Dated: Sep. 24, 2013
HELPIS, a Burlington-based non-profit, founded to encourage and promote good and charitable deeds by groups and individuals, was honored by the Massachusetts Legislature with an official citation on September 10, 2013.
BOSTON -- HELPIS, a Burlington-based non-profit, founded to encourage and promote good and charitable deeds by groups and individuals and to create the observance of the Help Me Help Someone celebration during the month of May, was honored by the Massachusetts Legislature with an official citation on September 10, 2013, for its “commitment to promoting and encouraging charitable deeds.” Representative Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford, Burlington) spearheaded the effort to get the organization recognized by the legislature. HELPIS members were treated to a tour of the state house and a lunch with Rep. Gordon and other state representatives. President Joyce Deliyiannis and her family, Treasurer Robin Rees Tyrie, Vice President Emily Trask, Committee Member Sophia Skopetos, and other friends of HELPIS, also had the opportunity to meet with Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy), House Majority Leader, to talk about the organization’s goals for the future. “This is the beginning of great things for HELPIS,” said President and Founder Joyce Deliyiannis. “We are honored to receive this citation, which recognizes the work that HELPIS has done and highlights the work we will continue to do going forward. This official acknowledgement brings us one step closer to establishing the month of May as a month celebrating giving and good deeds.”
HELPIS is working to designate May as a month of celebrating the spirit of giving in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to salute the kind and generous acts of giving that have taken place in the state throughout the year, as well as encourage more spontaneous acts of generosity, tolerance, and kindness during this month and throughout the year.
In the short history of the organization, there are already numerous examples of HELPIS giving back to the community:
- Joyce has donated over 3,500 haircuts to customers who are unemployed.
- Testimonials in the journals Joyce has kept over the past four years provide numerous examples of people who have received help from Joyce and HELPIS, in addition to stories about those being motivated to help others in need.
- Donations of books and funds from people in the HELPIS network to schools without funds to purchase these books.
- Donations of gas cards, clothing, and car repairs from the HELPIS network.
- Donation of 40+ tickets to a Boston University concert for a high school class.
- Creation of a Burlington High School Scholarship fund.
- Donation to Teen Light, from Burlington Middle School
- Large donation to the Burlington Food Pantry by an anonymous man from Chicago who saw the Brian William’s NBC News segment about Joyce.
- Another hair stylist in Florida heard about Joyce and started a similar program donating his time to cut hair for the unemployed. Collaboration and support efforts with other nonprofit organizations on various initiatives. They will also be participants in the Month of May celebration.
- In 2012, Joyce was honored by the Boston Celtics’ Heroes Among Us Program
- Work with LITEhouse, Inc.
About HELPIS, Help Me Help Someone. HELPIS is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization built on the goal of creating a community of equals who provide whatever kindnesses they are able tothe people they encounter in an ever-widening network of generosity. HELPIS was founded by Joyce Deliyiannis, who believes that kindness has the power to bring hope to those searching for it and by extension, change lives. During the month of May, HELPIS challenges people to help someone in need without asking for anything in return as a reminder that even simple acts of kindness can heal, uplift, inspire, and improve the lives of others.
Visit http://www.helpis.org for more information.