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Flex Projects are recurring projects in support of various nonprofits and are led by trained Hands On Volunteer Leaders. Flex Projects don't require an ongoing commitment, giving our volunteers the chance to explore a variety of opportunities that impact our community. Portable Projects are our most flexible volunteer opportunities. Portable projects can be done at home or work, as an individual or with a group of friends/colleagues. These managed projects are the core of our programming.

#Project Occurrences...162 #Participants................895 #Hours Served.............2,006

#Projects .................54 #Participants............824 #Hours Served..........5,801

It was a wonderful experience. My daughter and I and our friends felt very welcome, and were able to learn more about "Teacher's Pet" and Hands On Asheville-Buncombe’s work to support our schools. Would do it again in a heartbeat!! ~ "Teacher’s Pet" Volunteer

MLK Day is an opportunity for our community to answer Dr. King's question, "What are you doing for others?" On January 21, 323 volunteers of all ages gathered to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. by participating in our annual MLK InterGenerational Day of Service in collaboration with Land of Sky Regional Council.

On October 28, Hands On managed a large-scale corporate service day for NTCA. NTCA employees and neighbors from the nearby Biltmore Lake community served more than 400 hours to transform the Enka Middle School campus. Multiple landscaping, painting, and educational projects saved the school over $8000!

After much shopping, packing, sorting and distributing... the collective result of our Back-to-School Supply Drive helped support a record 1,101 students! 41 volunteers contributed an incredible 150+ service hours. Significant donations from generous individuals, families, civic groups and local businesses helped make the drive a tremendous success. The value of these donations equaled more than $66,000! These fully-stocked backpacks relieved a financial burden for many low-income families, and enabled 1,101 young students attending 51 schools to start the school year on a more level playing field. Special thanks to all volunteers and donors who participated!

Hands On Asheville-Buncombe offers a professional development program for local volunteer coordinators. This includes free quarterly lunch and learns, as well as fee-based workshops to share best practices with coordinators. Hands On also trains volunteer coordinators to use our Connect database to manage their volunteer efforts.

This training is really helpful as we move in the direction of strengthening our volunteer program, learning ways to retain volunteers, and ultimately serve our clients better. ~ Lunch & Learn Attendee

#Trainings................. 21 #Participants.............270 #Hours Attended......552

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is committed to reducing the impact of poverty on people's lives and working to make our community stronger by improving the education, income and health of our neighbors. United Way has created a focused initiative serving as a backbone organization connecting city and county schools, out of school providers and volunteers. Community School is a nationally recognized and effective strategy to reduce the impact of poverty. It supports the academic and social achievement of students, the stability of families, and the vitality of the surrounding community.


147 volunteers 709 hours of volunteer service 200 parent and community members engaged 90 students currently enrolled in programming 8 afterschool opportunities: Yoga Club, Knitting Club, Creative Writing, Girls In Charge, Colburn Science, Zumba Dance, Roots + Wings, and Jets in Motion - Literacy nights through the Literacy Council focusing on financial, computer, and adult reading literacy - Healthy Living Nights and produce distribution in partnership with the YMCA’s Healthy Living Mobile Market - Family Fun Night sponsored by Trader Joes!

Collection of bedding and hygiene products for families in need

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Unique Volunteers


Children & Youth Education Health & Wellness Hunger & Homelessness Civic & Community Family Services Other

Hands On Asheville-Buncombe 2014 Impact Report  
Hands On Asheville-Buncombe 2014 Impact Report