Hands On Network Blog

How Does A Garden Grow?

Guest post by Jen Lewellen, Volunteer Leader for HandsOn Suburban Chicago
Mother Nature delivered the perfect day for the HandsOn Suburban Chicago’s (HOSC) Volunteer Corps Kickoff Event. Read More >

Ten Creative Ways to Thank Classroom Volunteers

Summer is almost here! As the school year winds down, we wanted to share some fun ways to thank school (and after-school) volunteers. Of course, we turned to Pinterest for a little pinspiration. Here are 10 creative ideas we found. Share your ideas on our Facebook and Twitter and we may add to the list.

1. Give them a hand via Family Fun Go

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Nominate Your Favorite Volunteer for a Chance to Win a Cruise!

Do you know of an outstanding volunteer? Nominate him or her for the Cabot Community Celebrity Award.

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National Volunteer Week 2015 Roundup

HandsOn Affiliates around the country celebrated National Volunteer Week with volunteer recognition celebrations, service projects and social media campaigns.

Here is a storify roundup of their activities. Also, follow the hashtags #nvw2015 and #NationalVolunteerWeek on Twitter and Facebook. 

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HandsOn Network Pro Tip: 3 Tips to Getting Your Mayor’s Attention

Your mayor can be a powerful champion for your organization and volunteering - if you can get their attention. In her 30+ year career, Karen Dalaney, the Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has worked with lots of mayor's offices. In her Pro Tip video, Karen offers three tips to getting your mayor's attention.
The HandsOn Network Pro Tip series features Affiliate staff and volunteers from around the globe sharing their expertise and wisdom. Read More >

Service Songs

Did Your Favorite Make the Cut?
What's better than spending a day volunteering with friends? A day volunteering with friends listening to a great soundtrack! We couldn't find any great volunteering soundtracks online so we put out a call on our Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #servicesongs. We compiled all the suggestions into a playlist below. Don't see your favorite? Read More >

Celebrate National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

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Elizabeth Grier-Menager 'Wraps Up' London

The world celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, but at HandsOn Network, we know that inspirational women deserve the spotlight every day. Read More >

Students Lead Volunteer Projects with HandsOn Central Texas

This story orginally appeared on United Way for Greater Austin's website. View the orginal story here.
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Volunteers Lead the Way to Energy Savings for Low Income Families

As cold temperatures continue to break records, people around the country are adding layers and turning up their heat – if they can afford it. Extreme weather places an extra strain on low income families whose budgets don’t have room for higher utility bills. Read More >