Little Hands Virginia 2020 Annual Report

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L I T T L E HANDS | ANNUAL R E P OR T 2020 Dear Friends & Supporters,


It is with great excitement that we share our first annual report with you. This enthusiasm comes for two reasons – the rapid growth of Little Hands organization, and our large impact in such a short time.

In just a year and a half, Little Hands went from working with four partner organizations to fifty: local agencies such as social services, health departments, school districts, police departments, and early intervention programs; hospitals including VCU and HCA; Housing Families First and other homeless shelters; and, nonprofits ranging from the YMCA and YWCA to ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation and REAL LIFE.

The past year has been incredibly difficult for our community and the world at large. Much of our growth was natural as we continued to build and strengthen partnerships and raised awareness about our work. We grew exponentially as a direct result of the pandemic and the demand in the greater Richmond area. The Covid-19 pandemic brought a drastic increase in need for support in communities across the country, and Richmond was no exception. Every one of the 50+ partners we work with has seen and felt the increase in need in our community. The work that we do, and the specific need that we fill, has led to unique partnerships that have led to us supporting families very directly impacted by Covid-19 and its other impacts such as closures and layoffs. This annual report will take a deeper dive into how we have supported families over the past year, and where that is going to lead us as an organization. Little Hands is a startup nonprofit. We are small, nimble, and still learning how to best do what we do. But our growth, and the impact of the pandemic on our community over the past year, has shown just how necessary an organization like Little Hands was for our community. While just shy of two years old, we have built a very large village to help ensure that more young children in Greater Richmond have basic essentials to thrive. Meeting basic needs is more critical right now than perhaps it has ever been. We are humbled to be a small part of filling that need for the over 600 children we reached in 2020. Taylor Keeney Founder & Executive Director



50,000 DIAPERS

We stocked over 50,000 diapers for Richmond Public Schools food distribution sites, the VCU Emergency Department, CrossOver Health Care Ministry, and other partners for families who could not find or afford them, or needed a helping hand because of the pandemic.


Pack n’ plays for a safe place for baby to sleep at night


Car seats to help children travel safely around town


One-month supplies of diapers to help keep a baby healthy and prevent abuse


Requests for assistance filled in December 2020


Bottles of soap so children are clean


Bundles of clothes to ensure a child is warm and dressed

80 70 60 50




40 30 20 10 0




Our biggest goal for 2020 was hiring our first paid staff member. With the rapid growth of Little Hands came a need to bring on additional staff to manage the day-today work of Little Hands. Ashley joined us as Director of Operations in September and has been an amazing addition to the team. A mom of three children with a background as a teacher and a volunteer with refugees and at George Mason Elementary, she is driven by our work to improve outcomes for children in the Richmond community. Ashley has grown our volunteer program to help fill and deliver the huge increase in requests we are receiving while ensuring that everyone coming to Little Hands is helping in a safe, socially distanced environment.

Follow-up with partner/family for additional support*

Volunteer delivers items to family/partner

Crowd source or purchase specific items we don’t have on hand or need to be new (car seats, bottles, etc.)

Take donations of new and gently-used items from the community


Staff/Volunteers bundle items together for request

Wash/sort/store donations

Work with 50 partners to identify families in need of support

Partner submits request for items for family

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FAMILY AND PARTNER TESTIMONIALS I’m new to doing work in this area, and I just wanted to say I think this is such an amazing resource for families. I’ve been doing DSS work for a while, and haven’t ever had a resource like this before – so thank you for all you all do and how quickly you’re able to do it as well.” — Senior Family Services Specialist, Henrico County Department of Social Services

A heartfelt thank you from (Mom) for the diapers... she told me she was down to the last few when you all came. She was moved to tears.” — Social Worker, Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Navigation Unit

I received the items for my family (twins) this morning, and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is going to mean so much to them. Your organization is truly a BLESSING!”

