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

Corporate Dash for a Difference

September 21st, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Experience what makes Hartford special through service projects and hands on activities throughout the city. Gather your team and join us for the Corporate Dash for a Difference on September 21st! Register by August 17th. For more information check out our Dash for a Difference 2018 Flyer

Harvest Supper

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

Save the date for Hands On Hartford’s annual Harvest Supper. Tasty fare 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 Sister Beth Fischer, Assistant Dean of Student […]

News and Views

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 […]

Hands On Hartford Announces Election of New Board Chairperson

March 12th, 2018

Hands On Hartford is pleased to announce that Rev. Donna K. Manocchio of Wethersfield, Connecticut, was recently elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the agency.   Donna is a retired pastor of the United Church of Christ, and along with her family, Donna has a longtime association with Hands On Hartford, which includes […]