Hands On Hartford

Update In Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18, 2020

Dear Hands On Hartford volunteers, donors and friends,

We have seen an incredible outpouring of support for the most vulnerable folks in our community over the past several days.  Thank you all for reaching out with such generosity.  We know how much you care about our Hartford neighbors and coming together and acting in solidarity has great impact.

We all know that as a community we are facing a really challenging situation with the Coronavirus. Being cautious and aware and adjusting our normal lives to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is vital.  We know that we’re not alone in feeling trepidation in these uncertain times.

We also know how much we’ve experienced at Hands On Hartford/Center City Churches over the past 51 years and how often we’ve come together during difficult and tumultuous times to serve our community.  And that’s exactly what we will do during this crisis as well. COVID- 19 is especially difficult for low income folks, tenants with complex health issues and people who are homeless, and they need us now more than ever.

After careful consideration we’ve determined the following, that will likely be adjusted as we go over the upcoming weeks.  For now we will focus on the following:

Cleanliness and Social-Distancing:

Programs and Services:


Volunteers:  While we welcome volunteers at all of our programs, we understand that folks may not be prepared and may not be able to offer volunteer assistance at this time.  Volunteers who are ill, who have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to the Coronavirus should hold their own health and the health of those they come into contact with as a top priority, stay home, stay safe and seek medical attention.  For information on volunteering, contact volunteering@handsonhartford.org

How You Can Help:  Some folks have asked us already how they can help.  Here are a few ideas:  (feel free to spread the word – we will too)

If you have questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  We will update this information as things change and you can reach us by contacting our Executive Director, Barbara A. Shaw at bshaw@handsonhartford.org.

In coming days and weeks, we will focus on being careful, kind, and compassionate with each other during this challenging time.  Please know how very much your work and care and support mean to all of us and to our neighbors, and how very grateful we are that you are part of the Hands On Hartford Team.

This post was written by Kate Shafer, Communications & Development Manager at Hands On Hartford. You may contact the author at kshafer@handsonhartford.org.