The Helping Hands group was formed in 2006 initially to respond to the Mother's Day flooding that year. This was a natural extension of our Mission Trip experience in Louisiana, providing support for people who were suffering in our own community, and providing hands on opportunities to interested members who are unable to join one of our week long trips.
Many families around New Hampshire were forced to move out of their home and still many more were not equipped to recover from the damage. Our Helping Hands crews made up of volunteers from our church have re-mediated mold, hung new sheet rock, repaired stairways, cleaned debris from yards, and completed many other tasks needed to get families back into their homes and to make their homes safe and clean again for living. The spring of 2007 also saw excessive rains in New Hampshire and again more families found themselves needing assistance.
The Helping Hands mission is a hands-on local volunteer opportunity for members of BPC. No specialized skills are required other than a desire to help. The group has some members with construction skills that provide technical leadership, but there is always a need for more people skilled in that area. The group meets when a need arises. Volunteer commitments can be long-term or as short as a single Saturday.
For more information about this mission, contact George Reese at 472-4920 or Frank Conery at 471-0027 or the Mission Committee at missions@BedfordPresbyterian.org.
BPC's Helping Hands at a worksite in Londonderry. These fine folks spent a June Saturday morning helping to clean out a house. They showed the loving face of Jesus to the homeowners by filling a big dumpster, taking loads to Goodwill, and recycling hundreds of pounds of paper and cardboard.