Today, civic participation occurs at many levels. We make impactful decisions about our community every time we make a purchase, vote, post on social media and, of course, volunteer. We think any awareness we can bring to the many resources that might spur individual action for good, falls right in line with what we’re up to at HandsOn.
August 4, 2021
YEC is back!
Your Experience Counts (YEC) is a HandsOn program that trains volunteers to best support teachers in under-resourced schools around the Valley. The pandemic put this program on hold, and after a summer of brainstorming ways to safely reengage volunteers in classrooms, we are thrilled to announce YEC is back for the 2021-2022 school year! We have plans to return volunteers to schools in four districts, Balsz, Osborn, Mesa, and Dysart.

The challenges students face have only grown since the pandemic and we are committed to putting volunteers to work where they are needed most. So, in addition to our regular support of 1-8th grade classes, this year we are looking to place volunteers at Mesa Public High for after school support.

We will be requiring all YEC volunteers to be fully vaccinated and to wear face masks to best protect the students, school staff, and themselves.

Supporting Education
We can support education in Arizona in a variety of ways. Check out a few resources for educators, parents, and volunteers.

Resources for educators:

Resources for parents and students:
  • Is your kiddo nervous about going back to school? The CDC has a transition guide to help!
  • Southwest Human Development has at-home lesson plans in English and Spanish for Head Start aged kids.
  • The Cleveland Clinic has tips to help make your kiddos backpack lighter and safer.

For volunteers:
9/11 Day
We are coming up on the 20th Anniversary of September 11 National Day of Service & Remembrance. Stay tuned for our next newsletter where we will share more about our unique community initiatives that will be a part of this tribute!

We are bringing back the nationwide meal pack! Interested in being a support volunteer? Let us know here.
Community Corner

  • The Alliance of AZ Nonprofits has put together a monthly newsletter of resources around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

  • Looking to dive into past issue of the HandsOn Newsletter? We now have an archive on our webpage!

HandsOn Greater Phoenix
Physical Address: 1125 E Southern Ave | Suite 200 | Mesa, AZ 85204
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4107 | Mesa, AZ 85211