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HELPING HANDS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Wow!! Is it February already? Seems like yesterday we were talking about Thanksgiving. Time flies when you’re having fun.  And that’s what we do here in The Villages and why our community is so large, including all of our friendly, seasonal residents.

Speaking of which, if you are a new or seasonal resident who has not heard about The VHA Helping Hands, we provide free loans of durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.) for your short-term needs. In fact, we had over 6400 transactions during 2021.

With that many transactions, and the increasing need for this program, we can use your help. If you’d like to be part of a high performing organization that provides much needed support to thousands of Villages’ residents, just give us a call or stop by our office in Spanish Springs. Working in the office, driving our van to move equipment to/from a storage unit, or being a telephone coordinator are just three ways you can help for just a few hours a month. We’ll provide all the training you need. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us at 352-973-2284.

A big SHOUT-OUT and THANK YOU to those who have donated to The VHA Helping Hands. Similar to other organizations around The Villages, we operate solely through donations of both money and/or equipment. Thanks to your generosity, we’ve been able to assist many, many Villagers as Neighbors Helping Neighbors!!

If you or your organization would like to make a donation to Helping Hands, there are a few ways to do so.

  1. USE AMAZON SMILE:  When you order anything from Amazon using this option, they will donate ½ of 1% of everything you order to the charity you choose. Once you’re logged in, if you are new to AmazonSmile, the site will allow you to pick the charity you want to support. Search for and click on “VHA Helping Hands”. If you are already using Smile Amazon and want to now select VHA Helping Hands, click on the charity you are currently supporting on the left-hand side of the top banner; then click on “Change Charity”; then put “VHA Helping Hands” in the search box; then click search; then click Select on the VHA Helping Hands line. Then shop and donate.
  2. GO TO OUR WEBSITE (thevha.net): Hover over the top line where it says Donate. Select Helping Hands for a credit card Donation Form.  Simply fill out the form and press Submit.
  3. STOP BY OUR OFFICE: 1104 Main Street, The Villages, FL 32159 in Spanish Springs, or mail a cash or check donation.
  4. IF YOU’D LIKE TO DONATE DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT: Just call our office (352-973-2284) to make sure we are taking what you are offering. Then drop it off at our office between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

If you or your organization would like someone from Helping Hands to make a short presentation to your group/social club, just give us a call.  We’d be happy to tell our story and provide our information.  If you live in the Far South, we are especially interested in getting the word out to new residents in that area.

NEED DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT? Just visit our website at www.thevha.net to view our current inventory, then call us at 352-973-2284 to request your equipment for pick-up at our office Monday-Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Or, you can email us at vha.helpinghands.officemail@gmail.com.

 

Al Arnold,
President
VHA Helping Hands