HandsOn Northeast Ohio 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, and individual volunteers, we quickly realized that more needed to be done to engage the community to promote civic change.

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.




In 2007, the HandsOn Network and the Points of Light Foundation merged into one single organization; creating the world's largest global volunteer network. A dacade later, Points of Light operates through a network of innovative volunteer-mobilizing organizations located in more than 250 cities across 37 countries. Together we serve 83% of the nation. Points of Light envisions a world in which all individuals discover the power to make a difference and are equipped as active, engaged citizens. HandsOn Northeast Ohio is the official HandsOn Network affiliate office for Cuyahoga and Lorain County.

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