Our Back That Truck Up food truck party is coming soon… Sept 24th to be exact! Join us to enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks, live music, and heartwarming feels as proceeds directly support local Five Points programs - programs like Heart & Hand, a local afterschool program established in 2010.  
 
Founded by Nikki Cady, Heart & Hand (H&H) aims to close the opportunity gap for all children, regardless of circumstance. Cady passionately believes that by providing a nurturing, safe, and positive environment where role models and mentors are actively involved, children can enjoy the same opportunities as their more privileged peers. With Heart & Hand’s involved approach, children can thrive and realize their full potential for a bright and vibrant future. This is an especially important focus during the back-to-school season where children often struggle to secure school supplies.
Enter Heart & Hand. At the beginning of each school year, an adoption program occurs where Corporate and Individual Sponsors can adopt a family where gifts, grocery cards, and a fully stocked backpack are provided to all H&H families. The mission of this program is to prepare H&H youth for a successful start of school. To ensure they have the same tools as their more affluent peers and to eliminate the opportunity gap they may otherwise feel. Thanks to strong ongoing community support, this program has successfully helped over 500 people every single year.
 
In addition to the back-to-school adoption program efforts, there are also daily endeavors by H&H throughout the school year. Students from 15 different schools in the community come to the Heart & Hand Centers afterschool every weekday to deservedly delight in a hot-served meal and to participate in a variety of academic learning, creative expression, physical activity, and social-emotional workshops. Beyond on-site services, every student is sent home with a backpack full of groceries every Friday. Because ensuring full bellies seven days a week is a 24/7 initiative for Heart & Hand.
 
But the good doesn’t stop there. On top of focusing on the children’s well being, H&H also pays special care and attention to the families. At the Family Resource Center, H&H provides parents with a variety of referrals, Emergency assistance funding, and general support. Special occasions and holidays are not forgotten as grocery gift cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas are provided. During Christmas, Corporate Sponsors and Individual Contributors participate in H&H’s Christmas adopt a family program, where families are provided with gifts and grocery gift cards.
 
Heart & Hand is a wonderful, life-changing, community-supported program that Five Points Rotary is proud to partner with. We are excited to imbibe, dance, and laugh the night away at our upcoming food truck party, but even more so, we are excited to be contributing to such an important community program. You too can join in on the fun simply by attending our food truck party!  
 
A Personal Thank You From Heart & Hand:
Without the community support, we would not be able to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. We would particularly like to thank Five Points Rotary Club, Lockton Company and Saunders Construction for making our Back to School Backpack and Supplies such a huge success. We would also like to thank Emily Henderson at Liv Sotheby's Reality for all of your time and support in making our Christmas Program bring so many smiles to our families at Christmas for the past 4 years!