Thanks for making our HOC Day and National Volunteer Week a big success!

What a National Volunteer Week!

On Monday, April 11, we were recognized by our good friends at SHARE Charlotte as their Nonprofit of the Week.

On Tuesday, April 12, we partnered with United Way of Central Carolinas, SHARE Charlotte and the Charlotte Knights to recognize the 10 extraordinary winners of this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. We’re honored that one of the recipients was our own Geoff Scantlebury, who contributes hundreds of volunteer service hours through Hands On Charlotte to Central Piedmont Community College and other partner agencies.

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That same day, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the filing of HOC’s Articles of Incorporation. To commemorate this milestone, Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center Lights were lit in HOC colors that morning and night:

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Finally, on Saturday, April 16, we held our annual Hands On Charlotte Day, featuring volunteer opportunities across the Charlotte region. More than 200 volunteers (including faculty, staff and students from East Mecklenburg High School and the Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis) completed projects benefiting a variety of causes, including education, hunger and homelessness, and animal welfare.

We are so grateful to our event sponsors and partners for making such a successful week possible:

Let’s do it again next year. Thanks!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

2016_NVW_logo_horiz_colorNational Volunteer Week, brought to you by Points of Light since 1974, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

As the local affiliate of Points of Light and the HandsOn Network, Hands On Charlotte commemorates this special week by:

  • Offering a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you! Each year, HOC volunteers contribute approximately 30,000 hours of service, helping our partner agencies address our community’s most pressing needs.
  • Celebrating 25 years of service! This week also marks the 25th anniversary of HOC’s founding. Our Articles of Incorporation were filed with the state on April 12, 1991:

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To mark this milestone, Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center Lights will glow in HOC colors early Tuesday morning and Tuesday night. Be on the lookout for it!

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We’ll have a variety of family-friendly service projects in the morning, followed by lunch and a post-project Celebration of Service at VFW Post 9488.

Please visit for more information, and to register by Friday’s deadline.

Thanks again for all that you do to strengthen our community throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Hands On Charlotte Day – Saturday, April 16

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Our annual Hands On Charlotte Day is less than a month away!

This year’s HOC Day will be held on Saturday, April 16th as part of our observation of National Volunteer Week.

Hands On Charlotte Day has been the signature community service and fundraising event of Hands On Charlotte since our 1991 founding.  Each year, hundreds of volunteers spend the day serving at several diverse projects across the city, ranging from sorting donated clothing and landscaping Charlotte schools to repairing nature trails.

Hands On Charlotte creates and manages thousands of service opportunities every year, and doing so requires money. That’s why Hands On Charlotte Day volunteers are required to pay a fee in order to join in the event.

Please visit for more information, and to take advantage of our low Early Bird registration fees, which expire March 31!

New AmeriCorps members at HOC

Ready Corps members Tanner LaLonde and Lasharae Austin

Ready Corps members Tanner LaLonde and Lasharae Austin

Hands On Charlotte is excited to welcome Lasharae Austin and Tanner LaLonde to our team as AmeriCorps Ready Corps members. In its third year, Ready Corps is an AmeriCorps program implemented by Points of Light and HandsOn Network to create disaster resilient communities by increasing preparedness of individuals and families, through volunteer engagement. Lasharae and Tanner will be working both with HOC and with our local Red Cross chapter for 10 months.

Lasharae is a 2014 graduate of North Carolina Central, with a degree in World Studies and Music. She has experience as a Red Cross volunteer in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. “As a Ready Corps member,” Lasharae says, “I hope to inspire others with my enthusiasm and impart to them the knowledge I have gained through both experience and training.”

Tanner recently earned his bachelor’s degree in Art Studies with a minor in Business Administration from North Carolina State. He points to communication as his strong point. Tanner says, “I have a passion for helping others and love having the opportunity with AmeriCorps to help those in need in Charlotte while making a difference in the community.”

Epic comeback started right here….

