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.
HOC DAY IS A FUNDRAISER!
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.
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.”
We 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!
Our 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 😉
“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 charlottenc.gov/mlk.
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!
Follow and like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share our posts (don’t forget to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCLT).
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.