About Us

Our Mission

The primary objective of the Helping Hands Network is to provide a helping hand to those in need throughout the Sandy Valley Local School District community.

Hours of Operation

We are open Tuesday and  Wednesday from 9 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.
NOTE: you must check-in by 11:15 AM / 2:15 PM to be served that day. Picture ID required.

What We Provide

Our main area of service is providing food through a Choice Food Pantry to those who meet the USDA income guidelines for food assistance. We also have an extensive selection of gently used clothing available for all ages.

Receive Our Services

Would you like to receive our services? Be sure to double check if you meet our Household Eligibility Guidelines. Use the following link: OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES (akroncantonfoodbank.org)

Our History

The Helping Hands Network was established in 1983 as the Sandy Valley Community Center, serving residents in the East Sparta, Magnolia, Sandyville, and Waynesburg communities. The center began in a house located at 122 Main Street in Waynesburg. Seven years ago, HHN moved into the former Waynesburg United Methodist Church at 126 S. Main Street. Helping Hands is governed by an eight-member board of directors. Our staff members include program director Becky Larson as well as a staff of 22 dedicated volunteers.

Help Us Serve

Want to help us serve? Be sure to check out our blog below for the latest on how you can help us in our mission!

Latest News



Helping Hands Network was recently the recipient of 233 pounds of food collected by two students in the SOAR program at Sandy Valley Elementary School.  Amber Ward and Kaitlyn Williams are fifth grade students who were looking for a special project.  Amber has volunteered at HHN before and they agreed that a food drive would be the perfect project.  The girls obtained permission, organized and promoted the drive for the 3rd and 4th grade students, and delivered the food to HHN.

233 pounds of food will provide 194 meals and has a value of $498.58! Their efforts will feed our neighbors in need.  What a wonderful lesson two 11 year olds have taught us.  A little initiative can produce outstanding results.  SOAR stands for Stimulating minds, Ongoing exploration, Achieving new levels and Rising to the challenge.  Congratulations to Amber and Kaitlyn on exemplifying the SOAR goals and congratulations to their teachers, Miss Marshall and Mrs. Woods, along with their parents, Michelle and Jeff Ward and Stephanie and Kevin Williams for teaching and encouraging these young women.  There is no doubt that these two will be SOARing for years to come!


Kaitlyn and Amber

Published: April 28, 2015




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We are SO THANKFUL to Dick Dierick for providing Helping Hands with a gorgeous new sign.  Not only did Dick donate the sign, he also installed it!   Drive by and check it out !!  THANK YOU-THANK YOU-THANK YOU!!

Published: April 22, 2015



Helping Hands is pleased to announce that our clothing area has reopened!  Thirteen volunteers gave countless hours over 2 months to reorganize the clothing area to make shopping easier.  We are pleased to offer “NEARLY NEW” clothing for children and adults, as well as shoes and accessories.

The clothing area is open T-W-TH 9-11:30 AM and 1- 2:30 PM when staffing allows and will be open the third Saturday of each month from 10 AM-2 PM starting in March.   Clothing is available to anyone – just stop in and browse you never know what you might find!

A debt of gratitude is due to Janet, Carole, Bob, John, Kevin, Heather, Marlene, Anne, Sue, Pearl, Adam, Linda and John for their vision, hard work and advice!   Without their efforts this would not have been possible. THANK YOU for all you did to help us!

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Published: February 17, 2015




Helping Hands Network is now sponsoring a clothing drop off shed as a fundraiser and service to the community. On November 23, 2014, St. Pauly Textile installed their 1000th clothing collection shed (pictured below) at Helping Hands for the community to use as a drop off for clothing. The clothing will be distributed all over the United States and world to those who can use it. Helping Hands will in turn receive 4 cents for every pound of clothing that is donated.  All clothing donated to the shed must be bagged.

This program keeps clothing out of the landfill, helps out those in need, and helps out Helping Hands with funding. Helping Hands asks the community to still bring clothing into Helping Hands when possible so it can be processed for our clothing giveaway program.  Helping Hands in turn will fill the shed with any clothing that cannot be used. Your clothing donation will either assist someone in need of clothing or assist us in purchasing food for our food pantry.

St. Pauly is a family-owned company based in Upstate NY and is an A-plus rated member of the Better Business Bureau. St. Pauly collects useable clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, linens, blankets and drapes. In 2013, more than 60 million clothing garments were distributed to an estimated 7.5 million people all over the world through the St. Pauly program.

St. Pauly currently has clothing drop off sheds all over NY and parts of OH, PA, CT, MA, and VT. For the complete list of sheds and more information about St. Pauly, visit http://www.St-Pauly.com


St Pauly Shed


Published: January 22, 2015


Dear Friends,

As 2014 comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your faithful support this past year.  I have only been with Helping Hands since August but it quickly became clear to me how generous you are with your financial support, donation of needed items and volunteering your time.

Our Food Pantry could not continue to exist without you.  As most of you know, our allocation from the Stark County Hunger Task Force was cut a few years ago from $1000.00 to $450.00 per month.  This is what they give us to spend at the Akron Canton Food Bank.  Since that cut we have been supplementing with monies donated and food drives to meet our pantry needs.  We strive to be good stewards of our monies and constantly try to purchase food items at the Food Bank that are grant items- meaning they are reduced in price as a grant has covered some of the cost- or free items. If you would ever have questions about our budget, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The number of people served has remained close to the same over the last 3 years -just under 6000 per year. We served 714 last month in our food pantry which was our highest month ever.  We continue to offer gently used free clothing to anyone in need.  In September we provided school supplies to 171 children and this month we will be distributing 241 Christmas presents to children- all of which were provided by our community. We have been blessed to be able to meet these needs.

These are just a few highlights of our year!  As always I am available to answer any questions you may have.  You may contact me at 330-866-2005 or stop by for a visit/tour of our center.  Once again, thank you for your continued support.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!


Becky Larson, Director


Published: January 8, 2015

This website is a preview.

This website is truly a preview of the great things to come from the Helping Hands Network!  Please be sure to check back as we continue to build upon our work up to our final website, to be officially unveiled by the end of 2014!

Published: October 27, 2014