Getting to know Hands On Charlotte
HOC’s Volunteer Connections Committee (VCONN)
You probably know that Hands On Charlotte (HOC) helps connect volunteers with more than 100 partner agencies in our community, but you may not know that quite a few folks volunteer at Hands On Charlotte itself!
One of our favorite groups is VCONN, the Volunteer Connections Committee. VCONN works with HOC staff to promote the organization at community events like Festival in the Park and the Kings Drive Art Walk, and provides support at signature events like HOC Day.
In addition, VCONN is going to take a more prominent role in planning HOC’s popular Mix & Mingle volunteer socials. Mix & Mingles are six times a year (in odd-numbered months) and are designed to provide an informal setting where prospective volunteers can learn more about HOC and current volunteers can connect with each other, HOC staff and board members.
Earlier this summer, the VCONN conducted a survey of active volunteers to get feedback on how the Mix & Mingles could be improved. Based on that feedback, we’ll be alternating nights of the week for Mix & Mingle events (because Mondays alone didn’t work for everyone) and tweaking the food set-up so there are refreshments available for guests who arrive later. We’re also adding more icebreaker activities to stimulate conversation, as well as a brief program with activities such as testimonials from volunteers and project leaders, guest speakers from our partner agencies and community organizations, and HOC volunteer recognition.
We hope you’ll join us at the upcoming Mix & Mingle on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll be returning to our favorite Mix & Mingle spot – VGBG at the N.C. Music Factory – with thanks for their support and hospitality!
To RSVP for the event, visit our Eventbrite page. Hope to see you in a few weeks!