Boca Helping Hands
BHH is a community-based nonprofit that provides hunger relief, access to healthcare, financial assistance, and job training.
Since our founding as a modest soup kitchen in 1998, Boca Helping Hands has become one of the largest nonprofit service providers in South Florida, now with 23 staff members and 300+ core volunteers assisting more than 27,000 clients annually.
In 2021, BHH distributed more than 70,000 pantry bags from five Palm Beach County locations and served nearly 80,000 hot meals. The organization expands access to affordable medical, dental and behavioral care through its partnership with Genesis Community Health (serving clients at clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach) and Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Community Based Clinics (serving clients in West Palm Beach).
In addition, BHH sends weekend meals home with food-insecure elementary school students via the BHH Backpacks Program and serves 12 schools across south Palm Beach County. The BHH Resource Center provides emergency financial assistance to Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach residents in crisis to help with rent, overdue utilities, and the rising cost of childcare through the Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).
With an increased focus on client self-sufficiency, BHH awards scholarships for qualified candidates to attend accredited vocational training classes that prepare them for careers in the healthcare, information technology, construction, and transportation industries. BHH also offers free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes and courses in health and wellness, financial management, and other life skills classes. Staff and volunteer mentors counsel the unemployed and underemployed in basic workplace skills and help them polish resumes and search for jobs.
Boca Helping Hands is a partner agency of The Town of Palm Beach United Way. Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has been committed to improving lives and building strong communities throughout Palm Beach County by focusing on programs and priorities that promote education, health and financial stability.
Charity Navigator named Boca Helping Hands a 4-Star Charity for the 15th consecutive year in June 2021.
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