—Service Coordinator, Henrico Parent Infant Program

I am due to have a baby in a month & I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart! Everything you just gave me is such a huge help & blessing. I couldn’t believe it!”

— Mom supported through REAL LIFE

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you and your organization. You have taken the stress of welcoming four newborns into shelter completely away.” — Director of Operations and Volunteer Engagement, Housing Families First

OUR WORK DURING COVID-19 The global pandemic dramatically increased the need for basic essentials in our community. Little Hands was there from Day 1 supporting the youngest members of families in the Greater Richmond region. Recognizing that store shelves were being cleared out as families stocked up ahead of school closures and stay at home orders, Little Hands reached out to Richmond Public Schools to offer support for families. On the very first day of school closures, we made sure there were diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, soap and diaper cream at every food distribution site. This helped families who could not find diapers or who suddenly could not afford them due to layoffs and closures. Our partnership continued through the summer; in total we supplied RPS with over 25,000 diapers for the youngest members of RPS families. Early on in the pandemic, the VCU Emergency Department noticed a sudden uptick in children coming into the emergency room with diaper rash because families were rationing diapers. To help ensure these children were healthy and cared for, we began supplying the VCU emergency room with diapers for families to take home with them. We continued that partnership through the fall. We also continue to supply CrossOver Healthcare Ministry with diapers for their patients struggling with diaper need. Requests for assistance from Little Hands grew dramatically during the pandemic. Much of this growth in the fourth quarter came from a new partnership between the Richmond and Henrico Health District’s COVID-19 Navigation Unit and the YMCA of Greater Richmond to support families having to quarantine because of a COVID-19 diagnosis or possible exposure. These are families who cannot just place an Amazon or Instacart order while quarantining. We often are providing the families with basics like diapers and wipes, formula, milk, and on occasion nonperishable food. We are also supporting families who, for the first time in their lives, are having to seek government assistance because of loss of income due to the global pandemic or having to quarantine. Through our partnership with the health districts and YMCA, we are providing ongoing support for young children in families struggling during this unprecedented time. Once identified by the health department, the YMCA’s new Resource Navigation Team is helping connect families with services in the community to provide the support needed – and often for families with young children they come to us. We continue to support them with essentials for their youngest until the family is back on their feet. Our reciprocal relationship with the YMCA allows us to direct families who come to us seeking assistance to the Resource Navigation Team for a wider network of services and support. This new collaboration ensures that families are getting the right support during this time.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Little Hands fills a unique role in the ecosystem of support in Central Virginia in our work to provide basic essentials to young children. The global pandemic has brought to the forefront the critical need for basics, and unfortunately has increased that need which is likely to last far beyond a vaccine as people work to get back on their feet and recover. Since the day we launched in August 2019, we have dreamed of having our own office space that is centrally located, off a bus line, and easily accessible by the community, partners, and the people we serve. We are excited to share that we moved into 2,000 square feet of office space this spring, made possible by Harper Associates. This space will allow us to store more items and enable more people to access us. Another goal has always been to provide more consistent support to families. In order to keep up with current requests, while also working directly with more children in our community, we are hoping to add another staff member to the organization this year. We have also received interest from other communities and we are exploring expansion to two or three other regions by the end of this year.

