate community resources so they can receive the help they need beyond the holidays.
Special thanks to St. Andrew's Episcopal School and St. Stephen's Episcopal School, who raised more than 9,000 pounds of Thanksgiving trimmings to make Hands for Hope possible. A big shout-out to all the sponsors, in-kind and individual contributors who helped make this event a huge success! And we definitely couldn't have made it without the help of the 254 volunteers who served slightly more than 700 hours, totaling $16,000 in in-kind time! THANK YOU!
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:General Volunteer Positions:
All volunteer positions for the day of Hands for Hope have been filled. However, we still need helpers on Thursday, November 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to lift and move heavy grocery items, sort out food and help with set up. If you are interested in helping this Thursday, November 15, contact Claudia Herrington directly.