Hands on Network

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HandsOn Network
Private, Non-Profit
Founded1992 Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia

The HandsOn Network is a non-profit organization focusing on community service based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. It seeks to bring people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action, and including some half million volunteers in communities inside and outside the United States. HandsOn Network creates and manages nearly 50,000 projects a year, from building wheelchair ramps in San Francisco to teaching reading in Atlanta, to rebuilding homes and lives in Gulf Coast communities following Hurricane Katrina. Originally an independent organization, today it is part of the nonprofit organization Points of Light.


The organization was founded 1992 under the name City Cares. They sought an alternate way of doing volunteering, in contrast to established organizations such as the Points of Light Foundation and its associated Voluntary Action Centers.[1] In particular, they sought to focus on attracting younger, more business-focused volunteers by offering a single day of service on a per-month basis.[1] The national entity would then be an umbrella organization and which would provide shared resources to local entities.[2]

Example local affiliates included New York Cares, which in point of fact was launched in 1987 and provided the basis for the later national model.[2]

In 2004, City Cares renamed itself to the HandsOn Network.[1]

Over time, HandsOn Network became made up of 58 national and international volunteer organizations that act as entrepreneurial civic action centers. HandsOn Network worked in partnership with local organizations and schools to create HandsOn service projects that produce tangible benefits in communities. The Network enlisted a corps of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who join forces to address community needs worldwide.

HandsOn Network collaborated with hundreds of major companies and organizations to promote volunteerism across the United States. They include the CMT television station[3] and SAP investments,[4] as well as several with nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups.[5] Additional corporate sponsors of HandsOn Network included Home Depot, Outback Steakhouse, Cisco Systems, Ameriquest, The Coca-Cola Company, Corporation for National and Community Service, W.K. Kellog Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Case Foundation, Singing for Change, and others.

In August 2007, HandsOn Network merged with the Points of Light Foundation to form the Points of Light Institute, the nation's largest network of organizations skilled at mobilizing volunteers to meet important needs in local communities.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Ellis, Susan J. "Historical Context of the Merger Between POL and HON". Energize, Inc. Retrieved March 18, 2012. Included linked-to chart from the third edition of the Ellis–Noyes book.
  2. ^ a b "Volunteer Centers: A History of America". Points of Light Foundation. March 31, 2005.
  3. ^ (2006) CMT One Country and University of Phoenix Partner to Recognize the Power of Volunteerism. Archived 2007-09-11 at the Wayback Machine 4/25/06. Retrieved 4/27/07.
  4. ^ (2007) Atlanta-Area Companies Drive Efficiency, Performance and Growth with SAP. 4/20/07. Retrieved 4/27/07.
  5. ^ Sills, M. (2007) Charity aim of spring breaks: Students to spend vacation volunteering. Retrieved 4/29/07.
  6. ^ Points of Light Foundation website. Retrieved 11/11/07.

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