Hands On Hartford

News and Views

Hands On Hartford Welcomes New Board Members

April 26th, 2021

During a period that has been both challenging and uncertain, Hands On Hartford celebrates the appointment of six members to its Board of Directors:  Michael Tetreault, a resident of Wethersfield, is Vice President, Business Insurance Underwriting at Travelers; Katonya Hughey, a resident of Bloomfield, is Consultant/Sr. Project Manager Open Solutions at Fiserv and owner of […]


Gratitude for Unprecedented Outpouring of Community Support

February 2nd, 2021

In the last three days, dozens and dozens of people in the Hartford community and in fact, from across the world, have made donations to support Hands On Hartford’s work in response to and in solidarity with our decision to reject a recent food donation.  On Monday, January 25, two people identifying themselves as members […]


Hitting the Pause Button: Cafe at Fifty-Five and Caterers Who Care

December 9th, 2020

Like so many restaurants in these COVID times, we have decided that it’s time for the Cafe at Fifty-Five and Caterers Who Care operations to go on hiatus, effective December 31. The impacts of COVID sure are showing their colors in terms of increased community needs and continued struggles for restaurants and catering businesses, ours […]


Hands & Hearts Together, with gratitude

October 21st, 2020

On the one hand….. we’re all kind of tired of the masks, the hand sanitizer and Lysol and bleach (walking through the Hands On Hartford Center for Community, there’s a new scent practically every step – lavender hand sanitizer, industrial cleaning fluid, fresh scent antibacterial soap, rose…  oh wait, those were someone’s flowers delivered for […]


The Power of a Helping Hand

June 10th, 2020

In honor of Partnership for Strong Community’s Heroes of Housing and Homelessness Week, we share this story of the difference a helping hand and a little persistence can make in the lives of our neighbors. “Lena” came for breakfast at our Community Meals Program and reached out in a panic for help with her housing […]


With an Aching Heart and a Renewed Commitment

June 4th, 2020

I simply can’t let another day go by without acknowledging the pain around the horrific murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, another senseless loss of life in a too long list of lives cut short. I know I’m not alone at Hands On Hartford in feeling the profound heartache and anger over racism and ongoing […]


Prudential Financial Supports Hands On Hartford

May 26th, 2020

Hands On Hartford has received a $28,000 grant from Prudential Financial to support the agency’s mission and recognize its “heroic efforts” to address the needs of those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We are so grateful for this very generous support from Prudential Financial,” said Barbara A. Shaw, Executive Director of Hands On Hartford.  “In […]


COVID 19 Report: Monday on the Front Lines at Hands On Hartford

March 29th, 2020

COVID 19 Report: Monday on the Front Lines at Hands On Hartford So much is going on at our Center for Community, it’s hard to know where to start.  As I walk through the building on Monday this week, I am proud of the team that’s helping so many of our neighbors and simply grateful […]


Update In Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18th, 2020

Dear Hands On Hartford volunteers, donors and friends, We have seen an incredible outpouring of support for the most vulnerable folks in our community over the past several days.  Thank you all for reaching out with such generosity.  We know how much you care about our Hartford neighbors and coming together and acting in solidarity […]


Holiday Happenings

January 6th, 2020

Dear Friends, Does anyone feel breathless from the holidays?  We certainly do here at Hands On Hartford!  What a wild and wonderful ride the holidays have been for our team as we gathered in the community to make things brighter for our neighbors.  And we are so grateful for the support of our sponsors, donors […]