Hands On Network Blog

Lessons in Mold Removal and Community Needs

By: Bob Young, the Associate Director of Hands On Charlotte
Before Hurricane Katrina I had never been involved in disaster recovery, but I had seen the impact of everyday volunteering through my work with Hands On Charlotte. After Hurricane Katrina hit I felt compelled to do something. Read More >

A Career Born out of Disaster

Guest Author: Sara Hamilton, Director of Programs at Boston Cares, a HandsOn Network Affiliate 
In August 2005, I sat in my Chicago apartment and watched Hurricane Katrina devastate the Gulf Coast. I had participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans as a college student and had fallen in love with the city. Read More >

Five Ways to Give Back While on Vacation

By: Ella Fertitta, HandsOn Network Communication Fellow
Ever wonder how you can plan a more meaningful vacation for you and your friends or family?
Sometimes you may feel like you have to chose: a vacation or community service. We've got you covered on how to do both! Follow the tips on the infographic below and visit the web pages provided for more information. Read More >

HandsOn Network Pro Tip: Working With Active Duty Military and Veterans

Planning a service project involving veterans or active duty military? Michelle Dee, the Senior Director of External Affairs at Jersey Cares draws on her personal experience as a veteran to share two great pieces of advice. First, if you want to reach out to active duty military, be sure to contact the right people at the military installation. Read More >

HandsOn Network Pro Tip: Why Introductions Matter at Volunteer Events

When volunteers show up to a service project they are excited and ready to jump right in – but Boston Cares' Kacey Sanfilippo shares her insight into why it’s important to set aside time at the beginning for introductions and orientation. To learn more about Boston Cares click here.
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 >

A Blueprint for Leadership

“Are you ready to take your volunteering experience to a new level?”
HandsOn Jacksonville poses this question every year to its Blueprint for Leadership cohort. Blueprint for Leadership is a six-month program that trains and equips community leaders to serve on nonprofit boards. Read More >

HandsOn Network Pro Tip: Color Coding Your Way to an Organized Volunteer Project

Large volunteer events can get hectic with multiple projects, different locations and various levels of volunteer experience. Jessica Warren, the Corporate Services and Event Coordinator at Volunteer Fairfax, shares how to use color coding to help everything (and everyone) stay organized. To learn more about Volunteer Fairfax click here.

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2015 European Affiliate Gathering

As a international network with over 250 Affiliates spread across the globe, it can be a challenge to stay connected. Which is why it was so exciting that earlier this month we hosted the 4th annual European Affiliate Gathering. On July 8 – 9, 29 representatives from 20 HandsOn Network European and Asian Affiliates got together in Madrid to participate in a mini-accelerator event. 

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National Craft For Your Local Shelter Day!

By: Ella Fertitta, HandsOn Network Communication Fellow
July 21st is National Craft For Your Local Shelter Day!
National Craft For Your Local Shelter Day was created in 2012 as a way for communities to recognize and act on their ability to make a difference in the lives of animals without homes, toys, or families of their own.  It may seem like only the creative-type can participate in this holiday, but don’t fret. Read More >

Summers with a Purpose – Tips for Attracting Youth Volunteers

Guest Author: Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator
Now that summer break has started, our children have more time to play, go camping and attend summer camps. But what about giving back to their community? Volunteering is a great activity for children and teens over the summer, and it can benefit them just as much as it benefits others. Read More >