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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

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.

11/11/18 9:00 AM +more

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.

11/10/18 8:30 AM +more

Volunteer to assist Lovely Lady Living with ALS [PIN]

Do you have a couple hours a month to make a huge difference in someone’s life by assisting with household chores, gardening, and cleaning? A lovely woman living with ALS in Madeira Beach needs assistance in the home any day of the week, any time of the day, once a month depending on your schedule. Becoming a Visiting Volunteer with The ALS Association Florida Chapter will bring you purpose and meaning. We require potential Visiting Volunteers to complete an online training process, including 2 reference checks, a short phone interview, and a background check. Volunteers assist with simple tasks of everyday living and are not allowed to help with medical or personal care, finances, or transportation. If this interests you, please respond to this posting or contact Becky Ford, bford@alsafl.org, (813)637-9000 ext. 133, for further information. We hope you consider joining the team!

Through 4/16/19

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**

11/28/18 6:00 PM +more

Volunteer for the Ride. Run. Roll to Defeat ALS! [HIL/HER]

The ALS Association Florida Chapter is holding its annual Ride. Run. Roll to Defeat ALS on Saturday, December 1, at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Dr., Spring Hill, 34610, on the Suncoast Trail. Volunteers are needed from 6:30am to 1:30pm, or for a few hours therein. Come join us and provide support to participants in this effort to realize our vision: a world without ALS! Volunteers can choose a task or be assigned as needed. Tasks include: SAG (Support and Gear) Team, staffing rest stops, parking, check-in, setup, food service, cheering, and breakdown. We also need a photographer, if that's your hobby! If you like to work from home ahead of the event, we need help promoting with local cycling clubs and generally getting the word out. It will be an unforgettable experience!

12/1/18 6:30 AM

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

11/10/18 9:00 AM +more

Habitat Build [Pin]

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County wants you to come out on a Saturday morning and help build a home for a needy family. No experience necessary -they provide training. Learn new skills, meet and work with new and interesting people. Have fun too! The address of where you will be building will be given to you by your Project Leader closer to the date. Build Day: • Wear close toed and closed heeled shoes • Bring a lunch and a bottle for water (water provided on site) • All tools are provided on site • Please be prompt • Carpool if possible, parking can be limited

11/17/18 8:00 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.

11/15/18 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**

11/27/18 6:00 PM +more

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.

11/7/18 7:00 PM +more

Hillsborough County Developmental Center [Hil]

HCDC is a group home for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Come join the residents for an evening of fun and assist with serving refreshments, conversation, and recreational activities.

11/15/18 6:30 PM

Feeding America Tampa Bay [Hil]

Feeding America Tampa Bay believes that every single person can do something to help end hunger in America. Whether it is one dollar or one hour, you can make an enormous difference in the lives of hungry women, men and children served by their network. Our volunteers will sort donated food at our local food bank, which serves 10 counties in West Central Florida. 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.

11/17/18 9:00 AM +more

Latest News

Transforming Organizations Through Strategic Volunteer Engagement

By Madi Donham. Tue, 09 Oct 2018

Despite a surge of passionate leaders, the social sector continues to struggle with getting volunteer engagement just right while creating sustainable infrastructure for effective volunteer engagement. That’s where the Service Enterprise Initiative comes in. A national change-management approach, the Service Enterprise Initiative helps organizations gain a greater return on volunteer investment to meet their missions by tackling tough questions like: How do we address myths or misconceptions about volunteers among our staff? How can we get more resources for volunteering and make our program more sustainable? How can we work with volunteers to do more with less?

CSAA Insurance Group: Supporting Community Safety During Disaster

By Madi Donham. Mon, 01 Oct 2018

This year’s Northern California wildfires burned more than 600,000 acres – the largest wildfire in California history. The fires were devastating, resulting in the destruction of numerous structures, the displacement of thousands of residents, and several fatalities. While first responders met the wildfires head-on, volunteers also played an important role, providing comfort and counsel for those at risk of losing everything. CSAA Insurance Group’s award-winning corporate volunteer program, AAA Volunteers, empowers and motivates employees to address diverse community needs through volunteer service. In response to the wildfires, employees volunteered to take time from their normal job duties and daily routines to contact impacted customers.

Employee Spotlight: Defying Statistics to Become an Agent of Change for Youth

By Amanda Knowles. Fri, 28 Sep 2018

Lucretia Doyle is living proof that society’s expectations of you should never dictate what you choose to become. The daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother, Lucretia overcame the obstacles she faced at a young age and became passionate about empowering youth with the knowledge that they are capable of doing extraordinary things despite their backgrounds. She currently serves as senior program manager for recognition at Points of Light, overseeing the administration of the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards, a national volunteer recognition program that encourages citizens to live a life of service. Lucretia’s passion for youth empowerment led her to create the Patricia A. Doyle Foundation, in memory of her mother, to provide book scholarships and care packages to students who have a current or formally incarcerated parent.

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