Englewood Helping Hand director resigns

ENGLEWOOD — Victoria ‘Vicki’ Rice resigned from the position of executive director of Englewood Helping Hand Tuesday after serving in that job for more than five years.

‘It’s been a difficult decision,’ Rice said. ‘I really loved my work at Helping Hand. I will miss my commitment I have made to help the needy in this community, but I will help in other ways.’

Helping Hand provides services for the needy such as rent, utility payments and food.

Sue Kekel, who attends Englewood United Methodist Church where Rice also attends, said, ‘She’s a dynamic person who’s done a tremendous amount for the community. She’s going to be sorely missed. Englewood Helping Hand has lost an amazing advocate.’

Jenny Anderson, president of Englewood Helping Hand, said Rice was a great asset, and she liked working with Rice.

Rice’s job was a salaried position.

‘We really took our pride in giving a client a hand up, not a handout,’ Rice said. ‘We really used a lot of verification to make sure there was a crisis, and to make sure there was a need.’

Rice said her reason for resigning stems from the lack of communication between her and the Helping Hand board. As a result, she felt she needed to step down.

‘I’ve always been committed to my family,’ Rice said. ‘My God, my family and Helping Hand. Now I will be able to take care of my family and be more committed to my choices and what I will be doing with my commitment to the Lord.’

Englewood Helping Hand is located at 700 E. Dearborn St., on the grounds of Englewood United Methodist Church. For more information, call 941-474-5864.

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Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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