With its contemporary style and touching stories, The TV series Helping Hands has enjoyed a great deal of success over the last year. Each Saturday, viewers all over the D.C. / metro area tune in to watch The Michael & Son Cares Team transform the home of a needy family. Until now, Helping Hands has only aired in the D.C. markets on NBC4, even though some of our more memorable episodes were filmed in Richmond. Each week we receive dozens of emails, phone calls and social media messages from people asking for Helping Hands to be aired in Richmond. In response to the overwhelming demand, Helping Hands will begin to air in Richmond this Sunday (4/7/13) at 12pm!
“Helping Hands has had a tremendous impact on viewers and businesses in the D.C. area” said Basim Mansour, Proud Son & Owner of Michael & Son Services, inc. “After the airing of every show, we receive a large number of calls and emails from business and individuals who want to volunteer their time or make donations. This is precisely the intent of the Cares Program; to inspire others to help” continued Mansour.
The Michael & Son Cares Program has helped dozens of families in D.C., M.D., V.A. and N.C. with essential home repairs they cannot afford. Watch the work and see the touching stories behind the projects by tuning into Helping Hands! Catch all the new episodes of Helping Hands by following the schedule below. You can catch up on episodes you missed by subscribing to our YouTube page. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to the Helping Hands Blog for more information abut the show.
WWBT-NBC12 in Richmond
Sunday 4/7 @ 12pm
Sunday 4/14 @ 12pm
Sunday 4/21 @ 12pm
Sunday 4/28 @ 12pm
Sunday 5/12 @ 12pm
Sunday 5/19 @ 12pm
Recently, the Michael & Son Cares Program, USO and K95 joined forces to help a military family with home repairs and renovations. The recipients had purchased a farm in Southern Virginia with the intention of building a center for at risk inner city teens. Shane Drinkwater, the recipient of the award and active duty serviceman had longed dreamed of building a place where children could come and experience the quite of the country. “This is something my wife and I have wanted to do for a long time; it could not have been possible without the help of Michael & Son Services” said Shane Drinkwater. The project also included other home improvement companies who generously donated their expertise and materials to help with the project. The recipient’s received a new HVAC system, hot water heater, brand new windows and patio that is used as a library.
When Proud Son & Owner of Michael & Son Services, Basim Mansour, set out to create the Cares foundation, he intended it to serve two purposes; to help families in the community who are in need and also to inspire others to do the same. “Helping the Drinkwaters achieve their dream of a building a youth center is exciting for us” said Mansour. “It almost feels as if it’s an extension of what we do with the Cares Program is being left here in Southern Virginia” continued Mansour.
If you or someone you know is currently facing a hardship and is unable to afford home repairs, please contact the Michael & Son Cares Team. Michael & Son Services established their “Cares” charitable campaign in 2010 providing essential home services to local families in need. To date, the program has assisted over 20 families in the area. They are also proud sponsors and supporters of Dreams for kids, Saltwater Soldiers and Susan G. Komen. Michael & Son Services has been serving the greater DC metropolitan area for over 30 years with electrical, plumbing, heating, A/C, construction and handyman services. Our motto has always been, “If you can’t, we can!” Check us out at www.michaelandson.com.
As the job market continues to worsen and the cost of living increases, more and more people are finding themselves in need of assistance. Unfortunately for those in needs, not for profit groups are unable to meet the rising demand and government assistance covers only basic necessities. The situation has left those affected to feel hopeless, helpless and abandoned. Here at Michael & Son, we put hope back into the lives of the families we assist and remind them that people still do care and will help. Most importantly, we make them smile…
Michael & Son Services continues to give back to the community through its “Michael & Son Cares Program”. In the last few months we have received hundred of applications from people all over VA, MD and DC who are in need of assistance with essential home repairs they can not afford. The popularity of the TV show “Helping Hands”, coupled with the harsh economic climate, has applications pouring in every week. While Michael & Son would like to assist each and every family who reaches out to us, we cannot. Instead we can try to influence and inspire other businesses to do the same. At Michael & Son, we believe it is the responsibility of businesses to help people in the community during their time of need. Much like a politician must serve the constituents in his/her community, a business is obligated to do the same for those that keep their doors open.
While nearly all businesses, small and large, make some sort of contributions to charitable organizations, Michael & Son prefers to be more hands on. Being able to meet the families, see their homes and hear their stories makes for a very rewarding experience. The one on one experience of the Cares Program allows us to meet the individual needs of those we assist, something you can’t do by simply handing over a check.
The Cares Program is an extension of the Michael & Son philosophy. Community service is simply part of our culture as a company. While in the early days of Michael & Son there was no Program designated for community service, the company was always willing to lend a Helping Hand. The beginning of the Cares Program may have dated back to the early 1990’s when a young Basim Mansour (Proud Son and Owner of Michael & Son) was on a call to a home with no power. When Basim arrived he found a small, cramped one level home inhabited by young children and the elderly. It was the dead of winter and the family sat huddled around a rickety space heater. One look at the panel box and Basim knew he was dealing with a very involved and costly job. He also knew that the cost would be well beyond the families means. After speaking with the homeowner, Basim’s instincts proved to be accurate. The family would not be able to afford the work, let alone the small, nominal dispatch fee.
Basim knew he could not leave the family without power and heat but he also knew Michael & Son (at the time) was in no position to be working pro bono. Basim decided to seek advice from the one man he could always turn to for advice, his late father, Mike. After explaining the situation to his father, he received the advice that he had been waiting to hear. “There is no question about it, make sure the family has heat and power before you leave tonight. It’s our obligation to give back to the community, where would we be without them?” said Basim’s father. Following the phone call, Basim would proceed to work through the night repairing the family’s electrical problem. “When I flipped the switch and the heat kicked on, the faces of the children lit up with joy and their mother began to cry” said Mansour. “That moment was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life; ever since then I’ve been chasing that feeling”.
At Michael & Son, service goes beyond turning a wrench or snaking a drain. It means being woven into the fabric of the community and making a difference every chance we get. We hope that through the work we do, others will be inspired to reach out to those in need. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please visit our website for more information.
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Helping Hands is a new TV show featuring inspirational stories of community service. You can catch Helping Hands the first Sunday of every month at 12pm on WRC-NBC4 in the Washington DC area! New NBC4 Home Remodeling Series