Our goal at Helping Hearts & Hands is to be available to the people in Gooding County, Idaho, to provide assistance with needs beyond their financial ability. Our primary function since opening our doors on February 28, 2007 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit is as a Food Pantry. We work with local schools to provide food for a weekend backpack program for students who are food insecure, and this program continues year round. We operate a Coats for Kids and Adults program. We have a small budget for assistance. We feel that any person in need of assistance within the County should be able to reach out for help, and we want to be there. We try to have resources available for emergency assistance for basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. Our help is short term, to assist people until they can secure help from other resources or become self-sufficient. Many of the people we assist are employed, but statistics show their income is not enough to meet basic needs.
Did you know… December 9, 2017 Santa is coming to Gooding? I’ve heard it rumored he will be here to kick off the holidays during our Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights: Chili Feed, Christmas Tree Lighting, and Parade of Light!
Magical things happen in Gooding… come see Santa at the Historic Schubert Theater.
The Basque cultural center opened January 18, 2003. They serve dinner the first Friday of every month and invite the public to join them. The Center boasts a nicely appointed 6400 square foot building available to rent for those special occasions. The goals of the Basque Association is to promote the Basque cultural through food, dance, language and a variety of other activities.
The Gooding Basque Association Picnic is held the 3rd Sunday of July at the Gooding County Fairgrounds. Partake in the fine company and delicacies of the Basque. Rich with cultural dancing, weight carrying and lifting contests, categories for men, women, and children.