OUR PARTNERS Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School

Family Lifeline

Quin Rivers

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation

Fostering Acadia

Real Life Program

Birth in Color RVA

Hanover Department of Social Services

Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Henrico CPS

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts

Chesterfield Department

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital

Richmond Department of

Henrico Department of Social Services

Chesterfield Infant Program

Henrico Early Intervention

Richmond Police Department

Chesterfield County Mental Health

Henrico Parent Infant Program

Richmond Public Schools

Home Again

Richmond Redevelopment

Chesterfield Families First

Hopewell Department of

Children’s Hospital of Richmond

Soar 365

Housing Families First

Thrive Virginia

Church of the Epiphany

Impact Living Services


Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Leaders for Life MHSS

VCU Health

Communities in Schools Richmond

Mercy Mall

Virginia Department of Health

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry

OAR of Richmond

Open Table

YMCA of Greater Richmond

Families First

Partnership for Families

YoungLives Metro Richmond

Families in Care Intervention Services

Pregnancy Help Center of Chesterfield

YWCA Richmond

of Social Services

Support Services

at VCU

Henrico Early Intervention

Social Services

Social Services

and Housing Authority

COVID-19 Navigation Unit

2020 DONORS TO LITTLE HANDS VIRGINIA Justine Abais Heidi Abbott Micah Acu Allen Family Charitable Fund Amanda Tucker Amy Nicole Photography Nicole Angel Meriwether and Alex Arnett Ash Family Charitable Fund Ayla James Josh Babcock Serena Bardeb Terri Barker Catherine and David Barrett Tim and Katie Baskind Bridgette and Geoffrey Beyer Preston Blackburn Christina Bonini Angie Bottoms Zefy and Pat Branch Meghan and Stevan Brodie Chris and Orran Brown Amanda Burbey Elizabeth Butner Anna Carew Grace Carpenter Carter & Shands P.C. Central Virginia Partnership on Youth Margaret Chesebro Debbie Clark James and Anne Coleman Natalie and Andrew Colhoun The Commonwealth Foundations The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond COVID-19 Response Fund Matthew and Katherine Confer Margaret Copeland Corning Incorporated Caitlin and Will Cottrell Laura Cowperthwait Jo and John Cronly Joshua Curtis John Dafin Wyatt and Tucker Deal Cecily DiPiro Patricia Dodson Patrick Dolan Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Dianne Donnelly Katie and John Duni Jacob Dyer DJ Eckert Jesse Ellington Susan Elliott Eloysia Esupinan Leigh and Stuart Farmer Anne Preston and Neil Farmer ViAnn and Joe Farmer Frances and Joe Farmer Anne Garland and Tom Farrell Christie and Peter Farrell Mary and Stuart Farrell Caroline and Justin Feinman First Presbyterian Church Jennifer Fisher Abby and Brian Fishero Ian Flatt Deborah Foelich Lindsay Forston Bea and Heath Gates Gates Interiors Mary Gay Bobby and Robin Gay Pat and Andrew Gibb Graham Gillam

Jennifer Glover Emily and Sam Gottwald Nancy and Charlie Hartt Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Lauren and Wingate Grant Sarah and Gordy Graper Sharon and Bob Graper Laura and Chris Graper Hannah Gray Becky Greco Muffy and Noah Greenbaum Catherine Guedri Clara Hamlett Andrea Harkins Diane and Mike Harris Michael Hartenberg Lindi Harvey Allison Harvey Hawley Hawley Melissa Haynes Dr. William Hazel The Herndon Foundation Caitlin Hines Sarah and Wyatt Holzbach Stephen and Verna Holzbach Elizabeth Hopper The House Finch LLC Emily and Thomas Hovis Hilary Huffstetler Huguenot Trail Rotary Foundation Sandy and Otis Hundley Terri Iguina Cameron Isaacs Cutro Nicole Jacobo Amanda Jacoby Kelsey Jessee Caroline Jobe Charlotten Johnson Erika Jones-Haskins Jasminka Jost Virginia Kehlenbeck Janet Kelly William Kelly Pat Kibler Annette King Meagan King Kevin Knott Rebekah Kusterbeck Stephanie Lacey Grace Lane Nancy Lester Valierie L’Herrou Christina Lichvar Beth Linka J. Lyles Glenn Family Charitable Fund Jessica Lynch Deana and Dave Lynn Emily Martin Bill Mason Sharon Mauer Annie McCarty Michael McFadden Valerie and David McFarland Betts McGurn Charlotte McKee Allision Mecadon Meagan Mihalko Patrice Miles Laura and Brian Mills Lauren and Elliott Moore Megan Morales Lauren Morgan Caitlin Moses Penny Murray-Watson Chelsea Naylor Rachel Nazarian

