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DEAR SUPPORTER, In 2015, the Little Helping Hands leadership team kicked off a strategic planning effort that clarified our organization’s vision going forward.

Generations of children who develop into community-minded leaders and citizens. Our primary focus is to provide Austin’s children, from tots to teens, with meaningful service experiences and leadership opportunities so they are poised to take action in their communities, wherever they land. Our growth plans and program investments will be made with the intention of creating a service pathway for youth to develop into knowledgeable, compassionate, and capable contributors in their communities. FAMILY VOLUNTEERING Family volunteer activities are at the core of our program. In 2015, we brought 2,817 families out into the community to engage in volunteerism together. Our volunteer families served 77 Central Texas nonprofit organizations with 11,265 volunteer hours. Little Helping Hands activities allowed 4,980 children to experience the value of giving back, representing 18% growth over 2014.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS In the summer of 2015, we piloted a teen leadership program to train youth ages 13-17 to lead our family volunteer activities. Eight teens were coached in public speaking, learned about nonprofit fundraising, and were provided with opportunities to practice their newfound management and leadership skills as Activity Leads. Our first group of teen leaders truly embodied our hopes for the youth who grow up with Little Helping Hands. They were eager to learn and to lead and they have made us proud with their contributions to the Austin community. As such, we made plans for more educational and leadership programs for older youth so we can ensure that children who start with our core volunteer program in early childhood can continue as they age on a path toward lifelong volunteerism and philanthropy. Thank you for helping us develop a service pathway for Austin’s youth and inspiring community engagement for generations to come.

Kind regards,

Marissa Vogel Founder and Executive Director

2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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OUR SERVICE PATHWAY & COMMUNITY IMPACT Age 3-7

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HELPING CHILDREN & FAMILIES Through 27 partner agencies, 589 families committed 2,756 hours to helping children and families in a variety of ways, including sorting/ packaging diapers, packing hygiene kits, helping with donation drives, and working carnivals/events. FOOD ON THE TABLE 1,763 children and their caregivers helped feed Austin’s community members at pantries, food banks, and shelters, contributing over 4,000 hours to fighting hunger. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS 1,078 children & their families contributed 2,438 volunteer hours cleaning up litter, planting, mulching, spreading seeds, cleaning graffiti, and marking storm drains. ANIMAL WELFARE ADVOCATES 253 families dedicated 855 volunteer hours helping with pet adoption efforts, training therapy dogs, sorting and packaging pet food/supplies, and making pet toys, blankets, and warmers. SENIOR SUPPORT 850 hours of smiles and experiences were shared with seniors at 9 different facilities throughout Austin by 492 children.

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SERVICE THROUGHOUT CHILDHOOD Participation in our programs by children ages 8 and up increased by 39% in 2015 over the previous year. We coordinated and led 851 volunteer activities in 2015, growing our activity calendar by approximately 25%. Much of this growth included activities for older youth and teens. EMPOWERING YOUTH Plans and investments were made for the development of a new educational service program for 3rd - 5th grade students to dive deeper into learning about social needs in our community. The program will be piloted in the fall of 2016.

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TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 8 teens participated in our pilot Teen Leadership Program, contributed 457 hours of service over the summer, and trained to become Little Helping Hands Activity Leads. TEENS AS LEADS Teens led 25 Little Helping Hands activities over the summer and continue to lead activities during the school year. LIFELONG SKILLS Every teen who completed the leadership program expressed improved confidence in leading groups, public speaking, and fundraising.

"I learned to speak in front of people I don't know, talk to staff at the different organizations we serve, and have the courage to take the lead when I need to. These skills make me feel more confident and independent, and I feel more ready to take on the world." SARAH RUTHVEN,      


2015 PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS Adelphi Acre Gardens

City of Austin

Pease Park Conservancy

American Heart Association

Colin’s Hope

Ronald McDonald House

Refugee Services of Texas

Coats for Kids

Allen Park

Dell Children’s Hospital

Animal Trustees of Austin

Easter Seals of Central Texas

Any Baby Can

El Buen Samaritano

ARIA Memory Care

Shoal Creek Conservancy

Goodwill Central Texas

Austin Creative Reuse

St. Edwards Park

H.A.N.D.

Austin Diaper Bank

STARRY

Homeless Task Force

Austin Disaster Relief Network

Hope Totes

Stonebridge Skilled Nursing Health Center

Manchaca Community Garden

Sustainable Food Center

Meals on Wheels & More

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride

Mobile Loaves & Fishes

The Thinkery

Neill-Cochran House Museum

TreeFolks

Operation School Bell

Westminster Manor

Hope Food Pantry

Austin Dog Alliance

AGE of Central Texas

Austin Parks Foundation Austin Pets Alive!

Austin Sunshine Camps AVANCE

Barton Hills Assisted Living Beckett Meadows Bookspring

Brookdale Westlake Hills Bull Creek Conservancy Capital Area Food Bank Caritas of Austin

Saint Louise House Sammy’s House

Front Steps

Austin Animal Center

Safeplace

Salvation Army

Foundation Communities

Arthritis Foundation

Run Free Texas

Keep Austin Beautiful

Strong Start

Mayfield Park

Texas Advocacy Project

Micah 6 Pantry

The Comfort Crew

Mt. Bonnell Park

The Trail Foundation

Operation Blue Santa

UT Concho Community Garden

Partnerships for Children

Zilker Botanical Garden

Pavilion at Great Hills

CASA of Travis County

WHO WE SERVE

ABOUT US

Where our volunteer families come from

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Little Helping Hands provides meaningful service experiences for Austin children and their families, engaging children in volunteerism and empowering them to make a difference in their communities. Through age-appropriate, hands-on volunteer activities as well as educational and leadership programs, children learn how to take action in their community and they accomplish needed work for our partner agencies. Since its inception in 2009, Little Helping Hands has organized 3,151 volunteer activities that engaged 19,980 children and their families, logging 46,269 total volunteer hours serving 77 Austin-area non-profit organizations and groups.

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8711 Burnet Rd., Suite B-33 | Austin, TX 78757

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Little Helping Hands 2015 Annual Report  
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