Archive for February, 2013

Party Like a Volunteer

Posted on February 25, 2013. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners |

HandsOn’s annual volunteer recognition event is going on the road this year!  Instead of hosting a stationary event, we will take the Hard Hat Awards to the volunteers where they work, play or volunteer.

Nominate your amazing volunteer(s) for one of the following categories:

  1. The Crew Volunteer Group of the Year Award: A group of volunteers who continually do good together, volunteering on a regular basis with determination and zeal to make the world a happier place.
  2. The Ben Stone Volunteer of the Year Award: An individual volunteer who is a regular at your events and one-time projects, diligently helping wherever the need is greatest with a smile.
  3. The Do-Gooder Award: An individual volunteer that goes above and beyond the call of duty, increasing the capacity of the organization by leaps and bounds.

Send nominations to Melissa no later than March 29th.  You are highly encouraged to submit multiple nominations.  Please include the following information:

  1. The Volunteer’s Name or Name of the Group
  2. The Award Category of your choice
  3. In 200 words or less please describe how your nominee(s) has gone above and beyond the call of duty in your organization and made life at your organization a little brighter.

If your nominee is selected, we will contact you to discuss the best place and time during National Volunteer Week to recognize the winner.

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Do You Know Youth Service America?

Posted on February 13, 2013. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners |

Youth Service America is an organization dedicated to improving communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles.  They support large events like Global Youth Services Day and provide over $1 million in grants to youth, schools, and organizations that support youth-led projects.  The grants they offer are available throughout the year so check them out!  You might get the resources you need to start a movement in your community!

Are you a HandsOn partner?  Contact Melissa before you apply for a YSA grant.  If you use our partner code when applying you will receive priority over other applications.

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Millennials Civic Health Index

Posted on February 13, 2013. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners |

The Millennials Civic Health Index, released this week by four of the top civic organizations in the country, paints a comprehensive picture of young Americans 18 to 29.  The study challenges commonly held beliefs about a generation of young Americans whose votes played a critical role in November’s presidential election. The report highlights the diverse ways in which Millennials are taking action in their communities beyond the voting booth, online and offline, across different regions of the United States. More information about the study – with numerous additional findings such as the civic consequences of education; ways, types and rates of civic engagement; beliefs and opinions about pressing issues and elected leaders – can be found at:

This post was originally posted by Youth Service America

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Join Us! RSVP Today for the MVVMA Social

Posted on February 11, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |





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Global Youth Services Day 2013

Posted on February 10, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Global Youth Services Day is April 26-28th.  HandsOn has teamed up with Youth Service America to engage over 600 youth in service during the week of April 22nd.  Would you like to host a volunteer group?  We want to hear from you!  Youth Service America awarded HandsOn a small grant to fund project supplies and transportation for participating youth.  A limited number of youth will get to go on a field trip to a service project.  Many more will complete projects in their classrooms.  Do you have a portable service project?  We are willing to take that project to a participating school and lead the project for you! 


Email Melissa to submit a project.

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Nominate an Outstanding Youth Volunteer for the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award

Posted on February 1, 2013. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! |

The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers who show that you are never too young to make a difference in your local or global community.  Hasbro Children’s Fund and generationOn will celebrate five young people between the ages of 5 and 18 for their extraordinary community service and volunteer activities at a special recognition event in New York City and award each winner a $1,000 educational scholarship.

A Hasbro Community Action Hero is a young person who makes an extraordinary mark on the world through service. The nominee’s achievements must demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:

 Outstanding service to one’s local, national or global community

 Extraordinary effort in creating innovative solutions to community needs

 Leadership of an exceptional service or advocacy activity

 Click here for more details and to nominate a youth today.  Nominations will be accepted until February 20th at 5 PM EST.

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