Hearts and Hands Ministry

The Hearts and Hands Ministry seeks to embody the love and compassion of Jesus by using our voices, eyes, hands and feet to support, comfort and care for our United Parish family during times of celebration and joy, sickness and healing, grief and loss. We are an active and diverse group of volunteer caregivers who:

  • Celebrate special milestones in the lives of our members by sending cards and delivering gift bags;
  • Care for our members who are coping with illness or related needs by visiting or telephoning, providing transportation to medical appointments, preparing and delivering meals, writing notes; delivering healing gift bags; knitting prayer shawls;
  • Comfort our members who are bereaved by sending cards, assisting with transportation; visiting and telephoning;
  • Gather in small groups to make items to include in gift bags (prayer shawls, mittens, baby blankets) or food, and participate in special projects to help United Parish members.

We welcome and encourage you to explore the variety of volunteer opportunities offered through this ministry.

Please Note: Hearts and Hands New Email Address The Hearts and Hands ministry team has a new email address as of January 2021, which is heartsandhands@upbrookline.org.

Contact: 

Hearts and Hands Care Coordinator
Church Office (617-277-6860)

Latest Hearts and Hands Ministry News

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry - February 27
Posted: Feb 18 2021 - 4:47pm

Since COVID-19 began, the Brookline Food Pantry has been serving four times more families than previous times. Help us support the Pantry by bringing donations to United Parish this month. We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food at the Chapel ramp door on Saturday, February 27 from 10am-2pm.

Items in high demand are rice, cereals, lentils (all varieties), oatmeal, mac and cheese, pastas (any kind), pasta and tomato products, canned soups, canned vegetable and fruit (low sodium and no sugar added products), dry beans (all varieties), and healthy snacks for kids (granola bars, seaweed packages, fruit cups).

 

Here are some additional guidelines from the Brookline Food Pantry:

• We aim for healthy and nutritious items for our clients (think lower sugar cereal, whole grains, fewer preservatives, etc)

• Many of our clients have special dietary restrictions and often request low sodium, low sugar, lactose free, gluten free items.

• Many of our clients have small children at home so snacks for young kids are great! Diapers too!

• Personal care items such as feminine products, shampoo, lotion, Vaseline are always appreciated.

• We have plenty of canned tuna fish and beans.

• Clients love vegetable and chicken broth to cook with.

• Cooking oils are often asked for

  • Vegetable
  • Extra virgin
  • Sunflower

• Some items that our clients think of as special treats include

  • Jarred olives
  • Pickles
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Artisan crackers

• Please check all expiration dates before donating. We cannot accept items past their expiration date.

You may also make a monetary donation by visiting brooklinefoodpantry.org/monetary-donations. Monetary donations to the pantry are the most impactful for us right now, they go farther than you may think. We are able to use all monetary donations towards purchasing food in large quantities from the Greater Boston Food Bank at a discounted price. Food donations are wonderful and always much appreciated, but since we feed over 700 households a week, we need to have a very high inventory of our staple items on hand at all times. Purchasing in bulk allows us to do that.

Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.

Need a Ride to Your Scheduled COVID-19 Vaccination? Hearts and Hands can help!
Posted: Feb 11 2021 - 4:09pm

Need a Ride to Your Scheduled COVID-19 Vaccination? Hearts and Hands can help! Our Ministry Team is ready, willing and able to provide transportation to and from these appointments for members of our congregation. Don't hesitate to email heartsandhands@upbrookline.org or call the church office (617-277-6860) and let us know how we can help.

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry
Posted: Jan 19 2021 - 2:57pm

Since COVID-19 began, the Brookline Food Pantry has been serving four times more families than previous times. Help us support the Pantry by bringing donations to United Parish this month.

We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food at the Chapel ramp door on Saturday, January 23 from 10am-2pm and Saturday, January 30 from 10am-2pm.

Items in high demand are:

Rice
Cereals
Lentils (all varieties)
Oatmeal
Mac and Cheese
Pastas (any kind)
Pasta and Tomato Products
Canned Soups
Canned Vegetable and Fruit (low sodium and no sugar added products)
Dry Beans (all varieties)
Fresh Produce
Healthy Snacks for Kids (granola bars, seaweed packages, fruit cups)
Healthy and nutritious items for our clients (think lower sugar cereal, whole grains, fewer preservatives, etc)
Low sodium, low sugar, lactose free, gluten free items
Personal care items such as feminine products, shampoo, lotion, Vaseline, diapers
Vegetable and chicken broth
Cooking oils (vegetable oil, extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil)
Jarred olives
Pickles
Dried fruit
Chocolate
Nuts
Honey
Balsamic vinegar
Dried herbs and spices
Artisan crackers

 

Other things to note:

Please check all expiration dates before donating. We cannot accept items past their expiration date.

The Panrtry already has plenty of canned tuna fish and beans.

 

You may also make a monetary donation by visiting brooklinefoodpantry.org/monetary-donations or mail a check made payable to the Brookline Food Pantry to 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline, MA 02446. Monetary donations to the pantry are the most impactful for the Food Pantry right now, they go farther than you may think. They are able to use all monetary donations towards purchasing food in large quantities from the Greater Boston Food Bank at a discounted price. Food donations are wonderful and always much appreciated, but since they feed over 700 households a week, they need to have a very high inventory of our staple items on hand at all times. Purchasing in bulk allows them to do that.

 

Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.