Archive for May, 2012

Summertime Service Opportunities Across the Land!

Posted on May 31, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The summer is a wonderful time to volunteer!  There are lots of great events benefiting awesome organizations.  The sun is out and the winter gloom is far away.  However, volunteering trends in the summer often go down.  Let’s change that this year!  There are so many amazing opportunities available; it will be difficult to stay away!

A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village has a wide variety of great opportunities available.  Spend your summer with the smiling faces of youth as a camp counselor.  Volunteers need to be at least 15.  Camp runs July 9-August 17.  Looking for something with a little less commitment?  Make newspaper hats and lead youth at the communal art walk at their booth at the Salem Art Fair July 20-22. 

Do you have a green thumb?  Help out in the local community garden.  Many are looking for those willing to help maintain the summer crops and water daily. 

Do you like movies?  How about parks?  Why not put the two together?  Help the City of Salem and area neighborhood associations host Movies in the Park.  Volunteers are needed to hand out information and perform other tasks before the movies. 

Summer is also the season for 5K run/walk fundraisers.  Help great local non-profits make a little extra money by participating or volunteering in their summer fundraisers.  HandsOn’s own Superhero Dash is June 9th.  Liberty House will host its annual Fun Run on July 28th and Mid Valley Mentors has a run on September 22nd.  None of these events can happen without volunteers!

There are so many wonderful ways to give back this summer.  Combine your own interests with a good cause and everyone wins!

Check out these and other wonderful summertime opportunities at

Melissa Gibler is the program manager for HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or

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Summer is here! Volunteer at a Museum!

Posted on May 30, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

From the HandsOn Network Blog

Now that Memorial Day has marked the beginning of the summer, get out and volunteer at a Museum! Volunteering at a museum can be quite rewarding. Whether it’s the tourists, employees, or fellow volunteers, you’re able to interact with people who are all interested in the similar thing. In society, museums play the role of collecting and caring for objects of scientific, artistic or historical importance and making them available to the public. With more than 17,500 museums in the United States, there’s bound to be one that serves your interests.

1. If you’re interested in finding out more about your own heritage, you may consider volunteering somewhere like the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago, Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena or the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle.

There are also museums dedicated to specific artists, such as the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts or the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. And if you’re a little bit country, or a little bit rock ‘n roll, don’t forget the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee or the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

2. When it comes to finding a job, it’s all about who you know and what you can do. And a museum can be the perfect training ground for launching your career.

Working at a museum can help sharpen professional skills like working with the public, organizing programs, raising

money and working with computers. It can also beef up your resume and help facilitate a move from one industry to another — such as a banker who transitions into becoming a history teacher by volunteering at a historical museum.

3. Job searching aside, studies have shown that volunteering leads to greater life satisfaction, lower rates of depression and better mental and physical health, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service.

It’s not just about getting out of the house and finding something to do. Volunteering at a museum expands your network and puts you in contact with patrons, fellow volunteers and museum administrators. If you’re looking for regular employment beyond your volunteer work, this could lead you to the next big thing.

Check out these great summer opportunities with our local children’s museum, A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Act Now!

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Powered by Rural, A New and Exciting HandsOn Partnership!

Posted on May 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Oregon and specifically the Mid-Willamette Valley is known for its rural areas.  Those areas are wonderful local tourist destinations that offer charm and a connection back to nature.  Rural communities are also very unique places to live and those in rural areas have the power to solve local issues and give a voice to the small but mighty areas they call home.  

HandsOn is teaming up with Rural Development Initiatives to help rural communities come together to highlight rural issues, identify real solutions and share resources. 

How can you get involved?

Well we are glad you asked!  Join us in July for Powered by Rural Service Month.  Throughout the month of July individuals, organizations and communities across the state will set aside a day, week or even the entire month to promote community service projects in their local community.  The Mid-Willamette Valley will be no different.  Bring your family, friends and coworkers out for a great day for a great cause!  We can better our community together. 

More information will be available soon on the HandsOn website.  In the mean time, check out for more details. 

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Sign Up Now for the HandsOn Superhero Dash!

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Look! At Riverfront Park!  Is it a bird or a plane?  Nope it’s a superhero volunteer helping out at HandsOn’s first ever Superhero Dash.  This family fun race will be run (or flown with capes!) in Riverfront (start and finish) and Wallace Marine parks in downtown Salem on Saturday, June 9th.  This fun and family-friendly event will benefit HandsOn programs that support over 200 organizations across the Mid-Willamette Valley.  The course will include concrete and wood chip trails so be prepared to take your powers over varied terrain! This event has fun for everyone including costume contests (best dressed humans, dog and stroller will win!), prizes for the fastest superheroes and a 1K run for kids 10 years and younger.

