Hands On Network Blog

Starbucks Sees Overwhelming Response to "I'm In!" Campaign

At the beginning of the year, Starbucks mobilized Americans to pledge five hours of community service in their neighborhoods by volunteering with HandsOn Network and our 250 HandsOn Action Centers through the “I’m IN!” campaign.

The response was overwhelming - amazing volunteers collectively pledged more than 1.25 million hours!

Continue the spirit of service and Get HandsOn! today in your community. Find a HandsOn Action Center near you to volunteer.

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HandsOn Atlanta, PGA TOUR, The Coca-Cola Company & the East Lake Neighbors Community Association Commemorate Sept. 11

More than 135 volunteers commemorated the First National Day of Service and Remembrance by revitalizing East Lake Park in Atlanta on September 12.

The service project was a combined effort of The TOUR Championship presented by The Coca-Cola Company, HandsOn Atlanta and the East Lake Neighbors Association, stemming from the unique partnership between PGA TOUR and HandsOn Network. The diverse group of volunteers included representatives from each of those entities, plus youth, thanks to golf-affiliated youth organization First Tee.

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American Express and HandsOn Network Team up for "Travel with Your Mind"

On September 11, HandsOn Network and American Express will launch a year-long “Travel with Your Mind” HandsOn Schools program, beginning with a project in Detroit. Travel with Your Mind aims to expose students to the possibilities travel creates through a series of travel-related projects and multicultural initiatives in four cities important to the American Express and Delta/Northwest business partnership.

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HandsOn Network Supports Cities of Service

On September 10, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and other leading mayors launched Cities of Service, a bi-partisan coalition of large and small city mayors from across the country who will work to engage millions more Americans in a new era of service.

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National Day of Service and Remembrance

HandsOn Network is opening its doors on September 11, inviting you in to find service opportunities that are both enjoyable for you and beneficial for your community. In addition to introducing the world to service pathways through open house events, HandsOn Action Centers will lead high-impact volunteer projects to commemorate the day:

Some project highlights include:

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Rebuilding New Orleans: Four Years Later

On Monday, August 29, 2005, Katrina—one of the deadliest storms in the history of the United States—tore through the Gulf Coast and wrecked lives, homes, schools, businesses and more. Four years later, New Orleans businesses and residents alike are still tackling rebuilding and renovation projects. Ms. Kern, a New Orleans homeowner in her 80’s, is one of those residents.
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MLK Mobilization: Grants Available Now

MLK Day 2010 will be here before we know it, and HandsOn Network wants to help you plan and acquire the resources you need to make an impact in your community this January.

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Boston Cares Help Feed 725 Patients Daily

Community Servings is dedicated to providing free home-delivered meals throughout eastern Massachusetts to people homebound with HIV/AIDS and other acute life-threatening illnesses. The organization prepares and packages 725 meals every day, providing clients who are unable to shop or prepare food for themselves with two daily meals and 2,700 calories daily.

Every month, 850 volunteers are needed to prepare, package and deliver 30,000 meals to Community Servings’ 725 clients.
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Increasing Capacity for Skills-Based Volunteers

Displaced workers, retirees and the currently unemployed are responding to the President’s call to service in large numbers. As Julie Bosman of the New York Times mentioned in her article* “From Ranks of Jobless, a Flood of Volunteers,” “Many who run nonprofits have marveled at the sudden flood of bankers, advertising copywriters, marketing managers, accountants and other professionals eager to lend their formidable but dormant skills.”

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Coming Soon to HandsOn Network: Singapore Cares

HandsOn Network is looking forward to bringing on Singapore Cares as a new international affiliate! Singapore Cares (SG Cares) is a product of National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) Singapore. This organization has begun to provide managed volunteer projects to eager volunteers and has drawn the attention of media within Singapore. SG Cares currently works with more than 30 non-profit organizations to provide volunteer opportunities in fields ranging from the environment to the arts. Singapore Cares promises to provide something for everyone.

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