Action Center Spotlight: HandsOn Suncoast

Who We Are

HandsOn Suncoast is the volunteer platform of United Way Suncoast and an affiliate of the HandsOn Network. Our virtual volunteer center serves DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Driven by United Way HandsOn Suncoast, we collaborate with a network of United Way affiliates and local partners to provide volunteers and resources to the community.


United Way HandsOn Suncoast Team:
Staff: Philip Harris, Sue Franzen, Nicholas Castro, Sandra Serrano
Interns: Stephanie Woods & Ravi Goldberg

Our Mission

United Way HandsOn Suncoast unites volunteers with fun, flexible service projects that help build a strong, caring community.

Our Purpose

To unite and motivate people into active volunteer service that impacts community needs through a variety of short-term, hands-on projects and also offers long-term volunteering opportunities.

Our Goals

  • To promote and expand short-term projects and long-term volunteering opportunities in our community.
  • To provide a central resource center for information and referrals to volunteering opportunities.
  • To identify critical community needs through meaningful volunteering service projects and to mobilize volunteers in response to those needs.

Volunteer with Us

United Way HandsOn Suncoast connects volunteers to service activities that build strong, caring communities in the Suncoast area. First time volunteers and individuals who want HandsOn experience can come to one of our Volunteer Orientations, which are held throughout the month in various locations. We can assist with sign-ups for service projects and provide tips that will turn you into a great United Way HandsOn Suncoast volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities vary from assisting and playing with children to cooking and serving hot meals to those in need, or even hosting a casino night for injured veterans. Options are almost endless. Find one that’s right for you on our volunteer site at or call us at (813) 274-0900.

Project Calendar

United Way HandsOn Suncoast connects volunteers to opportunities throughout Hillsborough, and Pinellas counties. United Way focuses on four strategic areas: Education, Income, Safety Net Services and Neighborhoods. Our projects are driven by these focus areas and community need. They range from tutoring and mentoring, tax return assistance and disaster relief support to revitalizing various parks and community development centers.

Corporate & Group Volunteering

Through United Way HandsOn Suncoast facilitates volunteerism in service projects throughout the Suncoast area. In partnership with HandsOn, individuals, groups and corporations can participate in customized service projects that greatly impact the community.

(WellCare Associates 9/11 Day of Service 2013)

(Publix Associates Day of Caring 2012)


Annual Service Days

Every year, United Way HandsOn Suncoast hosts Day of Caring, which is a large scale one-day event engaging more than 2,000 volunteers at over 100 sites across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, and DeSoto counties. United Way HandsOn Suncoast also organizes projects on MLK Day and 911 Service. United Way HandsOn Suncoast service days are dedicated to building a strong caring community.


Let’s Connect!

If you are interested in joining us for a New Volunteer Orientation or have questions, we would love to speak with you. Please find us on Facebook:, follow us on Twitter @HandsOnSuncoast, call our Tampa Area Office at (813) 274-0900 or visit our website