Tracy’s Story

We wanted to share a Facebook post that one of our newer volunteers, Tracy,  wrote on her timeline.  The response was overwhelming.

We are so proud of all of our volunteers who take time from their personal lives to help others.


I had the most life changing and amazing opportunity to help tutor an older gentleman in basic reading & writing today, as he is trying hard to get his GED.
He worked so hard to sound out each word.. I asked him if he needed a break after he had been reading each word painfully and carefully for over an hour.. He said “No ma’am, I want to work”. We kept at it…
His pencil was worn down with barely an eraser left on the end. Each word he wrote out carefully, he would look up to get confirmation that it was correct..
His hands are worn and rough from a hard life on the streets.. I know his life has been hard, but this does not stop him from trying or taking a break..
Imagine a life without the ability to read and write basic words..
Today a man named Larry taught me more than I could ever teach him and made a huge impact in my world.. I feel truly blessed and more appreciative for all I have in life.. many things I take for granted..
Thursday when I go back, I will bring a giant box of brand new pencils with erasers on the end with me and give them to Larry and the others..
It’s the little things in life we need to appreciate more…
Prayers for Larry and all the others trying to change their lives for the better.. Hope he sleeps well and safe tonight.




It makes our day when we hear back from our volunteers and their experiences. Enjoy!

From Cassandra-Volunteer for Basic Literacy & Math for Adults

“This is my 5th time volunteering for this project and I enjoy it every time. This time was exceptionally special and gave me a new perspective on my own life.

I assisted a man with reading; he is a drug addict and currently 9 months clean. He is studying so he can progress in his sobriety and life. He had to leave early to attend an AA meeting. The 2nd man I also assisted with reading. He was probably at a 1st grade reading level with a job and wanting to progress. I left feeling proud of them for being so brave and humbled in what I sometimes perceive as my own life “struggles”. They were so appreciative of me being there.

I left beaming that we all progressed a little that evening.”


The Answers to Things You’ve Wondered about HOC Day on April 18th

So you’ve registered yourself, your family or your team for HOC Day, but you have some questions about the actual day–what to wear, is it rain or shine, what are the funds raised used for….

We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions, but please, feel free to contact us with any other we may have missed.

See you on April 18th!



Registration for this years Hands On Charlotte Day has begun and this year it’s bigger than ever!IMG_7367

You asked for it, we listened.

HOC Day now includes special family-friendly projects for ALL AGES.  We believe that volunteerism should be a part of everyones life and to instill this we want to offer opportunities where even the youngest can experience doing for others.


This fast-paced team competition is geared for teens 16 and older, companies and anyone who enjoys competition while helping the community.  As this is a competition, there has to be a grand prize and this years GRAND PRIZE IS $1000 AMERICAN AIRLINES GIFT CARDS TO EACH MEMBER OF THE WINNING TEAM!

For whichever you choose, registration is required and space is limited.  We encourage you to register early and get your spot.

This is Hands On Charlotte’s only fundraiser of the year and the only event like this in the Charlotte area.  It is the “one day that makes the other 364 possible”

Register here:


Mark your calendars for April 18th for HOC’s only fundraiser of the year and this year it’s bigger than ever!

Of course we will still have our classic volunteering projects throughout Charlotte and this year we are adding Family Projects for parents and children of all ages as well as the firstCharlotteMagazineProof
annual Service Games!

The Service Games is an event where teams will compete for the grand prize of American Airlines gift cards by way of completing service projects.  If you’ve been around HOC for a while, you will remember Sprint for Service, The Service Games is very similar to that event.

As we do every year, you’ll want to join us for our after party for food, beer, raffle and fun!  We’ll be announcing our amazing venue shortly so stay tuned!

We promise you won’t want to miss this!

Registration opens March 4th.  Be sure to watch us on Wilson’s World on our media sponsor WCCB when we countdown to the launch of opening registration on March 4th.

If you are a business and want to be a part of this event, contact Beth Addison at to find out how to be a sponsor.

Visit our website for details HERE

We hope to see you there!


An Absolute Must – Check Out Our Americorps Emergency Response Teams Blog!

An Americorps member at Hands On Charlotte, on a mission to educate and empower the community in emergency preparedness and disaster resilience!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thank You for Being a Friend!
Good morning, all!

I would like to extend a grand thanks to all those in the local Charlotte community who were able to participate in our disaster response trainings this past Saturday and Wednesday, and are now becoming a part of CM-VEST, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Volunteer Emergency Support Team.   See more…

A Truly Inspirational Story!

Meet Robert.  He has been part of a couple very special programs we do at Hands On Charlotte–Special Olympics and Special Rollers.

He is a truly amazing young man, someone we should all learn from.  Enjoy!

To read more about Robert, click here

Robert-Special OlympicsSo that we may continue to offer opportunities to volunteers and athletes like Robert, please consider supporting our end of year appeal. images-1

Thank you!