The National Programs of HandsOn Network

Putting people at the center of change, our national programs are models of service designed to inspire, equip and engage individuals to take action.

Kids Care Clubs

Kids Care Clubs, a program of HandsOn Network, helps elementary and middle school children develop an interest in service and volunteerism and the concept of social responsibility. It is also designed to inspire them to get involved in their communities at a young age. Clubs, led by an adult leader, are formed in schools, faith-based organizations, HandsOn Action Centers and community-based organizations. Today there are more than 1,500 registered clubs in the United States and countries including Australia, Canada, China, and Nepal.

The program equips parents, teachers and youth leaders with tools and resources to implement meaningful, hands-on service projects. Projects focused on a variety of community issues and events such as such as hunger, literacy and the environment are posted on the website and available for easy implementation. Each project comes complete with step-by-step leader instructions, compassion and issues education materials, meeting activities and additional resources and information for club activities.

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AmeriCorps Alums

AmeriCorps Alums is a national network of civic leaders who are actively engaged in shaping their communities. Bound together by a commitment to service, AmeriCorps alumni are a transformative power to create a better world for all. The mission of AmeriCorps Alums is to connect, support and mobilize AmeriCorps alums in order to strengthen our communities and our nation.

AmeriCorps Alums represents the 500,000 alumni of AmeriCorps National Service, who together constitute a powerful force for change in this country. AmeriCorps Alums helps alumni continue to “get things done” by connecting alumni, advancing the commitment to service, supporting and advocating for AmeriCorps programs and building the capacity of alumni to be agents of change in their communities.

AmeriCorps Alums has an interactive online community that provides a wide range of member benefits and services. Currently this dynamic group of people who are committed to a lifetime of service participate also have access to a network of 200 alumni chapters across the country.

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Hands On Schools

Founded on the belief that communities can make a positive change, Hands On Schools applies an innovative approach to school revitalization. By uniting the collective resources of parents, communities, and corporations, Hands On Schools aims to re-establish schools as the focal point of the community. Research indicates that schools with broad-based community involvement provide more dynamic learning experiences, resulting in higher student achievement. Hands On Schools seeks to cultivate community, school, and civic collaboration to transform schools into dynamic learning centers that foster student achievement and community engagement.

The three essential elements of Hands On Schools projects are:

  • School Renovation/Revitalization: Significantly improve the learning and teaching environments of school communities around the country.
  • Youth Leadership: Engage students as civic partners in their own success. Research shows that students achieve at higher levels when they have the opportunity to practice leadership skills and engage in a meaningful way in their community.
  • Community Engagement: Increase the number of parents, businesses, and community residents actively involved in the lives of the students.

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