Our Mission

Hands On Charlotte's mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize a diverse corps of volunteers to strengthen our community.

Our Vision

Hands On Charlotte envisions a community in which everyone has discovered their power to make a difference and found opportunities to improve the community's civic health.

Who We Are

Hands On Charlotte is a nonprofit volunteer service organization. We promote volunteerism and direct community service to meet Charlotte's most critical needs. Our mission is to strengthen our community and enrich lives by mobilizing a diverse corps of citizens in direct, volunteer service.
Founded in 1991, Hands On Charlotte is a charter member of the HandsOn Network. The Network expands and supports an international, innovative alliance of volunteer organizations working to build community through service and civic engagement. There are more than 200 HandsOn Network affiliates in the United States and abroad. With proven models for successful civic engagement, the HandsOn Network strives to continue developing entrepreneurial strategies for bridging community resources and needs. Network affiliates deliver real and measurable community impact by mobilizing volunteers to participate in flexible, creative, individual and team based hands-on service.

What We Do

Throughout the year, Hands On Charlotte provides direct volunteer service to the Charlotte community. We help homeless families, guide at-risk youth, tutor disadvantaged children, feed the hungry, care for our environment and so much more. Our volunteers address our community's most pressing needs through direct service.
Hands On Charlotte offers a variety of meaningful volunteer projects that benefits the citizens of Charlotte. We provide volunteers with flexible volunteer opportunities to create positive change. We simplify the process by organizing and promoting hundreds of volunteer opportunities to make community service accessible to all.

Our Five Core Values

  1. We believe that people drive change.
  2. We believe volunteer service is at the heart of citizenship.
  3. We believe community needs are best met by a diverse corps of volunteers.
  4. We believe collaboration and partnerships are essential to success.
  5. We believe innovation drives results.

Additional Information

For additional information about Hands On Charlotte, please see our 2009 990-EZ Form and our 501(c)3 letter

Directions to Our Offices

The HOC office is located in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood at 1616 Central Avenue, which is on the corner of Central Avenue and The Plaza. (Across the street from the Plaza-Midwood Library.) We are on the second floor of the Wells Fargo Bank Building, but we have a separate entrance that is not the same as the bank entrance. Our entrance is located on the side of the building directly on Central Avenue. Click here to see our location on Google Maps.


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