As you may notice, I love when I read or hear things that make me stop and think. Today’s Friday’s Food for Thought is a short poem from one of my favorite authors, Shel Silverstein, Woulda-Coulda-Shoulda. I found this enjoyable as I know have been around many who talk and wish they could help but most never take the next step and make a difference. If they only knew how simple it was to volunteer and do something for someone else and what a BIG difference it truly makes!
I would love to hear any stories you may have about helping other or the likes that we could post on our blog. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well the answer is a lot is happening!
Besides our daily volunteer opportunities we have two events where registration is already underway.
Our super fun Mix & Mingle will be taking place next Tuesday, March 11th from 5:30-7:30 at VBGB Uptown. This is a fun way to meet other volunteers both new and old and learn about all the amazing volunteer opportunities at Hands On Charlotte. As always, there is food, drinks, games and fun! The event is free but we ask that you please RSVP so we can account for guest.
Next is our 22nd annual Hands On Charlotte Day!!
This amazing event takes place on April 12th as part of National Volunteer Week. We will hold over 25 service projects throughout the Charlotte area. When you visit the event page you will see the list of some of the opportunities such as:
- Carolina Raptor Center
- McGill Rose Garden
- Carolina Thread Trail
- CMS Schools
- Crisis Assistance
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- And more being added
But please don’t wait, if you see an opportunity you like, register TODAY as space is limited.
We are looking forward to a hugely successful event!
As part of National Volunteer Week and leading up to HOC Day, the Wells Fargo building will be lighting up in HOC colors on April 7th, so take a look at the skyline and show your support.
We are also lucky enough that our good friend Jon Wilson of Wilson’s World on WCCB will be featuring us each morning of National Volunteer Week, April 7-11, so check us out on Wilson’s World!
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The 22nd edition of Hands On Charlotte (HOC) Day
will be held on Saturday, April 12th
as part of National Volunteer Week April 6-12, 2014
, as it celebrates 40 years recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions by:
- Demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals
- Taking action and encouraging others in their communities to be at the center of social change–discovering and actively demonstrating you have the collective power to make a difference.
Hands On Charlotte Day
has been the signature community service event of Hands On Charlotte
since our 1991 founding. Each year as many as 1000 volunteers
spend the day serving many diverse projects across the city, ranging from sorting donated clothing and landscaping Charlotte schools to clearing neighborhood debris and repairing nature trails.
Schedule of Events:
- Before 9:00 am—Arrive at your designated project site to sign in
- 9:00 am—The Project Leader will begin the project
- 9:00 am-Noon—Volunteer projects take place
- Noon—Projects End
- After Noon—We’d love to have your join us at VGBG for the after party to include free food, drinks, & games. Be sure to purchase raffle tickets!
- 2:30 pm—Special announcements and raffle drawing
- 3:00 pm—Event concludes
We encourage you to REGISTER EARLY to hold your spot at your favorite project site. There will be no registration the day of the event.
Registration guarantees an event t-shirt and one raffle ticket (winner announced at the afterparty at VBGB. You must be present to win)
Don’t forget to bring extra cash for the afterparty to buy as many raffle tickets as you want!
REGISTRATION CLOSES APRIL 10th.
Serve, Then Celebrate!
We know that volunteers can work up a big appetite, so HOC will be hosting a post-project Celebration of Service with food and beverages to conclude HOC Day at VBGB Uptown. Stay tuned for more details.
HOC Day 2014 Sponsors Include:
Every once in a while it is a must that we quote one of the most genuine people there was, Mr. Fred Rogers. That being said, enjoy your Friday’s Food for Thought…
“When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others.”
- See more at: http://www.fredrogers.org/fred-rogers/#sthash.qSATM7Zj.dpuf
This Friday our post will be a little different but will make you think about how impactful just a small jester can be to another person. Enjoy!
5-year-old Daniel is autistic. The favorite part of his day is watching the garbage trucks empty the bins outside his home. One day, rather than driving away after emptying the bin, the driver stopped the truck and gave Daniel a very special gift.
Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week, we thought we’d share a heart warming video from a Target store in Oregon that shows how one simple act of kindness can carry on and on and on…. Enjoy!
It’s true! Volunteering is good for the heart. According to a new study it is shown that volunteering makes it less likely to have high blood pressure than those who do not volunteer. Volunteering can be a medicine-free way to help prevent high blood pressure which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of death in the United States.
Who knew?!? Well just ask anyone who volunteers. They may not know that there is medical evidence behind their healthy heart but they do know how wonderful their heart feels when they are helping someone else.
On this special day where we show our love for others, we asked, “What do you love about volunteering” and here were some of our replies:
“I love volunteering because it keeps you connected to your cause. Being involved on the front lines keeps you honest.”
“I love helping others, where I can, when I can.”
“Saving lives! Shiloh was part of our prison dog program! From death row to therapy dog!”
Offices will be open between 1pm-5pm today. Stay safe!
We hope to be open Friday, check back for updates. Keep warm and stay safe.
Due to inclement weather, HOC will be closed today for the safety of our staff and volunteers. Please check back for any further information regarding HOC hours and the weather.
Enjoy the snow!!