Neighbors helping neighbors

Helping Hands

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007

Contact person: Betty Kaplor, director.

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Contact information: 789-4390,

Organization description: Our main goal is to see that there are no hungry people in Juneau. We've been in existence since 1983 and have been known as Helping Hands for eight years. We are a member of United Way.

Helping Hands has supplied local families with donations from local grocery stores and corporations. Through these donations, Helping Hands provides food items to the public by opening our doors twice a week and making frequent shipments to outlying communities. Helping Hands also services students from the University of Alaska Southeast, low-income housing, Southeast Alaska Guidance Association and two local churches. It has provided this service at no cost and with dignity to these people in need.

Helping Hands services 400 people a week at its distribution site.

Volunteer opportunities: Helping Hands is staffed solely by volunteers, who put many hours into making the program a success. It is always in need of "helping hands" but has a specific need for a volunteer with grant writing and research experience. Any help given is tax deductible.

• Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska. More volunteer opportunities can be found online at the Volunteer Center of Southeast Alaska,

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