Get HandsOn

HandsOn Network inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. Our network, now the largest in the nation, is leading people from impulse to action, turning their ideas for change into impactful projects, like wheelchair ramp construction, watershed protection projects and tutoring programs. The most powerful projects are those that inspire and activate volunteers to be leaders and problem solvers on their own – creating new opportunities to bring others into service.

HandsOn Network is stepping up to the challenge of empowering citizens to help solve some of the most pressing problems of our generation. Points of Light Institute CEO and HandsOn Network Co-founder Michelle Nunn launched Get HandsOn at the National Conference of Volunteering and Service in June 2009.

Through the campaign, HandsOn Network aims to recruit and mobilize a core of 500,000 volunteer leaders and engage people of all generations in two million impact-driven projects. The goals of the campaign are to reduce the drop-out rate by leveraging the power of service in every school, reduce the carbon footprint though neighborhood-based conservation and restoration projects; and support economic security for families by facilitating access to resources and dollars.

Reduce the dropout rate by leveraging the power of service in every school
What it could look like:

  • The incoming senior class, with a faculty advisor, leads a school make-over “legacy project” engaging parents, surrounding businesses, civic leaders, faith congregations and others in a year-long series of projects to renovate the school.
  • A local business employee organizes 10 of his colleagues to take their lunch break twice a week to tutor students in reading at a nearby elementary school.

Reduce the carbon footprint through neighborhood-based conservation and restoration projects
What it could look like:

  • A neighborhood association organizes a weekend tree planting and park clean-up project for resident families and their friends. The project accomplishes a carbon-offsetting outcome and educates the neighborhood on environmental and energy policy issues.
  • A group of children lead their families in a commitment to spend a month recycling old items stored in the house and make small changes to their lifestyles, like lowering the thermostat and changing lightbulbs. (A whole block or apartment building engaged could save 100 tons of carbon per year.)

Support economic security for families by facilitating access to resources and dollars
What it could look like:

  • A group of retired accountants – sponsored with small transportation stipends by their former “big-firm” employer – partner with the local AARP chapter and other organizations to provide Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax filing assistance to local seniors.
  • A local college organizes a “Flash Mob & Facebook” canned food drive to stock the shelves of a local food pantry over a 48-hour period that delivers $10,000 in food during the winter holiday season.

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