To make it easy for people of all ages to volunteer in meaningful projects,
led by fellow volunteers that build stronger communities.
Who We Are
At HandsOn Northeast Ohio, we offer a place for individuals to begin their journey to make a difference and become effective volunteers. We make it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. Individuals are screened and trained to ensure a capable, informed direct service volunteer force, and through this network, we build the capacity of area nonprofits, schools and municipal agencies. The volunteer opportunities we create, manage, and lead produce reliable, measurable results that meet critical community needs.
We seek to build stronger communities where all people can discover the power to make a difference through service. We serve as an agent for community collaboration; helping individuals take action and organizations further their missions. We believe that each member of the community has the power to do enormous good by promoting the change they wish to see in their community.
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 decade 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.