Pinoy-led group gives back to community in US

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Jul 28 2014 10:34 AM | Updated as of Jul 28 2014 10:44 PM

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Filipino-founded and led non-profit 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 at the Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tenn. They expect to help and treat up to 2,000 patients.

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