Hands On Hartford

  • Make a meal. Change a life.
  • From farm to ... pantry.
  • At our pantry, guests shop.
  • Care begins with health.
  • You make a difference.
  • Backpacks put smiles on faces.
  • Café at Fifty-five now open!

In partnership with you, Hands On Hartford puts caring into action. Here's how:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides basic needs to thousands of individuals in Hartford each month.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides supportive services, including case management, counseling, and rental support for people struggling with illnesses including HIV/AIDS and living in their own apartments.

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program connects individuals and volunteer groups to meaningful service opportunities at Hands On Hartford and partnering organizations.

Faces of Homelessness

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service.

The Café at Fifty-Five & Caterers Who Care

A café with a cause.
Full-service catering at our place or yours.

Your Kitchen. Your Space.

Our licensed commercial kitchen is available for shared use membership, and convenient and comfortable meeting spaces are available for your next meeting or event.

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Upcoming Events

Corporate Dash for a Difference

September 21st, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Experience what makes Hartford special through service projects and hands on activities throughout the city. Gather your team and join us for the Corporate Dash for a Difference on September 21st! Register by August 17th. For more information check out our Dash for a Difference 2018 Flyer

News and Views

Hands On Hartford Announces Election of New Board Chairperson

March 12th, 2018

Hands On Hartford is pleased to announce that Rev. Donna K. Manocchio of Wethersfield, Connecticut, was recently elected as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the agency.   Donna is a retired pastor of the United Church of Christ, and along with her family, Donna has a longtime association with Hands On Hartford, which includes […]

A Bittersweet Farewell

January 31st, 2018

There was a lot of laughter and a few tears as well as we said farewell to Michelle Jarvis who has been a valuable, loved and appreciated member of the Hands On Hartford Team for the past 6 ½ years.  Michelle contributed hugely to many aspects of our services and programs, and was connected to […]

Holiday Giving

January 12th, 2018

As is usual at this time of year, we are feeling overwhelmed here at Hands On Hartford, but overwhelmed in a good way.  Over the past month, we have seen so many friends, both old and new, providing an incredible outpouring of support for our Hartford neighbors.  Over 70 groups and individuals brought in-kind donations […]