Hands On Network Blog

Get HandsOn! and Get A Day with the Mouse

In 2010, HandsOn Network and Disney Parks want to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service through the Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. program that celebrates good works by giving each qualified volunteer a free one-day admission pass to a theme park at Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World® Resort, free.
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Make the Holidays Matter

This December, we challenge you to reach outside of your normal commemoration of the holidays and incorporate some of these acts of kindness to create new traditions for yourself and your family. If it is difficult for you to find time to participate in a scheduled service project with an organization, consider completing one of these activities to make the holidays a little bit brighter for someone less fortunate. These actions can also set a great example for youth in your life, opening their minds to the joy of giving to others through service.
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Share Your Best Practices in New York

Are you an expert on something specific in the service sector? Maybe you engage skills-based volunteers effectively or have utilized Twitter in an amazing way to raise awareness for your organization. If this is you, then you should consider sharing your best practices with others in your field at the world's largest gathering of volunteer leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors!
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Youth HandsOn Network Family Fun'raiser

Youth HandsOn Network/Children for Children hosted its fourth annual Grow Involved for the Holidays Family Fun'raiser for Family Volunteer Day on Sunday, November 22. More than 200 families from across New York City came together for a day of hands-on volunteering and free award-winning barbecue from Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard restaurant.
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HandsOn Network Commemorates 10th Family Volunteer Day

HandsOn Action Centers and nonprofit partners kicked off the holiday season with giving and service as they commemorated Family Volunteer Day on Saturday.

Disney Parks sponsored the tenth annual Family Volunteer Day, which is held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Highlights from this signature day of service around the network:
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Hands on the Holidays

Hands On Greenville has conducted Hands on the Holidays, a Christmas gift drive for foster children in the community, for the past eight years.

Hands On Greenville works closely with the Department of Social Service of Greenville County to collect "wish lists" from each child in the fall. The children ask for clothing items, electronic items, school supplies and one special gift.
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My Year As an AmeriCorps VISTA

Wille Mae Bolden is nine months into her year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Atlanta office of the HandsOn Network and Points of Light Institute office. She has reflected upon what she has learned, gained and the contributions she has made.
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Start a new tradition with Family Volunteer Day

As part of the increasing trend of families volunteering together, HandsOn Network is celebrating our tenth annual Family Volunteer Day, sponsored by Disney Parks, on November 21. Commemorated annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Family Volunteer Day kicks off the holiday season with giving and service.
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Morning Joe Makes An Impact

Starbucks, MSNBC's Morning Joe and HandsOn Network are joining forces to support Brewing Together Day of Service, a community involvement call-to-action. Together, we're encouraging people to take an active role in improving their communities through service on Saturday, November 21.
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Hands On Manila Servathon 2009

Hands On Manila's annual servathon was an incredible, high-impact event that engaged thousands of volunteers in service that benefitted victims of the recent Typhoon Ketsana and floods.

Projects included refurbishing schools damaged by flooding, painting murals in day care centers and hospital rooms, planting urban vegetable gardens and assisting with resume writing and mock job interviews for migrant youth, just to name a few of the significant activities volunteers accomplished.
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