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.

February 17, 2023

Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Radom Acts of Kindness Day is a way to celebrate the little moments that add up to make a brighter big picture. Take the day to do something that will bring joy to your parent, coworker, spouse, or a stranger! Today is the day to make kindness the norm.

Want to do something kind for someone but don't know where to start? Take a look at these 50 ideas to spread kindness in your community!

Celebrating Black History

The best way to celebrate black history is to learn black history. We use technology every day that was created by black innovators for their time. From the ironing board to automatic elevator doors, black inventors have shaped technology in the United States for generations. Learn about 8 inventions that make our daily lives easier all thanks to black inventors that shaped US history.

Pictured above Sarah Boone the inventor of the improved ironing board. Boone was one of the first black women to receive a patent in the US in 1892. Boone's version of the ironing board shaped the design for current day ironing boards to best fit women's dresses and pant leg shapes.

Volunteer Fair

Come on out to the Volunteer Fair hosted by the Department of Economic Security!

Learn ways that you can get involved in the community with 35 nonprofits showcasing the opportunities to serve the causes that mean the most to you. While you are browsing the selection be sure to stop by the HandsOn table to say hello and quite possibly learn more ways to get involved in our programs. The fair will also have music, entertainment and food trucks!

Date: Saturday, February 25th

Time: 11 am- 2 pm

Location: Ability 360

Conference Center Building

5025 E. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85034

PVSA Awards

Get your service on! This year HandsOn is participating in the President's Volunteer Service Awards. Starting January 2023 until December 2023 try to achieve bronze, silver, or gold for your age bracket. Get a head start and find your next volunteer project!

Age Group





Ages 5-10

26 - 49 hours

50 - 74 hours

75+ hours


Ages 11-15

50 - 74 hours

75 - 99 hours

100+ hours

Young Adults

Ages 16-25

100 - 174 hours

175 - 249 hours

250+ hours


Ages 26+

100 - 249 hours

250 - 499 hours

500+ hours

Have you been a long-time volunteer? Aim for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Obtain 4,000+ hours of service over all your years to receive this prestigious award!

HandsOn History

HandsOn volunteers have been lifting up the community for 30 years!

In honor of HandsOn Greater Phoenix's 30th anniversary, we are sharing our favorite moments and fondest memories from the past three decades.

Please join us as we walk down memory lane in each newsletter of 2023!

This week we are highlighting one of our early shelter-based education programs, Read to Me. Read to Me introduced children from homeless shelters to the joy of reading at an early age. Volunteers would engage children in activities that developed their thinking skills and sparked their imagination.

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