Community Spotlight

Helping Hands of Paulding County, Inc.

Helping Hands of Paulding County, Inc. is a story of how an idea of Christian generosity became an amazing movement which now helps whole communities. In 1987, five local churches, Dallas First Baptist, Dallas First United Methodist, New Canaan Baptist, New Hope Baptist and Poplar Springs Baptist formed a partnership to battle the effects of poverty and hunger in Paulding. From those humble beginnings, Helping Hands has grown into a dynamic alliance of churches, businesses, civic groups and generous individuals who assist our low to no income neighbors with some specific basic needs.

Helping Hands is a 501(c) (3) non-profit Christian organization providing services to thousands of Paulding County residents over the past 33 years and they will continue to unite their community by actively fulfilling God’s plan to support their many needs. Helping Hands also collaborates with other agencies such as DFCS, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank, Georgia Dept of Human Resources, Adult Protective Services and United Way of Metro Atlanta. Other current partners are Walmart, Kroger, Publix, Target, Sprout’s and Panera Bread. Their help is much appreciated, however, due to the growing needs in the community, additional assistance is still needed.

Helping Hands recognizes that many people have needs that go beyond food insecurity and hunger; therefore, vouchers are provided for free clothing from their Clothing Center and limited utility assistance to residents who are in crisis and have exhausted all other resources. If they make a critical utility payment for them it may possibly help them become more self-sufficient by negotiating a payment arrangement they can afford, and the utility company will accept. Additionally, assistance is offered to individuals desiring to complete their high school education through the GED Preparation and Adult Basic Education programs with the Paulding County Adult Education Center. Other resources are provided as needed.

Regarding food disbursements, Helping Hands holds strict accountability. Due to the pandemic, families in need of assistance may apply for food service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. They will need proof of their Paulding residency such as a lease agreement, mortgage documents or a utility bill along with identification. All families receive the same amount of emergency food regardless of the size of the family because of this unprecedented time which has caused a decrease of incoming donations. Donations are weighed when received and likewise, food given to neighbors is weighed before it leaves the building, ensuring receipts of food disbursements, each day.

What makes this entire operation unique is the fact that all of this is accomplished with volunteers! Fellow Paulding County residents come together Monday through Friday to offer their time and efforts to help their neighbors in need.

Helping Hand’s Food Pantry is located at 228 West Spring Street, Dallas, GA 30132. They are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. The Clothing Center is located at 140 Professional Court, Dallas, GA 30132. (Please call for days of operation.) Your financial donations, small or large are not only needed, but greatly appreciated. If you desire to donate food, they will cheerfully accept it no matter the size. Volunteer Pantry Workers, Drivers, Clothing Center Volunteers and Case Managers are needed, since 90% of their volunteers are sheltering in place for safety reasons. Facial coverings/masks and social distancing are required at Helping Hands. They follow the CDC guidelines to do their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

They welcome any ideas you may have to help them better serve their neighbors in need. You may help by encouraging participation from your church, school, or place of employment. Finally, yet importantly, Helping Hands and those served by the organization could use your prayers. Feel free to contact the Executive Director, Reva M. Burks at (770) 443-1230 or email at helpinghandsofpc@gmail.com if you are interested in a tour or have questions. Additional information may be found at their website hhpcga.org.