VHA Helping Hands President’s Message

We at Helping Hands hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! And our sincere best wishes for a fantastic holiday season!!

The last couple months have been very successful for Helping Hands.  Not only did we have over 1000 resident contacts during October and November, but we’ve had two significant events.

First, we were fortunate to have been able to help Villages Honor Flight complete their 50th mission by loaning them 16 wheelchairs on October 20th. Our crack maintenance crew ensured they were in tip top shape, only befitting what is required to show the appropriate respect for what our veterans sacrificed for all of us.

Second, on November 4th, we held a Helping Hands volunteer appreciation night at Sea Breeze Recreation Center. The dinner was catered by Giovanni’s restaurant with candy favors from Kilwins. Just like all other volunteer organizations, it’s our volunteers that make the difference and enable us to succeed. Hence, the Board of Directors wanted to show them how much they are appreciated. Over 45 folks attended, including volunteers, spouses and significant others. We even had seven door prizes to give out!! Because many of our volunteers work on the same days, they may never meet the other volunteers.  This event gave everyone a chance to meet each other and exchange stories. A HUGE thank you to all our volunteers.

Speaking of volunteers, if you have a couple hours per month to spare, we can use your help. 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 could help. We’ll provide all the training you need.  None of the positions are very demanding but we are anticipating an increase in resident contacts as our friendly, seasonal residents return. So, WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us at 352-973-2284.

On another positive note, we recently received a large monetary donation ($900.00). While this may not be large compared to other Villages’ volunteer organizations, it was huge for us. The donor was very appreciative of what Helping Hands did for him and wanted to show his thanks. If you or your organization would like to donate, please go to our website (, hover over Helping Hands in the banner and select “donation” for a credit card donation or stop by our office (1104 Main Street, The Villages, FL 32159) in Spanish Springs or mail a cash or check donation.

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 always, we’re Neighbors Helping Neighbors by providing free loans of purchased and donated durable medical equipment. Visit our website at to view our current inventory, then call us at 352-973-2284 to request your equipment.   Or you can email us at

Serving with you,
Al Arnold, Interim HH President