helping hands

Volunteers and supplies are always appreciated by members of the Helping Hands Community Service Group.

Helping Hands is a group of Denver volunteers who aim to serve all ages and needs in the community.

Miranda Morales, third-year chair of Helping Hands Community Service Group, describes what people can do to join the effort.

Denver Citizen: What is Helping Hands?

Miranda Morales: Helping Hands is a community service group in Lincoln County. Our mission is to meet the needs of the people located in Lincoln County area, while creating disciples for Christ in the volunteers and the people being served.

DC: What are some of the services it offers?

MM: Helping Hands provides over 7,000 meals to local children and disadvantaged adults (Backpacks for Kids); serves the needs of potentially over 2,200 students (Birdies, School Mentor Program); builds handicap ramps (Building and Repair Team); Operation Lice (provides lice kits to those in need); meets foster care needs; companionship for seniors (Lakewood Friends & Senior Luncheons); Thanksgiving dinner to shut-ins; design and furniture for Humble Homes (Furnish a Future); and financial mentoring (Frugal Friends). These are only some of the ways Helping Hands meets the needs in Lincoln County.

DC: Who all volunteers with your group?

MM: Compassionate members from the Denver area serve our community within Helping Hands. We welcome all groups and churches who wish to volunteer their time. Since 2006, the ministry has grown as the needs within the community have become more apparent, which led members to meet new challenges by starting their own ministries with the support of Helping Hands. There are approximately 20 ministries within Helping Hands now.

DC: How can people get involved through volunteering?

MM: We distribute meeting notes from our monthly meetings with volunteer opportunities within the Lincoln County area. There are many ways to serve within Helping Hands every month. Please email helpinghandsdenvernc@gmail.com if you would like to be added to our distribution list.

DC: When do you meet?

MM: We meet the first Monday of the month at Denver United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Our next meeting will be Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m..

DC: Are the lunches still going on? What do they consist of?

MM: First Thursday lunch is our biggest financial support. All proceeds from First Thursday lunch go to meet the needs of children in Lincoln County. First Thursday Lunch consists of baked spaghetti, chicken pie and many homemade desserts. An alternative menu of hot dogs is also provided. The next lunch will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Family Life Center at Denver United Methodist Church.
If you have any questions please email helpinghandsdenvernc@gmail.com.

DC: Are there any holiday-related services you are offering?

MM: Christmas Food Boxes for the Backpacks for Kids program will be packed this month. Also, it is Denver United Methodist's turn to host a senior luncheon on Dec. 13 in the Family Life Center. Currently DUMC, Holy Spirit and Unity Presbyterian share in hosting the special luncheons for our local seniors. We need many volunteers to make this event special for them.
If you would like to volunteer, please email helpinghandsdenvernc@gmail.com.

DC: Are there any specific things you need to be donated? What are they and where should they be dropped off?

MM: Deodorant for Asbury Academy; holiday wrapping paper, tape, holiday bags and bows, ribbon and gift tags for Communities in Schools; pots, pans, cookie sheets, twin sheets, mattress pads, area rugs of all sizes, lamps, countertop microwaves and washers and dryers for Furnish a Future;  and picture frames for Student Outreach Services.
All small items can be left in the church office at Denver United Methodist
We can arrange for larger items to be picked up.

DC: Anything else you think people need to know?

MM: Our goal for the 2018-19 Helping Hands Year is to spread awareness about what Helping Hands does in order to grow our group of volunteers. Please reach out to us with any questions, and join us for our next meeting on Monday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Denver United Methodist.

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