Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To make it easy for people of all ages to volunteer in meaningful projects, led by fellow volunteers that build stronger communities.


HandsOn Northeast Ohio (HandsOn NEO) was founded in early 2007 after an intensive environmental assessment of the direct service volunteer landscape in our community. After speaking with nonprofit, business and civic leaders as well as YOU the individual volunteer, it was clear that more needed to be done to engage individuals to make civic change.

Volunteers help to rake the lawns of low-income seniors.
HandsOn Volunteers help to rake the lawns of low-income seniors in the City of Berea.

We make it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. Participants are screened and trained to ensure a capable, informed direct service volunteer force, and through this network of individuals, we build the capacity of area nonprofits, schools and municipal agencies.

Our Vision

To build stronger communities where everyone has discovered their power to make a difference through service.

Hundreds of volunteers prepare to paint a Cleveland school
HandsOn NEO volunteers and American Express join forces to provide beautification at William Cullen Bryant Elementary School.

HandsOn Northeast Ohio values volunteerism as a powerful force for change in our community that can foster mutual respect and understanding within our diverse community. We hope to become an agent for community collaborations that can provide individuals with the platform for action while providing agencies with a vehicle to futher their missions.

Each of us has the power to do enormous good. HandsOn NEO strives to provide barrier free opportunities for citizens, youth and families to Be the Change they want to see in our communities! We want everyone to volunteer in Cleveland.

HandsOn Northeast Ohio is the Cuyahoga County affiliate of the HandsOn Network and Ohio Volunteer Center Association. On July 16, 2007, the HandsOn Network and the Points of Light Foundation announced an agreement between their two boards to merge into a single organization. Creating the world's largest global volunteer network, the new organization ecompasses 370 affiliates serving 83% of the American public. Points of Light/HandsOn Network envisions a world in which all individuals discover their power to make a difference and are equipped as active, engaged citizens.

HandsOn Northeast Ohio is also a proud member of Community Shares.