HANDS Holiday Season 2019

Prep and Christmas Day at Elks Lodge

Thank you for helping nourish older Vermonters this holiday season!

HANDS (Helping And Nurturing Diverse Seniors) is hosting the 15th annual Senior Holiday Meal this year on Dec. 25. We partner with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Elks Lodge, and Temple Sinai along with hundreds of volunteers and businesses to provide more than 700 Chittenden County seniors with a home-delivered meal and a shared sit-down dinner on Christmas Day. Along with a delicious meal, each senior receives a giftbag full of wrapped presents which, in many cases, is the only gift that he/she receives during the holiday season.

We depend on volunteers to help prepare for the event and to help with the Christmas Day sit-down dinner at the Elks Lodge in Burlington's New North End. PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SELECT YOUR VOLUNTEER SLOT BELOW.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to donate items for the giftbags (see list at http://handsvt.org/wish-list), contact Jess Hyman at 802-598-3139 or [email protected]

We are so grateful for your generosity and positive energy!

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EST) Available Slot
12/03/2019 (Tue.) TBA in Old North End  10:00am - 1:00pm  

Hand-Addressing Envelopes

Must have good handwriting

Mary Manghis
12/23/2019 (Mon.) TBA in Old North End  10:00am - 12:00pm  

Packaging Rolls and Other Tasks (3)

All slots filled
Kristen Watson
Paula Willoquet
Skye Ellicock
Moving boxes of gifts from 20 Allen St. to BHS 11:00am - 1:00pm  

Moving Giftbins from ONE Community Center to BHS (12)

This will involve carrying heavy boxes; station wagons and/or covered pickup trucks preferred.

10 of 12 slots filled
Michael Giangreco
FYI Don't have a station wagon or truck
Charlie Nardozzi
I have a truck
Kristen Watson (2)
Large truck and willing driver (muscle needed)
Katie & Lou Natale (2)
Jim Rudolph
Do not have a truck, but would be glad to be the set of hands to help others move the bins
Denyse Perry
I have a CRV and a 16 year old to help me.
Caitlin Waddick
I have a large vehicle for loading. It’s an SUV.
Rich Downing
12/25/2019 (Wed.) Elks Lodge 10:00am - 12:00pm  

Set Up and Decorations (4)

Set up and decorations at Elks Lodge

All slots filled
Lynne Balman
I am coming from 10:00 until 3:00
Michael Giangreco
Rose Godard
Jess Yepeth Perla Rubin
11:00am - 3:00pm  

Holiday Dinner Volunteers (22)

Includes greeting guests, distributing giftbags, serving meals, preparing meals for take out, and lots of socializing and making everyone feel welcome! * You may volunteer for less than a 4-hour shift, but all volunteers must attend the 11am orientation *

All slots filled
Lynne Balman
Mica DeAngelis
Jess Kell (3)
Jess, Shay, Ezra
Michael Giangreco
Rebecca Trudeau
Patricia McGovern
I can do the first 2 hrs, 11to1pm
Gwendy Lauritzen
I can be there from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lindsey Halman (3)
Lindsey, Josh, Aila
Kim Swartz (3)
Myself, my son and my mom will help with dinner. From 11 to 1 or 2.
Sherri George (2)
My husband and I can stay until 2 pm.
Jean O'Sullivan
I can do the full four hours
Sarah Buchwald (2)
Buchwald Family
Trevor Burke
Karin Ames
I can come from 11-1 and may have additional family members with me.
1:00pm - 3:00pm  

Second Shift, Clean Up, and Moving Giftbins (6)

Includes greeting guests, distributing giftbags, serving meals, preparing meals for take out, and lots of socializing and making everyone feel welcome!

All slots filled
Michael Giangreco
Happy to do this, but FYI, I don't have a station wagon or truck
Sarah Buchwald (3)
Buchwald Family
Deb Hartshorn
Catherine Bonnett
12/27/2019 (Fri.) ONE Community Center 2:00pm - 4:00pm  

Moving Bins and Sorting/Labeling Contents (3)

(This date/time is somewhat flexible. Let me know if you want to help, and we'll figure it out.)

All slots filled
Kristen Watson
Skye Ellicock (2)
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