On top of promoting the great spirit of volunteerism throughout the community, HandsOn is also dedicated to helping folks find great family-friendly local activities that support local businesses and organizations.  That is why our prizes will always be from local vendors and our event great for the whole family. 

Is running the race a little like kryptonite to you?  No problem!  We are also looking for volunteers to help out throughout the event.  Needs include course monitors to direct runners, check-in volunteers to give out goodie bags and helpers at the refreshment table.  The day should prove to be something from the planets that brought us Superman, Wonder Woman and Underdog.    All volunteers will receive a t-shirt and are encouraged to bring their own superhero cape for the occasion. 

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 9th, 8:00-11:30.   Please sign up to volunteer at  Runners are encouraged to preregister at or at Gallagher Fitness Resources (135 Commercial St) in downtown Salem.  Grab your running shoes and your cape!  We will see you there!  

Melissa Gibler is the program manager for HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley—a program of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. She can be reached at (877) 372-4141, or


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Woof! Meow! We Need Animal Volunteers

Posted on May 7, 2012. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

From the HandsOn Network Blog

Woof woof, we’re excited! Why? May 6-12 is National Pet Week. For us animal lovers, this week is dedicated to celebrating our four-legged friends and veterinarians for the joy they provide for us daily!

Celebrate your favorite animals by volunteering for them! Whether you have a pet or not, this is an excellent way to get out and provide happiness to animals in need.

  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter: 5 to 7 million companion animals enter shelters every year. These shelters constantly need volunteer support to care for their current residents. If you cannot adopt an animal, volunteer at a shelter for a couple hours. It will not only make you feel happy, but it will spread happiness to these animals that need companionship! The Humane Society and ASPCA are great places to start your search.  Click here to see opportunities with Willamette Humane Society.
  • Volunteer at the zoo: Zoos accept all types of volunteers from adults to youth; the zoo is a great place to volunteer with animals! Zoos have many different volunteer opportunities. Contact one today to find out their current needs and opportunities.
  • Train a service/ seeing eye dog: Many nonprofit organizations deal directly with training canine assistants. Find one in your area today to see how you can get started. You will not only feel rewarded for the service, but you will provide a wonderful service to someone in need!
  • Make collars: Many pets in shelters do not have collars. Get your kids involved in volunteering by helping them design and make collars for your local shelter dogs.  Also check out HandsOn Mid-Willamette Valley’s Service to Go page for directions on how to make your own cat toys for Willamette Humane Society and Salem Friends of Felines.
  • Donate animal food: Many shelters are short on dog and cat food and would greatly benefit from your donation. Next time you are at the store, buy an extra bag of food for your local shelter.
  • Hold a fundraiser: Know an animal nonprofit that could use some extra funding? Hold a fundraiser with your community. Guests can make monetary donations, toy donations, or food donations.
  • Volunteer your animal: Train your animal to be a member of a dog therapy program. Research shows that interaction with an animal can greatly improve the spirits of resident hospital patients.
  • Volunteer with horses: Does your community have an equestrian therapy program? Horses have been proven to be very helpful to children and adults with learning disabilities. Find a ranch that supports this type of work and volunteer with them.  The Mid-Willamette Valley has a program like this!  Check out opportunities with the Adaptive Riding Institute.
  • Help the rainforest: Foster a wild animal. Rainforest devastation and changing climates are greatly affecting our wildlife. You can help save an animal habitat by teaming up with organizations such as World Land Trust, World Vision, or Rainforest Alliance.
  • Clean up: Your litter affects our ecosystem including your community’s wildlife. Stop littering! Trash pollutes oceans and kills vital plants causing animals to be unable to eat and live in unsafe environments. Volunteer to clean up your local parks, highways, forests, or bodies of water. Every little thing counts!
  • Get your pet spayed or neutered: This step is vital. As mentioned earlier, many animals go to shelters because they are overpopulated. End the cycle by fixing your animal.
  • Put a tag on your furry friend: By giving your animal an identification tag, he or she will be less likely to get lost or end up in a shelter.

By volunteering with animals you are working to greatly improve the well-being of your community! Animals are a vital part of the ,ecosystem; they must be protected and cared for. Celebrate animals this week and year round by volunteering in your community



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