Working Towards a Brighter Future

We provide disadvantaged members of our community with household items to provide a Hand Up for a better life!

Partner Organizations


How You Can Get Involved

Volunteer Program

Physical work of picking up donations and delivering to those we help.
Organizing and sorting items donated.
Scheduling pickups and deliveries.
Repairing and Refreshing the donated items received.
Recruiting new volunteers.
Managing donation events

Item Donation Program

If you would like to donate furniture, small appliances, linens, dishes, etc. go to our FaceBook page and connect with our team. We respond quickly and set up a time to pick up or be available for drop off. We love to take your excess items and give them to a family in need.

Monetary Donations

Of course, we appreciate monetary gifts. We use all financial donations to fund pick up and delivery, storage (although most space is donated at this time), and new items for the families we serve.

What We Do

A Hand Up Erie (AHU) was conceived in 2016 with the vision of providing necessary household items to our community members in need. Since that day over five years ago, AHU has evidenced its efficacy and ongoing need in the City of Erie and surrounding areas by providing over 3,000 families with over 25,000 donated and delivered household necessities. 

Our Story

Over the past two and a half years, A Hand Up Erie has evidenced its need in our community.  Since its conception in 2016, ten thousand household items have been donated and delivered to over 3,000 families in need by an all-volunteer group of 20 people.  It has become clear that A Hand Up Erie is filling a gap that is much needed in our community and there is evidence that being solely dependent on donated items from the community is not enough to fulfill that gap.

Become a Volunteer Today

Like what we do? Want to make a difference? There are many ways an individual or a group can help. We have immediate openings for: drivers, people to help move furniture and small appliances, communications, schedulers, sponsors, and so much more! Click on the link below to send us a message in FaceBook.


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