HON SB50 Challenge cropped to 2100 x 1007We did it! Hands On Charlotte volunteers gave us a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the HandsOn Network Super Bowl Challenge! The sum of our volunteer hours for the week of February 1-7 and the Panthers’ points in the big game was greater than the sum of Metro Volunteers‘ hours and the Broncos’ points.

We’re grateful to Executive Director Kristy Judd and her Metro Volunteers colleagues for joining us in this challenge, and for fulfilling our friendly wager by posting this video:

Thanks again to all of our volunteers. Keep Pounding!

Help HOC win the HandsOn Network Super Bowl Challenge!

HON SB50 Challenge cropOur friends at Metro Volunteers in Denver have accepted our offer of a friendly wager: HOC’s volunteer hours during the week (Monday 2/1 – Sunday 2/7) + the Panthers’ Super Bowl score vs. MV’s volunteer hours + the Broncos’ score.

The loser will post a video on Facebook (and anywhere else that’s feasible) showing the losing affiliate’s executive director wearing the winner’s team jersey or affiliate t-shirt, singing lyrics of the winner’s choosing to the Peyton Manning Nationwide jingle.

A little dab might also be in order if the good guys prevail 😉


HOC volunteers, let’s fill up all of our calendar projects this week so we can run up the score!


UPDATE 2/1/2016:  Points of Light and the HandsOn Network are on board with our contest, and are offering a $500 challenge grant to the winning affiliate. Check out this post on the Points of Light blog!

MLK Call to Service 2016

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“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr.


Each January, Hands On Charlotte honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by organizing service projects for hundreds of volunteers on and around the holiday that bears his name.

This year, HOC is working together with the City of Charlotte and other partner organizations to host a series of community events throughout the MLK holiday weekend, including the annual MLK Holiday Parade. More information about these events can be found at

Our 2016 MLK Call to Service will be held Saturday, January 16* from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at two locations:

This is a drop-in event featuring a variety of family-friendly service projects that benefit several of our partner agencies.

Please visit for more information and to RSVP. We hope you can join us!

*rescheduled to avoid conflict with the Carolina Panthers’ playoff game on Sunday 1/17.


#GivingTuesdayCLT – today is the day!

After battling the crowds and getting amazing deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, wouldn’t it feel great to do something for “good”? Here’s your chance.

Last month, we told you about Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. In Charlotte we’re celebrating #GivingTuesdayCLT with 107 other local nonprofits. Together we’re working to raise $2,000,000 for our community!


This is going to be an amazing day of giving, unlike anything Charlotte has seen before – and you can help!

Thank you for playing a part in making this year’s #GivingTuesdayCLT – and Charlotte – better than ever!

#GivingTuesdayCLT – donate to HOC by December 1!

Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday?

Established in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Last year, Hands On Charlotte joined forces with more than 60 other Charlotte-area nonprofits for the 2014 #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign. Our friends at SHARE Charlotte coordinated the campaign, securing $10,000 in matching funds from the Knight Foundation. Over $377,000 was donated, and more than 9,000 volunteer hours were pledged to participating agencies.

This year, #GivingTuesdayCLT is bigger than ever. HOC is thrilled to be one of 108 Charlotte-area nonprofits participating in the 2015 campaign, which is being coordinated again by SHARE Charlotte. We’re joining forces to raise a total of $2 million during the three-week campaign, which culminates on Giving Tuesday, December 1.


Financial donations received by Hands On Charlotte between now and December 1 will be eligible for our share of $50,000 in matching funds provided by the Knight Foundation, Bank of America, Foundation For The Carolinas, the Reemprise Fund, and presenting sponsor Google Fiber.

Please visit for more information, and to support HOC with a secure online donation. Give between now and December 1, and your donation will be eligible for #GivingTuesdayCLT matching funds!

P.S. Don’t forget to follow and visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to tell everyone how you’re giving back this year! Be sure to use the hashtags #GivingTuesdayCLT and #whatsyourgift.