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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 […]


Hands On Hartford Appoints New Board Members

February 14th, 2019

Hands On Hartford has appointed five new members to its Board of Directors:  Daniel A. Arsenault, a resident of Hartford, is a Senior Director with O’Neill and Associates; Christopher D. Brechlin, a resident of Meriden, is Senior Program and Data Analyst with Connecticut Housing Finance Authority; Brian Neary, a resident of Simsbury, is Vice President […]


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 […]


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 […]


A Bittersweet Farewell

January 31st, 2018

There was a lot of laughter and a few tears as well as we said farewell to Michelle Jarvis who has been a valuable, loved and appreciated member of the Hands On Hartford Team for the past 6 ½ years.  Michelle contributed hugely to many aspects of our services and programs, and was connected to […]


Holiday Giving

January 12th, 2018

As is usual at this time of year, we are feeling overwhelmed here at Hands On Hartford, but overwhelmed in a good way.  Over the past month, we have seen so many friends, both old and new, providing an incredible outpouring of support for our Hartford neighbors.  Over 70 groups and individuals brought in-kind donations […]