Youth and Family Friendly Volunteering

We encourage youth to volunteer independently and for families to volunteer together! We offer many opportunities for engagement, depending on the requirements of each nonprofit's project.

Youth programming news:
HandsOn has been in strategic re-visioning over the past year. We are excited about our direction and are beginning to build out some new models. HandsOn has offered a variety of opportunities for youth to engage, including the direct youth programming: TeenImpact and Youth Philanthropy Project. After careful consideration, HandsOn will not continue those two models in 2017. We will still have opportunities for youth to connect to projects on our site, but will no longer offer direct youth programming.
We believe that this strategic move will afford us the time and focus to scale youth engagement in our region. Over the years, our direct programming with youth has been an incredible and powerful learning experience for our staff and the youth participants, but we believe we can do more. 
Building on our curriculum and experience working directly with youth, we are developing strategies to build new models of youth service programming. Our shifting philosophy aims to strengthen systems, share best practices, launch training programs, and explore technology portals that will engage more youth, families and our community partners.  
We stand by the belief that youth are powerful change agents and we are excited for youth and families to engage in our collective community. 

Volunteer Postings On the Site

Each post will indicate if you can sign up and reserve a slot right away, or if you will need to express interest to the nonprofit, who will then contact you to schedule you to serve. You can further narrow your search using the green search filters there as well.

Remember--youth, just like every other volunteer, must be registered for any opportunities they will attend. Remember to click the "sign up / express interest with a team" link at the bottom of each opportunity.


What does "minimum age" and "minimum age with an adult" mean?

The "minimum age" is the youngest age a youth can be to sign up and participate without an adult volunteer.

"Minimum age with adult" is the youngest age a youth must be signed up with a parent, guardian or responsible adult as a team.

Most of the time, groups volunteering with kids will need to create a team to volunteer together. 

What if I'm under 13?

Volunteers under the age of 13 are not able to sign up for individual accounts with email through our website due to the Federal Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Parents or other responsible adults will need to create a team to volunteer with and sign up with children under 13.

When do I need a youth waiver?

If you see this logo:

At any HandsOn Managed projects, volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a youth waiver signed by a parent or guardian. The waiver will be on your confirmation page and in the confirmation email after you sign up.

Download the Youth Waiver. Bring the signed waiver with you on the day of the project.