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HandsOn Suncoast builds stronger communities through volunteerism. We meet critical needs through volunteer service and civic engagement. Our projects make the Suncoast Region a better place to live for everyone.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

New Volunteer Orientation

By attending one of our New Volunteer Orientations, you will gain the basic information you need to serve as an effective volunteer within our community. You can find the next New Volunteer Orientation by visiting the Opportunity Calendar.

11/20/18 6:00 PM +more

James A. Haley VA Casino Games [Hil]

The residents in the Spinal Cord Injuries Ward are wanting to go to Vegas. Since that is not possible United Way HandsOn volunteers will take Vegas to them and assist with various gaming activities. Please call 813-972-2000 ext 3820 or 727-259-8878 (cell) the day of the project if you have any questions or need help finding the location. Additional information on where to park and where to go can be found in the special details under the location.

11/24/18 1:00 PM +more

CASA Thrift Shoppe [PIN]

CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe is one of the most vital programs that we have here at CASA -- when you support CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe, 100% of the proceeds are used to fund CASA's programs and services for survivors of domestic violence. By volunteering at the Thrift Shoppe, you are contributing to this life-saving work. The Thrift Shoppe is a fast-paced volunteer opportunity, as we are always busy and there is always something to be done! At the Thrift Shoppe, you will be assigned duties like helping shoppers find merchandise or sort and price donated items like clothing. You will also be tasked with accepting donations at our drop off area, which includes greeting donors, asking them to fill out a donation receipt, then bringing their donations into the back room. This involves heavy lifting, frequent standing and walk, and a lot of bending and moving. We hope you will join our team!

11/20/18 9:00 AM +more

Whispering Oaks Bingo Party [Hil]

Play bingo and have an ice cream social with the elderly/disabled patients. Before signing up for this project by clicking on “Sign up for this project”, any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer’s parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

12/20/18 6:30 PM

The Spring - Transitional Housing [Hil]

The Spring wants some great HOT volunteers to come to their Transitional Housing to play with their great children. It may be helping with homework, coloring, playing board games, etc. Whatever it is I am sure it will be fun. Please contact your Leader for directions. The one that the website gives out is not correct. **NO COURT ORDERED VOLUNTEERS ALLOWED** **ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE LEVEL 2 BACKGROUND CHECKED (through The Spring) BEFORE PARTICIPATING**

11/20/18 6:00 PM +more

The Spring [Hil]

Come on out and play with some really great children. The children range in age from birth to teenagers. We could be rocking infants to playing touch football with the teenagers and everything in between. Please notify your leader if you need directions to the location. The website gives a wrong address. **NO COURT ORDERED VOLUNTEERS ALLOWED** **ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE LEVEL 2 BACKGROUND CHECKED (through The Spring) BEFORE PARTICIPATING**

11/19/18 6:00 PM +more

Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools [HIL]

Do you have a passion for helping connect kids to greatness? If so, Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools needs your help! A program through the Hillsborough Education Foundation provides free school supplies year-round to economically disadvantaged students attending Hillsborough County Public Schools designated as Title I. Ensure that the classrooms in Hillsborough County have the basic tools for learning. Volunteers will assist teachers in shopping for a variety of items. Minors 13+ may volunteer with an adult. Must be 15 to volunteer alone on this project. New volunteers will need to complete the online application at https://www.educationfoundation.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=forms.Volunteer-application-main&tp_preview=true

12/8/18 9:00 AM

Ronald McDonald House [Pin]

Come try out your culinary talents at The House, a "Home away from home" for families of children who are patients of local hospitals. Help make them a home cooked meal after a long day. An email from the Project Leader will be sent out with a list of items that will be needed for the meal. You can then pick an item that you wish to contribute and let the Project Leader know. A minor 14+ may attend this project with an adult. To register a volunteer under the age of 18, the parent needs to create a team through their online profile. The teen would then be added as a team member. The parent can then sign up as a team and it will automatically add the teen to the project.

12/10/18 5:00 PM

Quantum Leap Farm [Hil]

The Farm is a nationally recognized equestrian program serving injured and disabled civilian adults and children, as well as military service members and their families. Every horseman knows the relationship with a horse is special. But for those who are recovering from injury or who live with mental or physical disability, this relationship can open the door to new realms of possibility. By volunteering at Quantum Leap Farm, you can give back to your community, have fun and make new friends. Help riders as a side walker and with grooming and tacking of horses, light gardening and barn maintenance. As well as wearing closed toe shoes you might also want to bring along some work gloves. Before signing up for this project by clicking on “Sign up for this project”, any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer’s parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

11/24/18 8:30 AM +more

Meals On Wheels [Hil]

Volunteers will be working together in a kitchen to put a variety of food cups, and many other things that will later be delivered to the homebound clients. Before signing up for this project by clicking on “Sign up for this project”, any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer’s parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

12/1/18 9:00 AM +more

Horses for Handicapped [HIL]

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls. Come join us at the barn and assist disabled riders in riding class. Make sure you wear sturdy closed toe shoes. Also known as the Bakus Equestrian Center, they offer horseback riding to children and adults and specialize in those with disabilities. Riding provides them with increased self esteem, balance, coordination and improved attention span. After the lessons are finished the volunteers will help with barn maintenance.

12/15/18 8:30 AM

Hope Lodge Game Night [Hil]

Volunteers will host a game night at the Lodge. The Hope Lodge is a place that houses cancer patients and their care takers for free while the patients are receiving treatment. Volunteers 15 to 18 can do this project with a parent/guardian. But must be 18 to do this alone.

12/19/18 7:00 PM +more

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By Madi Donham. Mon, 12 Nov 2018

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By Madi Donham. Wed, 31 Oct 2018

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With Unique Employee Programming, Arconic Connects Corporate Values with Meaningful Community Engagement

By Madi Donham. Tue, 30 Oct 2018

Companies of all sizes are seeking strategies to engage diverse employees and advance inclusive values. Arconic, a global leader in lightweight metals manufacturing and engineering, is on the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion initiatives. Leveraging three unique programs to engage its more than 41,500 employees worldwide, Arconic links organizational goals and values with opportunities to make a meaningful difference in the communities where its employees live and work

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