Hello Villagers!! 

I’m happy to tell you the VHA Helping Hands Program is alive and well. To date, we’ve had almost 4,000 contacts so far this year, surpassing where we were last year. It’s encouraging to know our program is assisting so many Villagers.

If you know someone who needs durable medical equipment or has a friend/relative visiting that will need some equipment, please tell them about us. It’s surprising when we ask folks if they’ve heard about our program, many say no. So please tell everyone about us just in case, in the future, they know we’re here to help with durable medical equipment.

What is durable medical equipment you ask? Well, it includes things such as wheelchairs, rollators, walkers, shower chairs, crutches, etc. The full list of what we provide is on our website:  And we offer free temporary loans to all Villages residents.

We recently identified some durable medical equipment we no longer could use. To repurpose this equipment, we found an organization that accepts this type of equipment. It’s called FAME (Fellowship of Associates of Medical Evangelism). They were very happy to pick up our excess equipment. Their primary focus is medical mission work. They send medical supplies to the developing world. If you’re interested in this organization, more information can be obtained at the New Life Christian Church in Wildwood at 4701 County Road 462 or at

I mentioned in the April Voice that we were looking for a volunteer to coordinate donating this excess equipment.  We still need that special person. This will not entail a lot of time because this situation happens infrequently. If you’re interested, please call us at 352-973-2284 or stop by our office in Spanish Springs Monday – Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Of course, we’re always looking for other volunteers as well. Only a couple hours per month and you would be part of an organization that helps thousands of Villagers each year. None of the positions are very demanding. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us at 352-973-2284 to find out more.

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.

As we always say, we’re neighbors helping neighbors!!

Al Arnold
President, VHA Helping Hands