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.


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

Latest Hearts and Hands Ministry News

Volunteer Drivers Needed
Posted: Nov 3 2021 - 11:26am

Hearts and Hands is looking for 6-8 people who can drive a church member who lives in Jamaica Plain to/from church on a rotating basis. If you are interested in assisting this church member get to church, please contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org. Thank you for your ministry!

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry - September 12
Posted: Sep 2 2021 - 5:11pm

The Hearts and Hands Ministry Team will be collecting food on Sunday, September 12 to help support the Food Pantry. Bring your canned goods and non-perishable food to church with you on Sunday from 9:30am-12:30pm. Click here for a list of food in need. You may also make a monetary donation by clicking here. Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.

Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry - August 7
Posted: Jul 23 2021 - 2:24pm

The Hearts and Hands Ministry Team will be holding a food drive for the Brookline Food Pantry on the first Saturday of every month. The next one will be Saturday, August 7 from 10am-2pm at the Chapel ramp door. Contact heartsandhands@upbrookline.org for more information.

We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food to help support the Food Pantry.

Please read the guidelines below 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.

A note from the Brookline Food Pantry:

"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."

Click here to make a monetary donation.

For more information, please contact the Brookline Food Pantry brooklinefoodpantry@gmail.com, or 617-800-5339 or visit https://www.brooklinefoodpantry.org/.