Road to the Gulf

Overview

Have you ever wanted to be a volunteer leader in order to plan and lead successful service projects in your own community? HandsOn Network is launching a unique program for people across the nation to get service leader training and find simple instructions for volunteer projects that can make a big impact.

Communities need service leadership now more than ever as we continue to face economic uncertainty and rely more on families and neighbors to solve civic issues, provide community support, and respond to disasters. HandsOn Network is committed to leveraging the power of volunteerism to help communities address these issues.

As we take our annual conference from New York in 2010, to New Orleans in 2011, along the “Road to the Gulf,” we are training and activating leaders, building nonprofit capacity and mobilizing volunteers across the country.

At strategic stops along the Road to the Gulf, we are conducting boot camps to train service leaders to organize and manage others, and develop projects that address community-specific needs. Boot camps will teach participants how to organize and manage others, and develop projects that address community-specific needs such as:

  • Job re-training and job search clinics
  • Restoring parks and open spaces
  • Improving literacy in elementary school aged children
  • Assisting small businesses in operations, marketing and finance to improve business sustainability

Attendees will start their day by participating in a service project, then move to a classroom setting to discuss their hands-on experience and learn more about how to manage their own projects.

The “road” is a civic pathway, a mindset towards self sufficiency and sustainable action in communities. Your road could include packing backpacks with books and healthy snacks for elementary school children in hard-hit gulf areas. Or, your civic path might start with service leader training and tools and resources to manage high-impact service projects in your own neighborhood.

Please click on the "Sign Up Here" tab at the top of this page to register your interest in service leader training and to receive more information on the program. The Road to the Gulf program will launch in January 2011 and culminate in New Orleans in June.

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