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 :
-VIBS Suffolk County
Suffolk County Woman’s Coalition,
Piñatas woman’s congregate Center Moriches N.Y.
Family Life Crisis Center Deer Park
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 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..