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The Mission of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina

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HandsOn NWNC mobilizes the people and organizations that inspire community change.


The Goals of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina

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  • Equip nonprofits with the skills and resources needed to be effective and efficient
  • Engage citizens in service for the greater good of the community.
  • Connect nonprofits, volunteers, businesses, schools, and churches to each other to foster strong collaboration
  • Inspire meaningful change in our community through service and innovation.
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The Programs of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina

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HandsOn works to increase the level of civic engagement in our community by building a strong infrastructure around community volunteering. At the same time, we work to ensure transformational service opportunities for both volunteers and the organizations that engage them. How do we engage more than 4,500 volunteers in service each year? We...

  • Serve as the sponsoring local organization for the national Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national service initiative that encourages those 55 and over to volunteer by providing them with special benefits.
  • Work to raise the visibility of volunteering and the power of volunteers to change communities. We'd love to come speak to your company, church or civic organization about our work! Just let us know when and where!
  • Create special initiatives and collaborations that increase the participation in service of traditionally under-engaged populations, especially residents in low-income communities, youth, and seniors (through RSVP.)

HandsOn also works to create a strong nonprofit sector by providing a variety of resources, training, and other opportunities that nonprofits need to meet their missiosn more effectively and efficiently. Our signature traning and leadership development opportunities offer something for everyone--whether for leaders, staff, volunteers, or the organization as a whole. Examples include:

  • Providing programming, information, assessment tools, and referrals on a wide variety of topics related to development, support, and capacity-building for individual nonprofits here. We also encourage nonprofits to list their activities on the Arts Council's City of the Arts community calendar, to help reduce the scheduling of conflicting events in our community. (The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is a Supporting Partner of HandsOn NWNC.)
  • Creating and marketing a wide variety of professional development and training opportunities, often in partnership with local nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit consulting experts. We also facilitate mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, and leadership development opportunities for both nonprofit staff and board members. To make sure you're getting all of our updates, be sure to sign up for The NonProfit Connection, our montly e-newsletter.


We want to shine a spotlight on things volunteers and nonprofits accomplish every day behind the scenes, inspiring them to greater heights. We celebrate the role that nonprofits and volunteers play in making our community a better place to live, work, and serve. To do this, we:

  • Serve as a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Awards, and provide this additional recognition for qualified RSVP volunteers and Governor's Awards nominees each year.
  • Offer the High Five Award program which recognizes outstanding innovation in our local nonprofit sector.
  • Encourage collective advocacy on behalf of the nonprofit sector as a whole.



Staff Descriptions

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Amy Lytle became the first Executive Director of HandsOn Northwest North Carolina in October 2007, bringing with her over ten years of professional nonprofit management experience. Amy came to HandsOn from The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, where she served as Assistant Director for more than eight years and was the lead staff member providing training and technical assistance to the nonprofits with which the Center worked. She has developed and presented workshops throughout the state of North Carolina on a variety of volunteer management and nonprofit governance topics. In the past, Amy served on the board of ncyt , a statewide organization of young, non-profit professionals, and as President of NCAVA, the North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administrators, and continues to serve as a volunteer with numerous other professional, educational, nonprofit, and community groups. Amy is also proud to be a founding member of the Fondue Fund, a Triad-wide giving circle comprised of diverse young women that merged with The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem in 2010, with whom she nows serves as a member of its Leadership Development committee. For all of these efforts, Amy was honored to be recognized in 2006 as one of the Forty Leaders Under 40 by the Triad Business Journal. Amy graduated from Guilford College, received her CAVNC (Certified Administrator of Volunteers in North Carolina) credential from NCAVA in 2001 and graduated from Duke University's Certificate Program in NonProfit Management in 2003.

Kathy Davis started with HandsOn NWNC as Program Director in October 2008 to lead our capacity-building efforts. A Winston-Salem native, Kathy has an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She has extensive experience building capacity with small nonprofits and governments from nine years of community and economic development work in upstate South Carolina where she wrote grants and managed infrastructure, housing, building renovation and construction projects.  Kathy also has experience in budgeting and program evaluation from her tenure with the City of Charlotte.  She has a certification in community development from the University of Central Arkansas's Community Development Institute and spent several years helping local nonprofits in the Charlotte area with grant writing and project development. 

Goldie Irving began her role as RSVP Director in August 2013 to lead this senior volunteer program, after completing her year of service as our 2012-2013 VISTA member. Goldie is a Norfolk, Va. native who has lived in Winston-Salem for 25 years.  She has a BA in Organizational Management  from Ashford University, and certificates in Non-Profit Management  from both Duke University and Wake Forest University's  Institute of Public Engagement. She has extensive experience working with grassroots organizations, churches, and non-profit  groups to help build both organizational and community capacity.  Goldie also has experience in community building and race relations. She has served in leadership roles as a team member on both the HealthCare and Mortgage Foreclosure Mitigation and Prevention teams with the local Industrial Area Foundations affiliate C.H.A.N.G.E. (Citizens Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment).  Goldie has spent several years as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church, helping congregates build relationships within the low-wealth neighborhood where they worship and serve. In her current role, Goldie endeavors to bring attention to the awesome asset senior volunteers are to non-profit  organizations in both Forsyth and Stokes County. She wants to highlight  the difference that hundreds of senior volunteers make to the many people they serve while volunteering at non-profit organizations in these two counties. Goldie will also be working closely with station leaders to increase the effectiveness of the RSVP progam in strengthening their own volunteer efforts.

