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May 18, 2022
 
Ginny’s Helping Hand Appoints Brandon Robbins as Exec. Dir.
Brandon Robbins
Brandon Robbins

April 16, 2022 — Ginny’s Helping Hand, a nonprofit social service agency in Leominster, this week announced that Brandon Robbins was appointed executive director, succeeding Sue Chalifoux Zephir, who led the organization for nine years until she stepped down to assume a senior adviser role.

“Ginny’s is very important to us and we are confident that Brandon will build on the work we have done these past several years and continue to grow Ginny’s ever important mission of helping those in need”, said Chalifoux Zephir.

Robbins, who two years ago served as a manager at Ginny’s Helping Hand, told the Sentinel & Enterprise, ““Working at Ginny’s taught me about the firsthand impact nonprofit agencies have on the communities they cover.

“Over 50 years ago, Ginny White saw a need in Leominster and the surrounding region and started Ginny’s Helping Hand. Since then, Ginny’s has become one of the only food pantries in our region to be open full time, 40 hours a week, ensuring that clients have the flexibility to take advantage of our services when they need them most. Ginny’s provides critical support to those in need in our region.”

After his earlier role at Ginny’s, Robbins first served as campaign manager for Michael Kushmerek, helping elect him to the state legislature as a representative and then subsequently was a legislative aide to Kushmerek.

Robbins told the Sentinel & Enterprise that he intends to expand Ginny’s role “to ensure that our organization continues to grow the support that we are able to provide and to ensure that no individual or family goes hungry in the North Central Massachusetts region.”

Robbins earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration degree in nonprofit management, both from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Ginny’s Helping Hand was founded by Ginny White in 1978, opening its food pantry two years later. Chalifoux Zephir and her husband Ed Zephir took over the operation after White retired in 2013.

Today, the nonprofit partners with other local organizations, including the Worcester County Food Bank, Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, and the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, to provide temporary shelter, with the goal of setting up permanent housing situations, as well as fuel assistance, furniture, clothing, and other necessities to those in need.

For the year ending March 31, 2020, Ginny’s Helping Hand reported $160,000 in revenue, nearly of which came from contributions and grants, and $163,000 in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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