1 out of 5 children in America live in a household that struggles to put food on the table.

Ending Poverty Program

We provide non-perishable food items, clothing, toiletries, utility bill support, housing assistance, job search and other services to individuals and families that may not be able to afford them. We provide these services and strive to assist them with getting back on their feet and on the road to a better life. If you need assistance, click "Apply Now."

Back to School Program

We provide students school supplies that may not be able to afford any for the upcoming school year. We collect school supplies from the community and assembled book-bags filled with school supplies for each child.

Book-bags are assembled by grade level which determines which supplies are given to that child. The book-bags may include: Pencils, Highlighters, Erasers, Pencil Box, Notebook Paper, Notebook, 3-ring Binder, Index Cards, Tab Dividers, Scissors, Crayons, & more.

Christmas Wish Program

We also have a Christmas program that gives families less fortunate gifts for Christmas. Parents may apply to receive assistance with Christmas gifts for their children on Christmas day. We do not want a child to wake up without a gift on Christmas morning.

Nicholas Cooke

mission & vision

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and feed.

our Programs

Foundation History

April 2011 - Our organization was established and our first Board of Directors were assembled.

March 2011 - We assisted our first client.

November 2011 - We moved into our office space.

April 2012 - Served our 100th client.

May 2013 - Our first official campaign year began. We also partnered with AES, Inc. where employees did payroll deductions.

September 2013 - 1st Annual bingo was held, raising $5,000.00

March 2014 - 1st Annual 5K was held, raising $24,000.00!

April 2014 - Our first official campaign year ends reaching over 158% of our campaign goal.

May 2014 - Our second official campaign year begins.

August 2014 - Provided over 50 children with backpacks filled with school supplies.

March 2015 - Held 2nd Annual 5K, raising $25,000

December 2015 - February 2016 - Swamped with calls from clients needing utility bill assistance.  

April 2016 - 3rd Annual 5K, goal is $30,000!

August 2016 - Grand Opening for our new office at 114 West Lebanon Street in Mount Airy!

Our founder


Many people volunteer for us each year and make the difference in the lives of thousands. Find out how to become our partner.

Everyday in our community, kids go a whole day with only one meal. Parents are forced to choose between paying their light bill or feeding their children, others are at the grocery store trying to decide between laundry detergent or bath soap with no possibility of getting them both. So as a community, we can join together and help those in need. I chose to establish this non-profit organization for just those reasons. Families should not have to live with those conditions. Helping Hands Foundation of Surry County, Inc. is going to help families facing those difficult situations and hopefully get them back on their feet. We will do our best to help all those that we can, moving them in a direction to a better life.


A woman lost her home and everything inside from a house fire. See how we helped her "get back on her feet."

Helping Hands Foundation of Surry County, Inc.

as of 12/31/2015

We have assisted 417 different individuals through our programs and services!