Getting Started with Family Volunteering

Hands On Charlotte greatly values our young volunteers! Children (ages 6 to 17) are welcome to volunteer at designated projects with a parent. Our family program requires that parents actively volunteer with their children the entire length of the project.

We provide lots of resources for youth groups on the Bulletin Board page. Youth groups are not eligible for our monthly calendar opportunities.

Step 1: Register

To sign up for projects or express interest to receive contact information on opportunities, you must first be registered on this site.

Step 2: Attend an Orientation

Attend a Parent Volunteer Orientation. This is a very different session than the New Volunteer Orientation. We will only create family teams for those that attend the Parent Volunteer Orientation.

At the orientation you will fill out a Youth Waiver so we can create your family team. Please do not try to create your own team.

Step 3: Pay Volunteer Engagement Fees

Volunteers pay the engagement fee, $20 per adult and $10 per child. Everyone receives an HOC t-shirt. Volunteers pick up the t-shirts at the orientation session.


Volunteer Engagement Fee (one HOC t-shirt per person)
Volunteer's Name
Volunteer's Email Address


Extra HOC T-Shirts


Step 4: Background Check for Adults

We process background checks on adult family team members AFTER you complete the orientation.

Step 5: Sign Up

Once your background check has been cleared, look for family friendly volunteer opportunities using our Volunteer Opportunity Calendar. Once you have found something that you wish to attend, choose "Or Sign Up With A Team" to the right of the Sign Up button at the bottom of the opportunity description page. On the next page you will choose which team you want to sign up. You will be automatically signed up for that project and will receive a confirmation e-mail containing all of the information you will need. Be sure to only sign up those individuals who will be in attendance for the project.

Here's a link to a video that describes the process in more detail:
Signing up Family

Please call the office if you have questions or if you are having a difficult time with this process. 704-333-7471