HandsOn Central California, formerly known as the Volunteer Center of Fresno County, Inc., has served the community since 1962. It was founded by a group of community leaders who saw the value of volunteerism as a tool for community change. In 2008, The Volunteer Center became a transformational affiliate of HandsOn Network, and expanded to serve Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, and Tulare counties.
HandsOn Central California INSPIRES, EQUIPS, and MOBILIZES people to take action to serve their communities.
HandsOn Central California's vision is that one day every person will discover their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant democracies around the world.
Feed Hope was an epic event! Community Food Bank, HandsOn Central California, and over 700 community volunteers collaborated to distribute 1.3 million pounds of food in 6 hours!
— Leslie Gacad
Volunteer Coordinator, Community Food Bank
Volunteerism is the heart of the community. HandsOn inspires others to serve by telling the story of those who are serving. HandsOn also appreciates volunteers at our annual Hands Across the Valley Awards held during National Volunteer Week each year to recognize the valley’s outstanding volunteers. We also promote service through media spotlights, and service awards like the daily Point of Light or President’s Award of Service.
HandsOn builds capacity for impactful volunteer experiences at organizations, government agencies, and businesses. HandsOn provides volunteer management training and consultation, and shares information and best practices. HandsOn provides an opportunity for volunteer managers to convene and network through DOVIA, the Business Volunteer Council, and the Power of We. In partnership with California Volunteers, HandsOn prepares people for disaster, teaching organizations and individuals to be prepared – so they can be ready to serve others if and when disaster strikes.
HandsOn Central California serves as a catalyst for mobilizing people to meet community needs. We work with community benefit organizations, government, businesses, schools, law enforcement and community leaders to identify critical community issues and design the volunteer response. National Service is an important component of mobilizing people for service. HandsOn sponsors the AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program; VISTA Operation Graduation; and the Senior Corps program, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for volunteers over age 55. HandsOn mobilizes people for emergency preparedness and disaster response. In partnership with CA Volunteers in the Office of the Governor and local Offices of Emergency Services, HandsOn trains volunteers to assist in running an Emergency Volunteer Center in times of disaster.
HandsOn creates opportunities for people of every age to engage in a lifetime of service. We do this by providing a framework for people to serve others-wherever, however, and whenever they choose. Through our network of organizations and agencies, you can change your community in the following impact areas through service with HandsOn:
- Economic Development
- Environmental Conservation
- Emergency Preparedness
- Equipping people and organizations to effectively volunteer