At last Thursday's Heart of the Community awards dinner, Volunteer Broward announced some BIG NEWS!
In order to better leverage our national affiliation with the global HandsOn Network and expand volunteerism in our community, Volunteer Broward has fully adopted the HandsOn brand and will now be known as HandsOn Broward!
HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million.
The launch of the HandsOn Broward brand culminates an organizational transformation that has been taking shape over several years. In 2002, we became a HandsOn Network affiliate, which initiated an alignment with action centers in more than 250 communities across the country and 11 international locations. As the network grew to serve more than 83 percent of the American population, it also began to tap into a national culture of volunteerism.
Since 1974, Volunteer Broward has served as a clearinghouse for volunteers - a place where individuals could find civic engagement opportunities and nonprofit organizations could locate volunteers for their programs. HandsOn Broward will continue to support residents in need by connecting them with social services and enabling them to create change in their lives; however, we also plan to expand our focus on volunteer efforts to include more group projects, managed by volunteer project leaders who have been trained by our staff.
This new brand identity allows us to leverage a national identity, tap into a vast network of volunteer resources and better deliver on the promise to put people at the center of change. Although our name has changed, the power to serve and enrich the Broward County community remains the same.
We look forward to serving with you as we begin a new season of love as
Yours in service,
Board of Directors & Staff