Emily Newton Katy Nowlan Caley Oconnor Brendan O’Hara Nicole Omecene Maria and Rishi Pahuja Catherine Palmore Rachael Panos Lisa and Jerry Parker Ralph Parker Jr. Jeanine and Scott Patterson Kathryn Pearson Mary Pearson Generra Peck Winston Peete Allison Peltier Meg and Brendan Pevarski Darlene Pollick Larry Proffitt Sallie and Thomas Pruitt Emily Rabbitt Melissa Redfearn Gregory Rennolds Susan Riddick Robert M. Attack Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Linda Roberts Libby and Greg Robertson Barbara Rutherford Ronak Sampat Alexandra and Brock Saunders Alina Savage Kim and Adam Scharf Katherine and Adam Sheehan Short Pump Parent Village Kathryn Siberry Chris Sions Sir Thomas Dale Chapter Charles Smith Elizabeth Smith Warren Snead Leslie and George Souleret Andrew and Mona Stahling Laura Starke John Starr Anna Stenberg Olivia Stevens Amanda Surgner Briana Wellmanzuziak Swann Justine Swartzbaugh TecHead Teething Around LLC Lauren Thomas Natalie and Will Thompson Lynn and Bill Thornley Paula Titus Gates Towell Allison Vogler Kurt von Tish Sarah and Chuck Walter Mary Ward Lindsay and Will Warren Adrianne and Tim Webb Rebecca Wehman Brooks and Harrison Whitten Margaret Wilcox Sara and John Wilda Rachel Williard Thomas Woodburn Alden Woodhull Ann Wynne

BUNDLES OF JOY Erin Barrar Catherine and Joe Benevento Katherine Berry Pam Boltz Chris and Orran Brown Erica Burkhart Tabitha and Ward Burton Elizabeth Butner Carly and Garrett Buxton Melisa Catron Jeremy Cherry Susan Chesson Samantha Connelly Jodie Crabill Joshua Curtis Frances and Joe Farmer Mary Beth Fleegle Lindsay Forston Lis Foster Jill Fratanduono Randall Fulk Pat and Andrew Gibb Allison Gillam Frances and Joe Farmer Debbie Hamlett Ashley and Brendan Hanley Joanna Harris Todd Haymore Mary Katherine Hilb Linda Howe Hilary Huffstetler Sarah Huggins Karen Johnson Kathrine Kerns Rachel Kreis Elizabeth Kristofak Nancy Lester Rachel Long Sally Mattson Meredith Mawyer Berkeley McQuiddy Kortney Medlin Paula Miner Kirkland Mitchell Megan Morales Susan Mountcastle Rachel Nazarian Katharine Noland Barrett Ohagan Meghan Peltz Rebecca Pope Emily Pratt Rose Raggi Michael Roberson Joanie Robins Anne Carey and Spotty Robins Collins Rohnacher Erica Burkhart Rohnacher Devon Rohr Brittney Rose Elizabeth Rosenberg Alexandra and Brock Saunders Genevieve Stiles Emily Striffler Tara Tench Ida Vaclavik Caroline Walker Mary Williams Mary and Clayton Worthington Jian Zapata Briana Zuziak

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lauralee Allen – President Sarah Graper – President-elect Sarah Holzbach – Secretary Meghan Brodie – Treasurer Frances Farmer Mary Farrell Dr. Lindsay Forster Lindsay Gay Emily Gottwald Joanna Harris Emily Hovis Generra Peck Sallie Pruitt Alexandra Saunders Katherine Sheehan Emma Swann

CONTACT INFORMATION Taylor Keeney – Founder & Executive Director Ashley Raggi – Director of Operations New Office Address (as of April 1st) 7101 Forest Hill Ave. Suite L Richmond, Virginia 23225

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