Want to change the world?

Get started right here in our community.

Hands On Charlotte will connect you with a volunteer opportunity that makes a meaningful, rewarding change in the Charlotte area. Build a house. Tutor a child. Care for abandoned pets. Build hiking trails. Lead a volunteer group. Join a nonprofit Board.

Whether you are working, parenting, in school or retired, Hands On Charlotte offers you a variety of ways to get involved while meeting your schedule and interests. Volunteer for a one-time project. Volunteer for a few weeks. Volunteer after work or on the weekends. Volunteer alone, with family, friends or co-workers.

When you volunteer with Hands On Charlotte, you join people from all backgrounds and experiences. You get a chance to explore issues that shape our community and develop your leadership and job skills. Get connected. Get more done. Have fun. You might even change the world.

Hands On Charlotte is a program of United Way of Central Carolinas.

Founded in 1991, Hands On Charlotte is a charter member of the HandsOn Network, an enterprise of Points of Light. The Network includes more than 200 affiliate volunteer action centers in the United States and around the world.

Our mission: To inspire, equip and mobilize a diverse corps of volunteers to strengthen our community. We do this by creating and managing flexible volunteer opportunities for individuals and companies, connecting them with service projects that have meaningful impact.

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.

Our core values: We believe that:
• People drive change
• Volunteer service is at the heart of citizenship
• Community needs are best met by a diverse corps
• Collaboration and partnerships are essential to success
• Innovation drives results

Our five Es: We work with partner agencies that address a wide variety of community needs, with primary emphasis on the following focus areas:
• Education and student performance
• Economic prosperity
• Enrichment of our social and cultural fabric
• Environmental sustainability
• Emergency preparedness and recovery