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Nominations for the 50th Annual 

Hands Across the Valley Awards

are now open!

"We celebrate the selfless individuals around our country who channel their civic virtues through volunteerism... devoted to a cause bigger than themselves.... Volunteers help drive our country's progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility". ~Barack Obama, 2016


Has a volunteer touched your life in a meaningful way?

Has a volunteer made a significant contribution to your organization?


Can’t say enough wonderful things about your amazing volunteers?

Then nominate them for an award!

For the past 50 years, HandsOn Central California has sponsored Hands Across The Valley Awards to recognize volunteers whose commitment and service in the field of volunteerism has had a tangible impact on our communities in the Central Valley. Nothing changes a community for the better like volunteering. Whether organizing a food or clothing drive, securing the safety of neighbors, tutoring children, or cleaning up streets, doing good connects us with others in meaningful ways. And it creates and cultivates a community that cares.


Now is the time to submit your nominations for these change-makers!  Over 250 individuals and organizations have been held up and honored over the past 50 years - take a moment to honor those individuals who help your organizations succeed.  There is no cost to nominate, and all nominees are recognized.  This premier event will be held Wednesday April 25th, 2018 at the Clovis Memorial Building, but nominations must be submitted by February 28, 2018.


You can access a pdf version of the nomination form by by clicking here.


You can access a Microsoft Word Document version of the nomination form by clicking here.


Fill out the application and return it to us via email at,                    fax: (559) 237-6860, or mail 732 N. Van Ness Ave Fresno, CA 93728.


Nominations must be received by February 28, 2018.


This post originally appeared on the Points of Light blog April 21, 2017

Making the Business Case for Employee Volunteering

For companies, building a culture that connects volunteering to a broader organizational mission can require an intentional and sustained effort to engage stakeholders, creating a strong business case and adopting policies and programs supportive of service. Increasingly, leaders in corporate citizenship are building the skill set and experience to translate the importance of engaging employees in service to the vernacular of an executive boardroom. To provide some best practices for companies trying to build volunteer programs, Jenny Lawson, president of networks at Points of Light, and Hannah Christie, environmental, social and governance project manager EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, lay out some of the foundational facts that employee volunteer leaders can use to strengthen their case.

Read the entire article by clicking on the link Here

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