Hands On Hartford

  • Make a meal. Change a life.
  • From farm to ... pantry.
  • At our pantry, guests shop.
  • Care begins with health.
  • You make a difference.
  • Backpacks put smiles on faces.
  • Café at Fifty-five now open!

In partnership with you, Hands On Hartford puts caring into action. Here's how:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides basic needs to thousands of individuals in Hartford each month.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides supportive services, including case management, counseling, and rental support for people struggling with illnesses including HIV/AIDS and living in their own apartments.

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program connects individuals and volunteer groups to meaningful service opportunities at Hands On Hartford and partnering organizations.

Faces of Homelessness

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service.

The Café at Fifty-Five & Caterers Who Care

A café with a cause.
Full-service catering at our place or yours.

Your Kitchen. Your Space.

Our licensed commercial kitchen is available for shared use membership, and convenient and comfortable meeting spaces are available for your next meeting or event.

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Upcoming Events

Harvest Supper

October 4th, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Join us at Hands On Hartford’s annual Harvest Supper, all to benefit our direct service programs. Healthy Harvest Cuisine provided by Hands On Hartford’s Chefs and Shared Use Kitchen Members. Silent and Live Auction (preview available online soon). Inspirational Moment: Remarks by Meghan Chasse, nurse-volunteer at Hands On Hartford and University of Saint Joseph nursing program graduate, accompanied by […]

News and Views

Not Goodbye, but See You Soon

September 16th, 2018

Serika Walker recently completed two years of service here at Hands On Hartford as an AmeriCorp VISTA Member.  For the last year she has served as a VISTA Leader on the Hartford Thrive! Project, a multi-agency VISTA project here in Hartford.  She has made a huge difference in the lives of many of our Hartford […]

Looking Back on a Transformative Experience

August 11th, 2018

Looking back on my year of service, I can’t help but be swept up in a wave of nostalgia. I have grown so much as a person, and I am going to miss dearly everyone I’ve worked with here at Hands On Hartford. It is tempting, I think, to paint over the rougher parts of […]

Youth Immersion Project

August 3rd, 2018

Recently, we had a group of 12 young people and three adults from the  United Methodist Church of Rockville here at Hands On Hartford. This group dedicated three full days to service, putting their own  hands on our city. While they were here they did many projects, including cleaning up the neighborhood, running a food […]