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

50th Anniversary Celebration at the Marriott Downtown

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

OUR SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW ON LINE!! In preparation for the October 24 50th Anniversary Celebration, we have put our silent auction items on line.  They are now open for bidding.  Even if you are not attending the event, you and your friends and family can bid and continue bidding on […]

News and Views

Dash for a Difference:  Businesses Compete through Community Service in Hartford

October 4th, 2019

On Friday, October 4, 2019 nearly 200 volunteers from businesses throughout Hartford participated in a Dash for a Difference, an innovative community service initiative to foster team building and explore Hartford’s historical and cultural gems through a friendly corporate competition. Sponsored by Prudential Financial, in partnership with Hands On Hartford, Dash for a Difference offers […]

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 […]