Hands On Hartford

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program is how we involve the public in what we do. Volunteers work with Hands On Hartford in the following ways:

  • Volunteering at HOH’s programs: serving lunch at our soup kitchen, helping clients shop at our pantry, or doing dishes at the Cafe at Fifty-Five are just a few of the ways volunteers help us keep our programs running. To learn more about volunteering at HOH, click here.
  • Customized Service Projects: HOH staff work with leaders from local corporations, faith groups, or schools to plan and implement days of service. Projects are tailored to each groups’ needs depending on time, budget and interests.
  • Immersions: Groups of volunteers spend multiple days engaging in volunteer service, learning about the issues many of our clients face, and enjoying what Hartford has to offer. Perfect for youth groups or Alternative Spring Break trips.
  • Dash for a Difference: This fast-paced one-day event offers volunteers with a unique mix of service learning, education, and cultural experiences. Volunteers are broken down into teams and sent out to explore the sites and cultural gems of Hartford, while also completing service projects. Points are assigned for each project completed and/or site visited. This is a great team-building activity for corporate groups or schools.

Please note, for customized service projects, immersions, and Dash for a Difference events, there is a service fee involved to cover the management of the project and the supplies. For questions or to plan a service day or event, please contact Community Engagement Program Manager Wanda Guzman, at 860-706-1507 or wguzman@handsonhartford.org.

Hartford Thrive! AmeriCorps VISTA Project

The Hartford Thrive! Project is a collaborative initiative led by Hands On Hartford with the Corporation for National and Community Service and involving multiple AmeriCorps VISTA members, with a goal of expanding community efforts to meet the needs and build sustainability in the areas of economic opportunity and access to healthy food for our Hartford neighbors. AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at Hands On Hartford and other local nonprofits to help build capacity.

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement. CNCS engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteer and service efforts.
For more information, visit NationalService.gov.