On this page we list free resources for individuals and groups to contact partner agencies directly. Please note Hands On Charlotte does not manage or track hours for these opportunities.

If you are interested in having Hands On Charlotte manage a customized project (team-building, large day of service, etc.), please contact our Associate Director Bob Young to learn more about our All Hands managed packages. (Please know that there is a fee for setting up All Hands projects or programs.)

If you are looking for ideas to set up projects for youth groups, please visit generationON.

Instructions for posting opportunities are at the bottom of this screen.

Partner Agency Contacts for Groups

Crisis Assistance Ministry
500-A Spratt Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Contact: Karla Emery
704.371.3001 ext. 147

Habitat for Humanity
Various Locations
Contact: Rachel Eldridge

Mecklenburg County Park & Rec
Various locations
Contact: Lori Saylor

Promising Pages
near South End
Contact: Tiffany Allen

Second Harvest Food Bank
500-B Spratt Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
Contact: Nancy Hagerman

Special Events

Walk to End Lupus Now™ Charlotte is in need of volunteers on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 6:00 am – 3:00 pm. It requires over 100 volunteers to make our Walk to End Lupus Now a success.   Volunteer jobs range from setting up table, handing out refreshments, finish line cheerleaders and cleaning up after the event.  Stay for a shift or all day.
Location: Belk Plaza at Central Piedmont Community College 425 North Kings Drive Contact charlottewalkvolunteers@lupusnc.org to sign up today.

Sunday, May 7, 2017  
Shifts: 11:30 - 2:30pm & 2pm – 5pm
Open Street Events bring together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close streets to car traffic and open them up for people to walk, bike, and engage in Family Friendly activities.  These events are more than a street festival, they give residents an opportunity to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe, fun, and family-friendly way. Volunteers will help with set up, take down, surveys, crowd control and clean up. Contact Lori.saylor@mecklenburgcountync.gov for a schedule of events and Volunteer opportunities.
How would you like some good old fashion volunteering?  The Lupus Foundation of
American, NC Chapter
needs able bodies to load and unload a moving truck full of materials for our Walk to End Lupus Now events.  Volunteers will be needed for a few hours at 10 am on April 21 & 24, May 5, 8, 19, 22. Located at 4530 Park Road, Suite 302. Call 704-716-5640 ext. 4 to sign up today.

Dance Event Volunteer: Do you like to plan events? Do you have a passion for dance (Hip Hop/Step)? Arising Youth International is hosting its very first major event in June 2017. To make this event successful, we need you! AYI volunteers participate in the preparation and implementation of events throughout the year. Whether you have a lot of experience, or a little. Whether you have a lot of time, or a little. Please consider volunteering to support this upcoming cultural event in Charlotte. Please contact Terrence Owens at terrenceo@arisingyouthinternational.net with any questions.

On-going Opportunities

The Lunch Project is looking for a volunteer Educator to implement our cutting-edge literacy based TLP Empathy Education one-hour long curriculum in local classrooms and child-serving organizations here in Charlotte. Looking for individuals with background in education and/or comfort with public speaking and child engagement. Training for curriculum will be provided in Charlotte. TLP empowers communities to change their world by supporting school programs in Tanzania and inspiring service in all children. For more information please contact Evelyn at evelyn@thelunchproject.org.

The Lunch Project is looking for a Finance Committee Chair who will oversee the Finance Committee and develop an annual operating budget to meet TLP’s operational and programmatic needs.  This individual will set long-range financial goals and develop multi-year budgets that integrate strategic planning objectives and initiatives. TLP empowers communities to change their world by supporting school programs in Tanzania and inspiring service in all children. For more information please contact Evelyn at evelyn@thelunchproject.org.

