Martin Luther King – Service Weekend

Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve….You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to service.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


We honor Dr. King’s legacy this weekend with three days of volunteer opportunities with A Hand Up.  On Saturday, 1/16, starting at 10:00am, we are making a round of pick-ups in West Hartford and we need a driver and 2-3 volunteers that can load and unload furniture.  Sunday, 1/17, is our second Drop Off Day at the warehouse.  The Drop Off Day runs from 10:00am – 1:00pm and we need 2-3 volunteers to staff the warehouse during this period.  The volunteers will also assist a client who is coming to the warehouse on Sunday with a truck to collect the items he needs for his apartment.  On Monday, 1/18, we have volunteer team from St. James’s Church signed up to work at the warehouse from 10:00am – 1:00pm.  We have also scheduled a delivery to a single mom and her two daughters who have been waiting since the beginning of December to receive items they need for their apartment in Hartford.  We have the volunteers but need a driver to make this delivery happen.  The delivery will start at 12:00 noon.  Please consider helping us one or more days this weekend, thanks.


This past weekend, we provided a hand up to two clients who came to the warehouse on Saturday to pick up items they needed for their respective apartments.  A big thanks to Alan Heins and Mike Fishman who helped the clients pick out and load furniture and household goods for the bedroom, living room and kitchen.  While they were busy assisting clients, Sam Paul took the truck and made three stops in West Hartford to collect an always-in-demand kitchen table and chairs and bedroom furniture needed for future client deliveries.   The next day, Dave and Matt Houpert took the truck out to Simsbury and made two stops that netted us a complete bedroom set (queen size frame, bureau, dresser, 2 nightstands), an area rug, four upholstered chairs, a sofa and a coffee table.  Thanks to Dave and Matt for braving the rain and helping us keep the warehouse well stocked with quality furniture.