Brittney Albert

Brittney Albert joined the HandsOn NWNC team as the first ever Program and Marketing Assistant in July 2016. She came to HandsOn from Family Services, Inc., where she served as a Victim Advocate for three-and-a-half years, working with individuals and families who had been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Brittney is a Zionville, NC native who has lived in the Winston-Salem area for nine years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at UNC-Greensboro. Brittney is also a graduate of HandsOn NWNC’s Women’s Emerging Leaders and Project Blueprint programs and has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute. Apart from HandsOn, Brittney has a passion for animal welfare and educating others about the benefits of animal companionship and therapy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center and the Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network.


2016 Board Listing

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Name TItle Company
Andy Brewer Computer Analyst/Programmer Wake Forest Baptist Health
Jennifer Cobb Director of Education and Business Volunteer Services Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Shawan Gabriel President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Forsyth and Davie Co.
Sharon Hamilton Community Volunteer Retired CFO, United Way of Forsyth County
Sonny Haynes Attorney Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice
Matt Hearn CFC, CFP Cannon Wealth Management
Beth Hoover-DeBerry Assistant Director of Education Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Andrea Hulighan Program Officer Winston-Salem Foundation
Marianne Magjuka Director of Civic Engagement, Global Service, and Justice Programs
Wake Forest University--Pro Humanitate Institute
Daisy Rodriguez Director of Childhood Hunger Programs Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC
Renee Rogers Program Director Forsyth Technical Community College's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program
Jamilla Shepperson Research Associate

Winston-Salem State University--

School of Education

Renee Shipko Community Engagement Liaison
Truliant Federal Credit Union
Natalie Webb Compensation Consultant Wells Fargo
Brandon West Attorney Bennett and West


HandsOn NWNC History

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HandsOn NWNC has its roots in two separate unincorporated initiatives – NonProfit Connections and Volunteer Connections. In 2007, the two quasi-organizations merged to become NonProfit and Volunteer Connections (NPVC). Then, in August 2008, NPVC adopted the HandsOn name, to more closely align with one of its national networks. At that time, we also expanded our service area to Surry, Yadkin, Davie and Davidson counties. In 2010, at the request of local nonprofit leaders there, we added Stokes County to our service area.

NonProfit Connections was originally created to help build and strengthen the capacity of nonprofits in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Its goal was to provide area nonprofits with the tools to fulfill their missions and ultimately enhance the vitality of our community. NonProfit Connections provided information, assessment tools, and referrals on a wide variety of topics related to development, support, and capacity-building for individual nonprofits and the local nonprofit community as a whole. It was a funders' collaborative that indirectly employed a part-time staff person.

Volunteer Connections evolved out of the work of the volunteerism committee of the ECHO (Everyone Can Help Out) Council, which was spearheaded by the Winston-Salem Foundation in 2003 to work as a promoter, incubator, facilitator, and advocate for social capital. (In 2009, ECHO was spun off as an independent nonprofit, but remains co-located with HandsOn.) Volunteer Connections’ mission was to serve as a focal point for mobilizing and connecting both new and established volunteers and leaders and for engaging them in activities that strengthen and unite our community. In February 2007, Volunteer Connections launched its web site designed to match volunteers and nonprofits in Forsyth County. Until the merger, it was a volunteer-led group that was supported by a consultant.

Combining the two organizations created a single entity devoted to building a stronger and more engaged community by improving the effectiveness of nonprofits and connecting volunteers with opportunities for meaningful community service. The merger allowed for the opening of a dedicated office and the hiring of full-time staff for the first time in October 2007.

HandsOn NWNC continues the work and goals of its two predecessor groups while working to expand services into other counties to the north and west of Forsyth County.


Location and Directions

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Since September 2014, HandsOn’s offices are co-located with The Winston-Salem Foundation in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem at 751 West Fourth Street, Suite 200, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-2702.  Please call and make an appointment before visiting to ensure that staff will be available to meet with you. Since our move, the majority of our workshops and meetings take place in the Burress Family Center for Philanthropy, on the 3rd floor of our building. Free parking is available for workshop and meeting attendees in a lot directly across 4th St., at the corner of 4th and Broad St. Other locations we periodically use include Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Dr, Winston-Salem, and Salemtowne, 1000 Salemtowne Dr., Winston-Salem. In Stokes County, workshops are usually held at the libraries in either King or Danbury.