Supporting Our Community Partners – Boca Helping Hands
Partner Steve Clarfield gives back by volunteering with Boca Helping Hands (BHH). The organizations started as a food center serving meals and supplying groceries to families in Boca Raton. After seeing an increase in demand for other services, the BHH program has expanded to include job training and mentoring programs. Steve is among the more than 300 volunteers that help the organization by providing job mentoring and training. Steve loves volunteering for BHH and here is why:
Boca Helping Hands does good things for people who are in need in a very affluent community. In Boca, excess is everywhere and it easy to get caught up in it. BHH allows me to maintain perspective. I meet with people who have never been exposed to the type of education I have, many don’t have a car or computer, and their family life is very low income. I turn them on to the possibility of a future. For those that have entrepreneurial aspirations to start a trucking company after completing a CDL course or doing Home Health Aid on their own after they complete training, I show them how to form an LLC, get a FEIN, explain why they need insurance, how to open a business bank account, teach them about trade organizations, etc. Most of them never heard of any of these things. They leave with a roadmap for their future and with a vision that they can be part of something. Huge smiles and a few hugs…it’s rewarding!
Would you like to help? BHH is feeding hundreds of families. If you have meats, produce, canned goods and other non-perishables to donate, please visit them (1500 NW 1st Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432) Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:00am to 2:30pm and on Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. (Please confirm their hours on their website www.bocahelpinghands.org/Covid-19) Once normalcy returns, I encourage you to volunteer as a mentor, it is an extremely rewarding way to give back to your community.