Fresh Start!
HandsOn Sacramento is turning on a new leaf with a freshly-revamped newsletter! We will be adding some updates from our team and our agency partners.

This month, we conclude the Tax Season. If you want to have the opportunity to help out during United Way's Free Tax Prep program, this is your last chance! We also have Easter volunteer opportunities from the City of Sacramento and some more updates from our agency partners.

There are so many opportunities to choose from! Check out our Volunteer Calendar for more ways to volunteer.
New HandsOn Sacramento Agency Partner
Center for Restorative Justice Works
Founded in October 2007, The Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) aims to innovate a broad, grass-roots, response to those impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. They advocate, educate and demonstrate the critical need to mend, re-weave and re-connect the primary relationship between child-parent, families-loved ones, and the community in and out of prison. They believe these relationships are being torn apart by crime and the criminal justice system and this contributes to an unsuccessful rehabilitation and has an effect on recidivism. 
They believe this is a factor in unsuccessful rehabilitation. CRJW promotes systemic change and promotes a restorative justice agenda. They work to advance principles of healing, right relationship(s) for the common good.

CRJW is looking for volunteers to assist in their weekly transportation program. Volunteer Bus Leaders provide hospitality service and to make sure everyone has a safe and pleasant trip.
Interested in Becoming an Agency Partner?

HandsOn Sacramento is here to connect you with volunteers throughout the region. Whether you have one-time opportunities or ongoing needs, you can post information in our online database. Your volunteer projects will be viewed by up to 4 million volunteers per month via additional volunteer matching sites.

This Month's Volunteer Opportunities
Eat Well Yolo Distribution (Woodland)

Yolo Food Bank
Friday, April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th | 8:00am - 12:00pm
Minimum Age: 8 (with adult), 16

Yolo Food Bank needs your help to distribute food to those in need! Every Friday morning, Yolo Food Bank partners with Celebration Center Church to host a food distribution that reaches 250 - 300 individuals every week. We need your help to sort and inspect thr produce before it is given out. The distribution has a unique "farmers market feel" and allows the opportunity for each individual to select the items they would like. Please join us on a Friday morning to make a difference in our community.

Event Days at Sacramento Adventure Playground

City of Sacramento
Saturday, April 6th | 9:00am - 11:00am
Sunday, April 13th | 11:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday, April 27th | 9:00am - 11:00am
Minimum Age: 18

Volunteers are needed to help with Special Events and the monthly Community Play Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing and shoes that can get dirty. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess. While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 6-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days and most Special Events. Community Days are held on the second Saturday of the month (Feb.- Nov) from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Volunteers must be 18 or older, or with an approved service club. Volunteer shifts are from are usually ½ prior to event start and end at close time.

Oak Park Egg-stravaganza!

City of Sacramento
Thursday, April 18th | 11:30am - 5:00pm
Minimum Age: 18

The Oak Park Community Center is hosting a Spring egg hunt and they are looking for 30 volunteers (18 years old or older) to help with crowd control, egg hiding and goodie giveaways for youth (ages 0-12 years old) and families.

D7 Egg Hunt Extravaganza

City of Sacramento
Saturday, April 20th | 9:30am - 11:30 am; 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Minimum Age: 12 (with adult), 18

Come out and join the FUN! Volunteer for these free egg hunts in District 7 on Saturday, April 20th. Volunteers are needed to assist in event set up and monitoring the event to ensure safety of participants, dress as the Easter bunny (costume provided) and to be the bunny escort. A minimum of 4 volunteers needed at each site and volunteers must be at least 12 years old to support the events.

Earth Day

City of Sacramento
Saturday, April 27th | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Minimum Age: 13 (with adult), 14

Join Councilmember Rick Jennings and Parks Commissioner Devin Lavelle for a volunteer day to spruce up our parks on Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to 1 pm. Volunteers are needed! Equipment provided by the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Snacks provided by Commissioner Lavelle. All we need is you! Wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing. Minimum age to volunteer is 14, minimum age to volunteer with an adult is 3. 

12th Annual Sport for Life! Soccer Tournament

City of Sacramento
Saturday, April 27th | 6:00am - 6:30pm
Sunday, April 28th | 6:00am - 5:00pm
Minimum Age: 14 (with adult), 16

The City of Sacramento 50+ Wellness Program presents its 12th Annual Sports for Life! Soccer Tournament for men and women 50+. Divisions for this tournament include men 50+, 55+, 60+ and 65+ as well as women 50+, 55+, 60+ and 65+. Typical duties include event set up and take down, athlete check-in and age verification, headquarters assistance, replenishing refreshments for athletes, serving lunch to athletes on Saturday, customer service and other duties as assigned. This event may be used to earn community service hours for high school and college students. Check with your teacher/professor/counselor. Minimum age to volunteer is 16 or 14 if accompanied by a responsible adult. Volunteers MUST be enthusiastic and come prepared to work! Twenty volunteers are needed each day. Come on out, cheer on people, and have some fun!  

