How Donations are used:
Q: How much do you make running this Charity?
A: Nothing, Andrews Helpful Hands is run as a “True Charity” in every way. We don’t have payroll! We are 100% Volunteer! We don’t pay professional fundraisers! We have had a few times where donations were specifically made for office expenses, at this time we did pay some of the volunteers to build and populate a database for event notifications and informational mailers to past donors. We “Fun-Raise” vs Fundraiser….. but donations are very very welcome, and we don’t get enough donations outside of the events we hold.
Q: If I donate to help a family, how much of my donation does the family get?
A: 100% of your donation goes into a Family Fund Account. This account is use to pay the creditors of the family directly. This is used for paying the Mortgage or Rent and sometimes other expenses that are in the child’s best interests.
Q: If I donate to the charity’s office or event expenses, how is this different from a donation to the Families?
A: There is a separate bank account setup for donations toward the operation of events or office supplies and equipment. This account is always low and sometimes we need to do fundraising for the Charity itself. We are really grateful to the printing companies that donate the supplies and printing for our event fliers and tickets. This is our largest need besides funds for the families.
Q: If an event surpasses what the family needs, where does the rest of the money go? is it given to the family?
A: All family directed funds go directly into the Family Fund Account…. this is used for all the families we help. Some families need more funds than others. Some events don’t cover all the family’s needs and some far exceed the needs. We have had families that have needed our assistance multiple times, it might be a year or more between so you never know if your event raised enough or not… but this way, we usually have funds available when they are needed. Funds from past events help us start helping a new family right away without the need for an immediate event just for that family.
Q: Your events have many gift baskets and raffle prizes. How much do you pay for them?
A: We pay through our hard work and many hours of asking…. we try to work solely on donations of items. Sometimes we do have people who don’t have an item to give but do give a money donation with the explicit direction to spend it on raffle items of our choice.
Q: I would like to volunteer to work directly with the children, what can I do?
A: Unfortunately our kids won’t have an immune system for many months and direct contact is not a good idea. A simple cold is very serious and could put them into the hospital for a week or more. But you can help them by Volunteering at one of our events and making the event more successful. This is the best way to help them.
Q: I would like to make meals for the family, how can I get this to them?
A: Again, this is a good thought but the kids shouldn’t be eating per-prepared foods. They need to have every meal prepared fresh and their dietary needs can change rapidly. Many parents will eat only what the child is eating. Just imagine having your favorite meal delivered and you can’t have it while everyone else can. This is a difficult time and food is a very delicate subject with the kids and their emotions.
Q: I can’t make it to your events, is there another way I can help?
A: Yes…. there are many ways you can help.
- First, call us and let us know what you’re thinking of doing so it can be placed on our website.
- Next, hold an event in your area. Have a dinner, a dance, a game, pass the hat, hold a can-drive, hold a change-drive, a car wash, a bike ride, a walk, a run…
We are not looking to improve a family’s financial situation, we are looking to help maintain what they currently have while they focus 100% on their child getting better.
We are focused on keeping families in their current homes or apartments so the child has familiar surroundings when they get out of the hospital.
We are hoping to lessen the parents’ burdens by paying the creditors directly. No parent needs to be worried about the bills getting paid while their child is fighting a battle with cancer.
We are trying to get more people on the Bone Marrow Registry so the search for a Bone Marrow donor is quicker and better matches for the child are found. Better matches means an easier and faster recovery is possible.
We would love to build an endowment that would cover the needs of all the families we meet.
We would love to expand Andrews Helpful Hands beyond the boarders of Massachusetts. To do this, we would need to find more good people to do “Real Charity” work. We don’t believe any “Charity” should have a payroll or funds that go to a payroll without explicit and non-legal-speak notification to donors that they are donating to someone’s paycheck. A paycheck or fee-for-service shouldn’t be considered an expense that can be slid sideways or out-the-back-door of a donation.