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Don't Miss This Year's Helping Hands Concert!

Sunday, August 17th 3 pm @ Wattenbarger Auditorium

Tickets are $25 - available @ HHPC or day of concert

Semi-Annual Report 2014



July 2014


Our annual fundraising concert is August 17, 3 pm at Wattenbarger Auditorium. The Changs and friends always delight us with a wide variety of music and this year's a special treat. People often ask Dr. Wei Tsun Chang to play "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", which isn't exactly his repertoire. But for a contribution of $1,000, he will play and say the famous line from that song - maybe in Portuguese!

Some of you will remember Jennifer McGuire, who played the piano so beautifully a few years ago at this concert. We are pleased to say that Jennifer will be back this year. This is the only fundraiser that HHPC has during the year and we would appreciate you joining us for an afternoon of great music and invite your friends to come also. Tickets are now available at the HHPC office as well as at the Auditorium on the day of the concert for $25.


With the winter weather we experienced this year and with utility bills being so high, HHPC tried to help more than usual with paying heating bills. We served about the same number of families as we did in 2013, but we paid more on bills. Also, this is the time of year when people forget that needs go on at other times rather than the holidays. We get caught up in vacations and kids being out of school and the needs of others are forgotten. As you can see from the Semi-Annual Report, we have spent more than we have taken in this year. We are fortunate that we had enough money at the beginning of the year so we won't be closing our doors! We see people with issues that most of us would not wish on anyone - sick children, loss of jobs after years of service, unexpected deaths of spouses. We all need to remember how very fortunate we are.

-Debbie Handlson

Helping Hands is a non-profit organization that helps both Putnam County residents and transients, who are in emergency situations and in need of food, rent, transportation, utility payments, medication, eye examinations and eyeglasses. This assistance is intended for those who are otherwise unable to afford these much needed services.

Mission Statement

The mission of Helping Hands of Putnam County is to administer received foods and monetary donations to assist families in Putnam County with food,
utilities, medical expenses and rent. Helping Hands also administers Project Help funds from the City of Cookeville and Upper Cumberland Electric
Membership Corporation with no cost to donors or recipients in the county.