Hands On Network Blog

Season of Service Kicks Off with Family Volunteer Day

Guest Author: Alison Doerfler, Executive Director of HandsOn Network

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Veterans Day 2015

HandsOn Network Affiliates across the United States commemorated Veteran’s Day by mobilizing thousands of volunteers. Read More >

The Silver Anniversary of Volunteering

Guest Author: Alison Doerfler, Executive Director of HandsOn Network
This past Saturday was the 25th Anniversary of Hands On Atlanta Day. I could think of no better way to honor an important milestone than to serve my community and support one of the founding affiliate members of HandsOn Network. Not only does Hands On Atlanta share an office building with Points of Light, but we share a milestone year. Read More >

Top Five Reasons to Attend Conference (Especially the Pre-Conference Affiliate-Only Sessions)

By: Amy Lytle, Executive Director, HandsOn Northwest North Carolina

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HandsOn Network Pro Tip: Planning Sustainable Service Projects

Trying to plan a service project for a large group of people? It can be tempting to jump at any volunteer opportunity – but Kealie Williams, Vice President of External Relations at Hands On Nashville urges planners to think about a project’s sustainability. Ask yourself, “Who will maintain the volunteer’s work? How will the project contribute long-term to the community?” 

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HandsOn Network Pro Tip: Maximizing Relationships with Small Vendors

It can be so tempting to order in bulk from an online vendor, but Sherry Fazio, former Senior Director of External Affairs at Jersey Cares shares her advice for building long-term relationships with local vendors. Drawing from years of personal experience, Sherry explains how relationships with local businesses and experts can be a win-win for everyone and goes a long way to strengthen a local community.

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9/11 Day of Service 2015

HandsOn Network Affiliates across the United States commemorated the 14th anniversary of 9/11 by mobilizing thousands of volunteers. For many, serving was a way to rekindle the spirit of unity that arose just after 9/11. Below is a snapshot of the inspiring acts of service that took place.

To find a volunteer opportunity near you, visit All For Good or find a local HandsOn Network Affiliate in your area.


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HandsOn Network Pro Tip: Budgeting for Day of Project Costs

Budgeting for large service events can be stressful - especially when last minute expenses pop up. In our latest Pro Tip video, Sara Kreitzer from Volunteer Fairfax share her advice on what percentage of budget to set aside for day of costs.
The HandsOn Network Pro Tip series features Affiliate staff and volunteers from around the globe sharing their expertise and wisdom. Are you a HandsOn Network Affiliate with an idea for a Pro Tip? Read More >

5 Ways To Land Your Dream Job By Embracing Volunteerism

If you want your job to also be your passion or you just haven’t gotten your big break yet, these insights could lead you to exactly what’s been missing in your career search.

By: Ella Fertitta, HandsOn Network Communication Fellow

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A Testament to Resiliency and Tenacity

Q & A with Jen Nash, HandsOn Network's Senior Manager Affiliate Corporate Engagement
Jen Nash joined the HandsOn Network team nine years ago after Hurricane Katrina devastated her home town of New Orleans. In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Jen shares some of her reflections from the last 10 years with us. Read More >