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HandsOn Bay Area

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Environment, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Parks & Playgrounds, Youth Community Service Clubs

Mission: HandsOn Bay Area strengthens communities through volunteer action and leadership development.

Target demographics: local schools, parks and nonprofits in the Bay Area

Direct beneficiaries per year: 17,000 volunteers, 230+ schools, parks and nonprofits

Geographic areas served: Mobilizing volunteers

Programs: Community Calendar of ongoing volunteering opportunities Employee volunteering 'day of service' event planning HandsOn Tomorrow - leadership and volunteering for Bay Area high school students Focus - skills-based volunteering for small corporate teams LIFT - Leadership and professional development for emerging community leaders Project in a box - pre-packed volunteer projects shipped right to your door

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Mother is in breast cancer and docters want to treat her with the medicine of HERCEPTIN which is too expencive and i m not able to afford please help me
Contact
Mob: 0312 2443196
Email: m.danish_imtiaz@ymail.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with HOBA because of the online calendar. I could search for a project near me, and sign up for just one occurrence to check it out. If I had to cancel (which I did, in those early days, due to a very unpredictable work schedule), there was no guilt as long as I did so a few days beforehand. The project I've been working on lately is through OBUGS (google it), and I am getting really jealous of all these kids who have gardens at their schools! Weeding, painting, planting, cleaning up trash, cutting back vines -- you name it, we've done it. Hard work, but it's amazing how much you can get done in 3 hours with only a few really nice folks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thought the shift that I had from 6 to 8pm was pretty short but little did I realize that I would get a major workout! It was soo much fun though! There were about 40 volunteers sorting cans. There was large industrial sized bins filled with mac n cheese, pasta, meal in a can, fruits, vegetables, etc and volunteers were responsible for separating them- taking out items that didn't have labels because clients need nutritional facts in case anyone is allergic- packing them into card board boxes and I had the fun job of taping boxes! It was hard work! I was running around picking up boxes and stacking them up! I loved it. It was so inspiring to see people of all ages too- coming together and working together for one cause- and that is to help out others because we can. There were students all the way to an old man with a walker! If he can volunteer- so can you! The two hours were really organized and time just flew. It was nice to see people in such good moods willing to help. I am going to look into volunteering for Second Harvest directly and get more people to come join me. If you take 87 it is right off the freeway and there is a convenient parking lot. At the end of volunteering they gave out free waters and a huge bag of Smooth Meltys- the minty candy with the little white dots. On the bag it says "Volunteers make the difference. Thank you" How nice is that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization! I've always wanted to help out whenever I can but I am always fearing being over committed. In this case you never have to! You go to their website- register for free and look for a project in your area, sign up, and then show up! There are plenty of events but they do fill up quick. Check back often though because if people can't make it they will remove themselves from the event. Today I went to my first event and it was in the Santa Clara county. I volunteered at A Place At The Table with InnVision Peninsula Program at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. The shift was pretty short for 12:30 to 4:30pm but we actually ended at 3:30pm. The task at hand was to come help prepare and serve a hot meal to the East Palo Alto homeless community. The Project Leader Paul had e mailed me several times to make sure I was going to show up, give me directions, and what to prepare for which was great. There were about 9 people volunteering to serve a hot meal for up to 90 people. We made spaghetti and meatballs, corn, ceasar salad, pastries, and coffee. I really liked my first time experience because everyone was willing to get their hands dirty. Some were chopping onions, tossing the salad, scooping the spaghetti, serving to the clients, etc. I look forward to signing up for more events on the website! Its so easy!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I prepared breakfast for young people residing at the Edgewood Center. We enjoyed volunteering very much and found the children and the staff to be appreciative and friendly to interact with. Volunteering in this way was so very easy and made us feel very good.

14 Monica C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an extremely well organized group. I've felt comfortable and respected by everyone I've met, especially the homeless and needy. I am scheduled to volunteer twice a month all the way through December! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a non-profit organization that provides HUD-subsidized housing for independent seniors and handicapped residents. For the past 16 years I have hosted Thanks- sgiving dinner for residents. For the past 5 years I've contacted Hands On Bay Area for volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up on Thanksgiving. If it weren't for Hands On Bay Area volunteers, I would be doing this event on my own, as I did pre-HOBA. I was so delighted the first year volunteers came to help. I couldn't believe how efficient, helpful and happy these people were. Each year since, the same types of lovely people come to help me help my residents, and I'm still delighted and in awe of the spirit of the HOBA volunteers. I am happy to have this venue to thank all those people who continue to give so much of themselves on this very special holiday.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have secured the most amazing volunteers from Hands On Bay Area. I am the Care Services, Family Event & Volunteer manager at Support for Families of Children with Disabilities in San Francisco's Mission District and produce 4 family events a year. HOBA volunteers are consistantly reliable, hard-working & pleasant who go beyond the call of duty. I am always impressed by the level of organization they bring to our events and I will continue to request them in the future. Our non-profit in the Mission helps families and children with any kind of health issue of disability, connecting them with services and resources they need. Our family events are a way for families to network and have fun with their children in a way that may not be possible at other community gatherings.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Makes it SO so easy to volunteer in any number of areas in the Bay Area. Seriously, you just click once and you're done. On days I have free I check the calendar to see what's available and there's usually for me. They are well organized and they make good use of your time.

6 Rosaline J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very well-run organization with a professional, responsive staff and cadre of volunteer project and team leaders. Through this organization that offers "done-in-a-day" volunteer opportunities, I have volunteered at and served as a project leader for over two dozen nonprofit organizations across the Bay Area. I highly recommend volunteering with Hands On Bay Area (HOBA). All you have to do is participate in an online orientation and commit to one afternoon or evening project. Believe me, it is easy to become hooked!