The Lunch Project is looking for a Marketing Committee Chair who will oversee the Marketing Committee and develop an annual marketing strategy and provide ongoing channel management oversight. This individual will also coordinate efforts and marketing strategies related to website, social media and other marketing campaigns. TLP empowers communities to change their world by supporting school programs in Tanzania and inspiring service in all children. For more information please contact Evelyn at evelyn@thelunchproject.org

Promising Pages is looking for volunteers to process the 2,000-5,000 donated books they receive each week. Operations Center near SouthEnd hours are: Mondays 10 am -1 pm, Tuesdays 11 am -2 pm, Wednesdays 5 pm - 8 pm and Thursdays 1 pm – 4 pm.  The warehouse ideally accommodates 5 to 20 volunteers per shift. Be prepared to sort books into conditions and age appropriate categories. We will also be cleaning some of the books. (80-85% of our books are repurposed so we make sure they are sanitized before giving them to new kids.) For more information contact tiffany@promisingpages.com

American Red Cross is looking for Blood Services Transportation Specialist to transport tested blood and blood products to area hospitals.  The volunteer will drive a Red Cross vehicle and can choose the time they would like to volunteer in this position.  They will be trained on the paperwork and the route they will be driving.  Preferred commitment is 2 shifts a month for 4 hours or 1 shift a month for 8 hours. For more information please contact Tamrah Jordan at Tamrah.jordan@redcross.org.
American Red Cross is looking for Blood Donor Ambassadors to welcome and greet donors, assist with initial intake, answer questions, re-schedule appointments, and attend to donors in the Hospitality Area.  Preferred commitment is 1 shift per month.  For more information please contact Tamrah Jordan at Tamrah.jordan@redcross.org.
American Red Cross is looking for Disaster Action Team (DAT) Volunteers to serve the community to help prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters within the community.  A DAT team member is a team of trained Red Cross volunteers that respond to the scene of a disaster to deliver Red Cross services.  DAT volunteers ease the difficulties of people unexpectedly overwhelmed by disasters. You will be called to engage with clients, first responders and the public.  To be a DAT member you must be 18 years of age and in good health.  You must be able to be on-call for a block of time each month.  For more information please contact Tamrah Jordan at Tamrah.jordan@redcross.org..

Shamrock Gardens Elementary is recruiting volunteers to lead structured games at lunch recess.  Currently, Meck County is providing a representative from Parks and Rec one day a week to facilitate games.  Our goal is to expand the support and have volunteers present each day of the week.  There are six, 30-minute recess periods, from 10:45 - 2:10.  We'll take as little or as much time as you can give, as seldom or often as you can.  No physical education experience necessary, just a willingness to have fun.   Please contact School Leadership Team member Jordan Abshire at jordanabshire1@gmail.com or 704-817-8272.

Are you looking to be an integral part of the success of young adults in Mecklenburg county? The Relatives On Ramp program is looking for a dedicated and passionate volunteer to teach our GED Prep classes. These classes are to assist clients 16-24 years old in preparing to take the GED test. Classes are currently held Monday & Thursdays 11:30am-1:30am but times are flexible. Once the tutor and client agree that the client is prepared to take the test, On Ramp staff will assist the client in registering for the test and pay the fee for the client. If interested, please contact the Program Supervisor, Chiquita Patterson, at cpatterson@therelatives.org or 704-501-8245.

Hospitality House of Charlotte (HHOC) is a nonprofit organization that provides a place to stay for families who are in medical crisis in Charlotte area hospitals. We are looking for a volunteer to come into the office once or twice a week for a few hours and help us enter guest survey data into our system. Volunteer needs to be computer/excel literate and have good attention to detail. Your work will help us give families a home away from home when they need it most. Contact Christine Green at: cgreen@hospitalityhouseofcharlotte.org / www.hhocharlotte.org

Charlotte's high-poverty students and schools need the community's help, and volunteering with Heart Math Tutoring is a fun, effective way to make a difference with only 30 minutes or 1 hour per week from late September through May.  With the support of an on-site coordinator, volunteers use an easy-to-follow, proven curriculum to provide one-on-one math instruction to 1st-5th graders featuring hands-on activities and games. Please see www.hearttutoring.org for the variety of locations, days, and time slots.  For more information on helping with the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Padgett Sullivan at padgett.sullivan@hearttutoring.org 

Instructions for Posting

Hands On Charlotte will post volunteer opportunities for 501c3 non-profit organizations. Please limit your posting to 100 words or less and email to dougm@handsoncharlotte.org.
Postings should be formatted so all text appears in one paragraph like those above. We will only add two hyperlinks per post for websites and/or email addresses. We can provide links to websites and/or email addresses. We need at least 10 days notice for an event. We typically update this page on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Each agency can post up to three different volunteer opportunities. Postings are listed for 120 days, in order to renew the posting you need to follow up and tell us how many volunteers were referred through this site.