Welcome to Hands On Charlotte's youth service initiative, the VolunTeens program! If you're a high school student interested in performing community service in Charlotte, then you're in the right place!
What is VolunTeens?
Hands On Charlotte’s VolunTeens Program is an exciting and fun student oriented volunteer program offered to high school students. VolunTeens not only participate in service projects; they also develop an understanding of community issues and have the opportunity to grow as leaders in the community. Whether you’re an individual, school club, youth group, sports team, or group of friends, this is a great way to get involved in volunteer service!
How To Sign Up
1. Register an account here with Hands On Charlotte.
2. Complete and return the VolunTeens application. Click here to download the application.
3. Register for a New Volunteer Orientation by emailing Laura Nutty - firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Opportunities for VolunTeens
HomeWork Hounds at Beatties Ford Library - Every Monday from 6pm - 7:30pm
HomeWork Hounds at Sugar Creek Library - Every Tuesday from 6pm - 7pm
Clothe Your Neighbor - 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday Night Live - 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month 6pm - 8pm
Race Against Hunger - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays various times
Game Night at the Laurels - Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm
For the Birds - 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month 9am - 12pm
Frequently Asked Questions
How old do I have to be in order to participate in the HOC VolunTeens program?
The HOC VolunTeens program is for high school students, 14-17 years of age.
Do I have to complete a Background Check and Orientation?
No, HOC VolunTeens are not required to complete a Background Check and Orientation.
I have to complete service requirements for my school. Can my hours be verified or approved?
Yes, of course! If specific forms require signature(s), volunteer leaders and Hands On Charlotte staff are willing and able to approve your hours. If you do not have a form from your school, Hands On Charlotte can provide a service history report for your records.
As a HOC VolunTeen, can I attend projects without a parent or guardian?
Yes and no. Certain volunteer opportunities will allow you to attend without a parent, guardian, or chaperone. Others may not. Opportunities that do not require a parent, guardian, or chaperone will feature this statement in it’s Project Requirements: “Any volunteer under the age of 18 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone unless they are enrolled in the HOC VolunTeens Program.”
Does Hands On Charlotte provide transportation?
No, Hands On Charlotte does not provide transportation. All volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from service sites.
Where is the service site?
Projects take place at the location of the host non-profit organization. Addresses and mapping are provided, via email, upon sign up for a volunteer opportunity.
Can I bring a friend?
Hands On Charlotte welcomes guests. If you intend on bringing a friend/guest to a volunteer opportunity, we ask that you call the office ahead of time with this information. If your friend/guest is under the age of 18 he or she must have a Youth Waiver on file. Encourage your friend to sign up!
What if I can't attend a project I signed up for?
We understand emergencies may arise. If you are unable to attend a project, our policy asks that you inform us within at least 24 hours of the time of the opportunity. We ask you kindly to inform your Volunteer Leader. Contact information for Volunteer Leaders is provided, via email, upon signing up for a volunteer opportunity.
What if I can't make it on time, or if I have to leave early?
We understand volunteers have other commitments. If you are going to arrive late or leave early, we ask that you communicate this with the Volunteer Leader and/or office. Contact information for Volunteer Leaders is provided, via email, upon signing up for a volunteer opportunity.
I can't seem to find something that fits my schedule or interests.
Hands On Charlotte prides itself on its variety of service opportunities and time availabilities. If you cannot find a project that interests you or does not fit your schedule, Hands On Charlotte would love to help! We are always open to suggestions and new ideas to create and improve projects. Please call us at (704) 333-7471 or email us at email@example.com.
If you have any questions regarding VolunTeens, please contact either:
Laura Nutty, VolunTeens Program Manager
(704) 333-7471 ext. 106
Marcel Solomon, Senior Program Manager
(704) 333-7471 ext. 101