Hands On Hartford

About Hands On Hartford

Our Mission:

Hands On Hartford, in partnership with others, strengthens community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility.

What We Do:

Hands On Hartford is a social service nonprofit organization that serves Hartford’s neediest residents in the areas of food, housing, and health.

Founded in 1969 as Center City Churches, the agency has had a longstanding commitment to providing respectful, comprehensive services with help from volunteers and community partnerships.

Our current services, reaching about 8,500 people annually, are:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides direct relief to thousands of Hartford neighbors each month. Through Community Meals, Community Pantry,  and the Backpack Nutrition Program for children, we provide meals and groceries to individuals and families facing food insecurity.

MANNA also provides vital support through community connections, referrals, security deposit & utility assistance, basic health screening, nutrition education and employment & education expense assistance.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides individuals and families with:

  • Safe and affordable housing and related support services (including for those living with HIV/AIDS)
  • Supportive services to tenants of George Beach Home
  • Individualized housing case management and related support services through the Healthcare & Housing Project (CIHHN)

Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau

An alliance of concerned individuals who have experienced and continue to experience homelessness who speak out against this unjust reality by organizing speaking engagements hosted by a diverse range of community groups.

None of these services would be possible without the dedication and support of volunteers. Through our Community Engagement program, volunteers play a vital role in all of our service areas. In order to address the great need in the Hartford community, and to deepen volunteers’ connection to Hartford, our volunteers also participate in service projects at other organizations around the greater Hartford area.