Tennessee Pinoys give back to community and beyond

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 25, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Filipino-founded and led nonprofit organization based in Tennessee is making a big impact in the community.

Helping Hands Worldwide Services, founded by Fidel Pinote ten years ago, has around 150 members with four chapters all over the state.

The group provides school supplies to struggling students, and also reaches out to lonely seniors in nursing homes.

The group also extends help to poor families in the Philippines.

“The mission for our Helping Hand is to help the people not only in the local community where we live in but also extended to the Philippines,” Pinote said. “What we’re doing is feeding a lots of children in the Philippines as well as here in the US.”

“It’s actually an awesome feeling,” Helping Hands Vice President Mila Vasquez said. “It’s something that indescribable because before in the Philippines, I was in the receiving end and then now, it’s kind of like living the American Dream. And now it’s my turn to give back to the community.”

Helping Hands also plans to hold a free medical mission this weekend at the Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tenn. They expect to help and treat up to 2,000 patients.

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