Snowline Hospice's 40th Anniversary Celebration

Snowline Hospice
Saturday, April 27th | 11:30am - 10:30pm
Minimum Age: 15 (with adult), 15

Snowline’s 40th Anniversary Celebration is fast approaching, and the planning committee needs volunteer support. There are six different shifts for people to participate in throughout the day. If you consider yourself an early bird, the set-up shift begins at 11:30am and will end at 2:00pm, leaving plenty of daylight to enjoy the carnival and other daytime festivities. More of a night owl? Assist with the Gala or event take down. Gala participants will receive free dinner and a chance to get gussied up! To ensure event success, all ages, abilities and interests are encouraged and welcome.

Sacramento Earth Day 2019 @ Southside Park

ECOS (Environmental Council of Sacramento)
Sunday, April 28th | 11:00am - 4:00pm
Minimum Age: 1 (with adult), 14
Court Ordered Volunteer Allowed

Sacramento Earth Day is all about building community and finding ways to help residents of the Greater Sacramento Region reduce our ecological footprint. Attend the festival for the opportunity to learn about a vast array of methods to live more sustainably. Around 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living. You’ll also find a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including live music, interactive educational games and a kids’ area. There will be several food vendors serving a range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options. We’ll also have electric vehicles to check out. Featuring local art, environmentally-protective products and even valet parking for your bicycle! This is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region, and admission is free!

Free Income Tax Prep Canvasses

United Way California Capital Region
Ongoing until April 2019
Minimum Age (with adult): 1; Minimum Age: 18

Join United Way California Capital Region as they go door-to-door letting our communities know of this tremendous money-saving opportunity in their neighborhood.
Help Get It Back!

United Way California Capital Region – Free Tax Prep
Now through April 2019

At the beginning of this year our local Free Tax Prep programs helped working people in your community get back over $10 million in tax refunds. United Way California Capital Region is looking for volunteers to help make an even greater impact next year. They have opportunities for everyone. Volunteer roles include greeters, tax preparers, translators, and more. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive expert training. With over forty locations and various hours, schedules are flexible. F ind more information at 
YourLocalUnitedWay.org/freetaxprep-volunteer  or contact Debi Linderholm at United Way California Capital Region  Debi.Linderholm@uwccr.org  (916) 856-3978.
Party Sponsors for Project Birthday

The Regional Center for Volunteerism - HandsOn Sacramento
Ongoing | Various Dates available
Minimum Age: 5 (as long as accompanied by an adult)

Help brighten the lives of other and let's help paint the town red! Project Birthday is looking for Party Volunteers throughout the months of July until December.

It will be a blast! Volunteers will help with the set-up and clean-up, as well as help facilitate games for the children and distribute cupcakes, drinks and goodie bags.

This volunteer opportunity is great for groups! You will get a taste of what it's like to throw awesome parties, Project Birthday style!

Space is limited and this project fills up quickly so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

News from HandsOn Sacramento
Sacramento Region VOAD Animals in Disaster Summit
Sacramento Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) in collaboration with the Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, the American Red Cross Gold Country, Sacramento SPCA, and Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services were proud to present a half-day summit last Wednesday, February 27th at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services Community Room. Panel discussions covered pet rescue, response, sheltering, reunification and recovery. Our keynote speaker is Grant Miller, DVM State Coordinator from California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps.

Sacramento Region VOAD Presents on Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management
On March 12th, Sacramento Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster was honored to present on Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management at the NorCal World Trade Center before a delegation of Disaster Management professionals from the Middle East! Thank you to fellow VOAD members Dawn Dwyer with CA Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries CSB Disaster Relief Ministries and Patricia Davis with the American Red Cross Gold Country Region for sharing the good work that you do!
DOVIA Awards 2019
HandsOn Sacramento was well-represented during  Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA)  Awards on Thursday, March 14th. Mika Guevarra, our Program Coordinator, has just assumed her position in the board as Marketing Chair for DOVIA and Valeri Mihanovich, our Director, was one of the judges for this awarding ceremony. Congratulations to the nominees and winners!

City Year Networking Event
On March 15th, HandsOn Sacramento participated in City Year's Networking Session at University of the Pacific. We shared our insights and lessons we learned as we fulfill our daily work in the nonprofit industry. Best of luck to City Year and congratulations on this successful event!
Project Birthday Receives Soroptimist International of Sacramento North Grant
Project Birthday is honored to be one of the recipients of a $1000 grant from the Soroptimist International of Sacramento North. Other recipients of the grant include Saint John's Program for Real Change, WEAVE Inc., Volunteers of America and Safety Center. Mika Guevarra, Party Coordinator for Project Birthday, received the grant on Project Birthday's behalf last Tuesday, March 26th at Jackson Catering in Fulton Avenue, Sacramento. Proceeds of this grant will support the monthly birthday parties and Birthday in a Box program.


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