Hands On Hartford

  • Make a meal. Change a life.
  • From garden 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 living with complex health issues, 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

Are you up for the challenge? Then put together your team and join us on a Dash for a Difference!

October 4th, 2019 - 8:45am-4:00pm

Register for the Corporate Dash for a Difference taking place on Friday, October 4, 2019. Coordinated by Hands On Hartford and held in partnership with Prudential, the Corporate Dash for a Difference provides volunteers teams a chance to explore the city of Hartford while completing meaningful and impactful service projects. Each team will experience: Two […]

50th Anniversary Celebration at the Marriott Downtown

October 24th, 2019 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

About the event: Hands On Hartford’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is a unique opportunity to honor our legacy of changing lives in Hartford, to celebrate this important milestone, and to bring together friends, partners, donors and volunteers to support our commitment to the future of the Hartford community. Featured Speaker: Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwrights Restaurant […]

News and Views

Reflection of a YASC Member

August 20th, 2019

This August, we bid a fond farewell to Kyle Williams, who served with Hands On Hartford as a Young Adult Service Community member, sponsored by First Church of Christ in Simsbury.  Kyle reflected on his time with us recently: It is hard to believe that nearly a year has passed since I first started at […]

Hands On Hartford Receives Hartford Community Food Security Award

April 11th, 2019

We were absolutely thrilled to receive the Hartford Community Food Security Award for a non-profit at a ceremony held on April 10, 2019, and especially proud to receive this recognition in this special year – our 50th year serving our Hartford neighbors. While everything we do at Hands On Hartford is the result of a […]

2019 Volunteer Recognition Event

March 8th, 2019

Yesterday’s Volunteer Recognition Event was both fun and moving, as we celebrated the tremendous accomplishments and commitment of the many devoted Hands On Hartford volunteers.  Award winners this year were Meghan Chasse (R. Regner and Carolyn S. Arvidson Exemplary Volunteer Award), Prudential (Corporate Volunteer Award), The Gengras Center School (School Volunteer Award), Temple Beth Hillel […]