Hello Villagers!!

Welcome to the dog days of summer!!! The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional timing of the dog days: the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Here in Florida, it probably goes a couple weeks longer.

It’s normally a period of stagnation or inactivity. But not here in The Villages. Those of us still here are busy doing what we do, just in a cool environment (except for golf, pickleball, etc.). Except for the Helping Hands volunteers who continue to provide outstanding customer service to the thousands of Villagers requiring our services. To date this year, we’ve had over 4000 contacts so far, surpassing where we were last year. It’s encouraging to know that our program is assisting so many Villagers.

Do you have relatives or friends visiting that might require some durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, transport chairs, etc.)? If so, they can leave their equipment at home and you can request a short-term loan from us for while they’re here. When they return home, you just return the equipment to us. No storage required on your part. And you can do this as often as you need. It’s just another service we provide to Villages’ residents. The full list of what we provide is on our website:

How do you get this equipment from us? Glad you asked. Just call us at 352-973-2284. One of our volunteer coordinators will discuss your requirement to ensure you get exactly what you need. Then within a day or two, your equipment will be ready for pickup at our office in Spanish Springs (1104 Main Street, rear of alcove adjacent to Kilwins Ice Cream & Candy) between 11am and 1pm, Monday through Friday.

Concerned about COVID or other infections? You should be.  And we are as well, not only to protect you, but for our volunteers as well. All of our equipment is fully disinfected before it enters our office, either equipment returns or equipment donations.

Want to help?  We have a few opportunities where you could provide much needed assistance. None of the positions are very demanding. We’re especially looking for volunteers that have a minimal understanding of Excel; basically, how to navigate around a spreadsheet. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us at 352-973-2284 to find out more.

Speaking of donations, we are a 501(c)(3) organization with 100% non-paid volunteers and 100% funded/equipped through donations. You can donate via credit card online at our website (, send us a check (made out to Helping Hands and mailed to us at 1104 Main Street, The Villages, FL 32159, or drop off cash or equipment in good condition at our office.

Neighbors helping Neighbors,

Al Arnold
The VHA Helping Hands