Action Centers (Affiliates)

HandsOn Network has a dynamic, linked network of 370 civic hubs, located in the heart of communities all across America and in 12 international locations. These Action Centers, often called Volunteer Centers or Hands On Affiliates, inspire, mobilize and equip thousands of people every day to volunteer, get involved and take action that helps solve some of our nations’ most critical problems. From environmental stewardship, to education and poverty, these Centers have their pulse on the needs in local communities--and the solutions. Collectively, they mobilize millions of volunteers and partner with over 12,000 nonprofits, schools and community organizations every year.

See our featured affiliates below and click here to find the Action Center near you.

Jersey Cares

Jersey Cares engages thousands of local citizens in addressing the needs of their communities. The organization has a significant service footprint in the Garden State and has a concentrated presence in Newark, New Jersey one of the nations’ most underserved and economically challenged areas. Volunteers serve their community through ongoing Jersey Cares-managed opportunities and projects that include comforting medically fragile infants, male mentoring, tutoring programs, playing poker with seniors, planting in urban parks, and distributing food on mobile canteens.

Their innovative programs include the Jersey Cares Coat Drive, which last year collected and distributed more than 30,000 coats; a First Night Kit Program that provides personal items for clients on the first night of their shelter stay; and their Singles Volunteer Program, which has grown to be our most sought-after initiative. Their Corporate Service Program, which grew by 600% in 2007, has engaged volunteers in rock climbing wall installation projects, bicycle building sessions, financial literacy and job readiness workshops, beach clean-ups and school makeovers.

For more information:
Jersey Cares
494 Broad Street
Suite 104
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-424-1091
Fax: 973-424-1254
Brian E. Dean, Executive Director

The Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio

The Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio is the conduit for bringing people and assets together to meet the challenges facing their communities. By providing valuable resources to those in need, the Volunteer Connection plays a vital role in solving many community concerns. Initially housed on the campus of Defiance College, Volunteer Connection now has a number of pioneering programs that have made a positive impact to each life they’ve touched. These programs include Healing Hearts, which is a support group for parents who have lost a child and Hunger Awareness Day a community food drive that supplies tons of items to local food pantries each year.

More recently the Volunteer Connection worked with government and non-profit agencies to provide relief to victims of the devastating floods. They personally assisted an 84-year old woman by bringing together her family and volunteers to gut, clean and rebuild her house in four months and she was able to return home on Christmas Eve, complete with a new, beautifully decorated Christmas Tree. The Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio is an on the ground, first-responder organization that remains prepared to assist the community it serves.

For more information:
The Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio
511 Perry Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Phone: 419-782-3212
Fax: 419-782-2174

Make A Difference

For the last 15 years, Make A Difference volunteers have been revitalizing neighborhoods, providing meals to the homeless, supporting seniors, and creating great community partnerships. They engage more than 14,000 people annually, host between 40-50 volunteer projects each month and contribute more than 50,000 hours of service to the community every year.

Make A Difference has incredible mentoring and tutoring programs which include Bookworm Buddies, an initiative that brings caring adults into Central Phoenix classrooms to work in collaboration with teachers in helping fourth graders with reading and writing skills. Additionally, in partnership with the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona, they have been designated as the lead volunteer coordinating agency by the Arizona Department of Emergency Management.

Make A Difference presents several large-scale service events throughout the year including a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration-a week of service projects and issues education sessions to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. They also manage Serve-a-thon for Schools which provides an opportunity for 3,000 volunteers to donate one day of their lives to make the Valley’s schools a better place to live.

For more information:
Make A Difference
5151 North 19th Avenue
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Phone: 602-973-2212
Fax: 602-973-9233
Rhonda Oliver, President & CEO