Helping Hands in West Islip, Inc.

HELPING TO CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH KINDNESS - "ONE SMILE AT A TIME"!


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HISTORYMISSION STATEMENT

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: 

Helping Hands in West Islip, Inc.  provides  local Long Island children with essentially anything they are lacking year round and on a continuous basis. We accomplish this while  instilling  old fashioned values and sensitivity  in our young people toward the underserviced population in their area.

Helping Hands in West Islip, Inc. started in 1990 by a mother who wanted to inspire children and the community to unite in an effort to assist local Long Island children in need.  The Program calls upon the compassion and generosity of schools, group organizations and the community at large to provide essential items for the under serviced children on Long Island.  We provide 7,000 Long Island children and 21 local charities with ongoing assistance. The children that are helped are the "the poorest of the poor" and are provided with living essentials such as clothes, shoes, toys, food, backpacks, school supplies etc.

Helping Hands in West Islip, Inc. provide for where other charities can not due to limited resources and have their energies focused in a different direction. Below is a sample of charities that are assisted.

First, read a current article in the October edition of the Islip Bulletin, I THINK THEY PORTRAY MY HISTORY WELL!

Helping Handsfor happy hearts

Local woman and her family are dedicated

to charitable endeavors

 

By LOREN ELIZABETH CHRISTIE

WEST ISLIP —

 Helping Hands, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, will be collecting donations for their annual October drive, Oct. 26 at the American Legion Hall located at 340 Union Boulevard.

 Helping Hands, Inc. serves over 7,000 local children through 21 charity organizations. Founder Jen Gallozzi, along with community volunteers personally deliver donations and get

to know those on the receiving end. Although she holds a degree in accounting from Hofstra University, Gallozzi chose to pursue volunteerism as her career path, a vocation that provides

 a deep sense of satisfaction in place of a paycheck. As a college student, she worked at the campus service desk, where she always put a donation box out and would bring collected

items to a Hempstead soup kitchen. Gallozzi attributes her giving nature to her parents, who taught by example. “I grew up in Long Beach, where my mom worked as a secretary at City Hall.

She used to put community donation boxes out near her desk,” Gallozzi explained. As a young mother of three in the early 1990s, Gallozzi wanted to teach her girls the value of giving. Helping

Hands grew out of that initial effort. Twenty-one years later, this grassroots project has grown to encompass the local schools, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and many adult volunteers.

“Everyone… rallies to this cause. We try to bring communities together and inspire those who receive and those who give. Why can’t the government operate this way? Rather than giving people

money, why not just give them what they need?” said Gallozzi, who has orchestrated the distribution of 7,000 donated toys in an hour and a half.  While running Helping Hands has not added to her

household income, Gallozzi strongly believes in what she does and has held collection drives in local classrooms and even her driveway. When the group faces storage limitations, fellow volunteers

pile donations in their homes until they can be delivered. Donations reach women’s shelters, suburban housing, hospitals, soup kitchens and Head Start programs throughout Long Island. Gallozzi

said that without the support of her husband Robert, she wouldn’t be able to accomplish the work of Helping Hands. The mission of the organization has been a way of life for her three daughters, Jaime,

a physician’s assistant in Bay Shore, Jodie, an insurance agent in West Hempstead and Jannah, a student at West Islip High School. The girls continuously collect things for

people in need and they are always getting others involved through word of mouth....

“We try to provide local people with anything they are lacking year-round on a continuous basis,” Gallozzi said.....

 

NOW THE FOLKS WE SERVE!!!


                   

Suburban housing Bayshore

Gerald Ryan Outreach Wyandanch

Suburban Children  children Bayshore

Pinates  Bayshore, N.Y.

.Piñatas men’s congregate Amityville N.Y.

 Faith House of Prayer Wyandanch

 

Women's Shelters :

 

Beacon House

-VIBS Suffolk County

Suffolk County Woman’s Coalition,

Piñatas woman’s congregate Center Moriches N.Y.

 Family Life Crisis Center  Deer Park

 

Hospitals

 

Martin Luther King Center of Good Samaritan Hospital  Wyandanch

Good Samaritan Hospital  Emergency, Children’s,

Good Samaritan Consolation Nursing Home 

 

 

Local Soup Kitchens

 

St Patrick’s Bayshore.

United Methodist Babylon

Babylon Christian Hospitality

Our Lady Lourdes Outreach  W.I.

St Anne’s Brentwood

Miraculous Medal Church

Mercy Hospitality Wyandanch

 

 

The Head Start Program: 

 

Central Islip Head start

Wyandanch Head start

Brentwood Head start

Brentwood satellite1

Brentwood satellite 2

Bay Shore, Head start

Central brook haven Head start

Islip 1 Head start

Islip 2 Head start

Islip Head start

Patchogue Head start

Bellport Head start

Bay Area Head start

 

Early Head start:

 

Central Islip Early Head start

Central Brookhaven Early headstart

 

Helping Hands organizes educational programs where children are taught to give to others in need.  These program raises the consciousness of 1,000's of school age children in Suffolk County as they are recruited into participating and also builds self esteem in them and the children they serve.

Long Island children, those on the giving and receiving side of the equation, and the community at large all benefit from our programs.

NOW PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE CHILDREN WE SERVICE AND THE FOLKS THAT MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN! GIVING AND RECEIVING...IT'S ALL WONDERFUL WITH THE HELPING HANDS..

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A Helping Hands Christmas Story

 

HELPING  HANDS 18th TOY DRIVE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

Folks came from all over to DONATE, DECORATE,SORT,and PACK THE TOYS

THE KIDS HELPED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                        



The kids helped and the parents helped


 LEADERS  ALL OVER L.I.  PICKED UP TOYS,

Pretty dresses were saved for the lil girls
T

VANS FROM 20 ORGANIZATIONS WERE LOADED WITH THE GOODIES!


MR AND MRS CLAUSE GOT IN THE ACT TOO!YOU MAY KNOW THEM AS MR AND MRS GALLOZZI THE REST OF THE YEAR!


THEY PLAYED GAMES

AND PLAYED GAMES TILL THEY WERE POOPED!
mes till they were POOPED!!





THE KIDS GOT FITTED FOR DRESSES!


FINALLY, IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS AND THE KIDDIES WERE ALL PUT TO BED  HAPPY DREAMING,   CHRISTMAS  DREAMS.THIS IS NOT  AN ENDING, BECAUSE, WITH THE HELPING HANDS "THE GIVING NEVER ENDS"...CHILDREN NEED OUR LOVE ALL YEAR LONG -NOT JUST AROUND THE HOLIDAYS!GOD BLESS FOR A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON.  START COLLECTING SHOES FOR THE FEB. SHOE / VALENTINE DRIVE!

 







Some of the faces that received the generous 2006 Toy Drive donations. It was all given out by "Santa"!


Various Head Start Representatives accepting Holiday Dresses and Toys.


Our Halloween Costume Drive was a huge success! The generous donations of last year's Halloween costumes recycled and brought back to life for the delight of other children was hartwarming for the Helping Hands staff to witness!


Hundreds of "huggy bears" were welcomed with the childrens tiny open arms. They were truly gifts of love from one child to another for those who made donations. It brightened an otherwise ordinary day for these children!


Donating a "shed full" of items to local charities!


VALENTINE GOODIE BAGS WERE GIVEN OUT DURING PLAYTIME AT A HEAD START FACILITY.


HELPING HANDS IN WEST ISLIP, INC.


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