The Volunteer Connection
Hey Friends!
We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather we are having as we officially hit the 1-year mark into the COVID-19 Pandemic. The welcoming of Spring and the rollout of vaccines are just a few of many things we have to celebrate.

Throughout this year we have learned just how resilient and passionate our community really is! As Global Volunteer Month in April approaches, we'd like to also celebrate all volunteers who have shown up for the community during these tough times.

To learn more about ways to volunteer and get engaged in our community, and find out more about upcoming events, continue reading!

Yours in service,
Amy, Kathy, and Casey

The HandsOn NWNC Team
Youth Engagement Coalition Events

Wednesday, March 17, 4-5 p.m.

The Youth Engagement Coalition is partnering with Crosby Scholars to host a Youth Volunteer Expo for individuals 18 and under. This event is to help youth find volunteer opportunities and connect them with local organizations that value youth engagement. 


Wednesday, April 28, 4-5 p.m.
Limited Capacity

This class provides a basic introduction to advocacy for individuals 18 and under. Topics discussed will include what is/is not advocacy, how can youth get involved in advocacy, and basic tools to start advocating.

Trainer: Deb Marke, Assistant Director, Advocacy and Social Justice Education at The Office of Civic and Community Engagement at Wake Forest University.

In this role, Marke oversees the Social Justice IncubatorBranches Social Justice Retreat, and College Advocacy Summit and coordinates both the Deacs Decide election engagement project and Wake Alternative Break. A Wake Forest alumna, Marke graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science with double minors in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A gifted facilitator, Marke has developed several trainings on intersectional feminist activism, critical community-building, and leadership development. Before making her return to Winston-Salem, Deb served as the Program Coordinator for Leadership and Activism in the Women’s Center at the University of Cincinnati, where she was named Outstanding New Professional and served as the Programming Chair for the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association.

Youth Engage Coalition Updates
The Youth Engagement Coalition is growing! We are happy to welcome one of our newest members to the planning team,

HandsOn is excited to partner with Crosby Scholars as part of the Youth Engagement Coalition (YEC). Created in July 2020, the YEC works to increase and incentivize youth service across our community.

Crosby Scholars, a local nonprofit, mission is to ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college. Crosby Scholars provides over 11,000 middle and high school students with career and college exploration, community service and cultural awareness opportunities, camps, and leadership experiences, advisors, college campus visits, admissions and financial aid workshops for students and families, and awards over $900,000 in scholarships and Last Dollar Grants for college tuition annually – all at no cost!
Registration for young people to become Crosby Scholars is open for 6th-10th Graders through March 15th, 2021.

To learn more about the YEC and how you can get involved, please contact Casey Capstick at HandsOn.

Honoring Volunteers
2021 Forsyth County Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

Thursday, May 6
Time: TBD

Join us on Facebook for a live stream of our annual GVSA event. This yearly event provides an opportunity to honor and celebrate all the hard work our community volunteers have done throughout the year.

Be sure to vote for your favorite GVSA nominee to win the People's Choice Award. Voting opens Monday, March 22 on the Winston-Salem Journal's site

Please consider making a $30 "Virtual Ticket" donation. Your donation will be used to support and honor our 2021 nominated volunteers.

GetConnected News
HandsOn Launches Website Section Dedicated to Equity Resources!

We're excited to share that we've launched a new section of our website dedicated solely to helping volunteers and our nonprofit partners access a variety of racial and other equity resources, especially as it relates to the volunteer ecosystem.

Based on the resources and research included in our "Creating Equitable Environments for Volunteers" document, the new page includes relevant other resources, links to organizations whose missions directly related to racial justice and equity, and related volunteer opportunities (as available.) Similar to our current COVID-19 page, the page is a living document, and we welcome your feedback, comments, and suggestions--especially if you come across a resource or opportunity that you'd like to share!

We have also made a small adjustment to some of the language describing volunteering in GetConnected! Whether you're a volunteer manager posting opportunities or a volunteer searching for opportunities, please be aware of this change.

We used to refer to volunteers who perform workplace consulting such as accounting or marketing as "skilled labor." We now refer to that kind of volunteering as "professional labor." We have made this change out of respect to all of the work volunteers "labor" to produce, since all volunteers are skilled! We hope this shift in language is both more respectful and more clear for our GetConnected users.

If you are an organizational partner, please be sure to update your volunteer needs and your volunteer profile to reflect this change! You can see "professional labor" on the list of interests for the need or user profile. Searching by this category allows volunteers, including those already enrolled in WFU's High-Skill Volunteer Network, to find short-term, high-impact projects where they can lend specific skill sets and professional experience to nonprofits.

If you have any questions about your GetConnected profile or about this change in language, please contact Casey Capstick!
HandsOn Upcoming Events
HandsOn Board Training:
Leadership Development

Tuesday, April 20th, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 27th, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Taught by one of our most popular instructors, this class is geared towards board members who are in leadership positions or who are moving towards leadership roles on nonprofit boards as officers or committee chairs. Topics covered include a review of board officer roles and responsibilities, committee chair accountability, attributes of effective board and committee leaders, board policies, executive committee structure, and responsibilities, key benchmarks for effective boards, a self-assessment leadership instrument, planning processes, and tools, leading and conducting effective meetings, group communications, appraising board and committee effectiveness, and other topics of interest as identified by workshop participants. For the greatest impact from this training, full boards or multiple board members from the same nonprofit are encouraged to attend.

Karl Yena retired from RJR Nabisco, Inc. as Director of Worldwide Organization Development & Training, where he served over 20 years as a senior-level manager providing consulting services to RJR corporate and operating company management on a national and international (over 30 countries) basis in the areas of strategic and operational planning, organizational analysis, staffing structure, training, and leadership development. Now in his "second act," Karl works annually with over 100 nonprofits in North Carolina. He provides on-going mentoring/coaching to several current Executive Directors and assistance to municipalities, churches, civic organizations/associations, and non-profits in a wide variety of governance and functional areas.

Cost: $50 for Supporting Partners, $60 for all others

Not sure if your organization is a Supporting Partner? Please check Join/Give Now on our website or call 336-724-2866. If payment is a barrier to your organization's participation in this program, please contact us. We want to ensure that small, grassroots organizations and those led by people of color can benefit from these sessions.

5 consecutive Tuesdays
May 4 – June 1, 9-12 p.m.
Cost $75/person

Project Blueprint is designed to provide members of the BIPOC community with the skills necessary to be successful board members. The program consists of a series of 5 training sessions that cover topics that align with the book, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, published by BoardSource, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to increasing nonprofit board governance. 
Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 23rd. Class size is limited to ensure a high-quality experience and more meaningful networking.  

"These classes are eye-openers to/for potential board members."
"The information helped me with overall leadership skills."

How YOU Can Help HandsOn
In so many ways, the last year has brought significant challenges to all of us--individually, collectively, and, especially, as a community of nonprofits and volunteers. Now, perhaps more than ever, we're seeing the critical contributions of VOLUNTEERS and the work they do in our community. In many ways, these stories of service have served as inspiration and "points of light" in otherwise dark times. HandsOn would like to raise $2,500 that will be used to support and honor our volunteers. Please help us celebrate our amazing Governor's Volunteer Service Award nominees and all volunteers who have selflessly served the community during the last year, by making a donation in their honor.

We'll be happy to send a card to your honoree acknowledging this gift in their name. Please contact us if you have questions or would like more details. Thank you for your consideration!
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