Customized Corporate Volunteer Engagement

HandsOn NWNC knows that community involvement can have a big impact on the bottom line as both customers and employees look for companies that have a proven track record of social responsibility.  Benefits include:

-Connects employees to their local communities
-Boosts employee morale and performance
-Recruits and retains the best talent
-Strengthens company reputation in the community
-Creates opportunities for leadership training and team building

HandsOn NWNC will work with your company to design a volunteer experience that matches your goals.  Whether you are looking to expand or enhance employee volunteer activities, prepare associates to serve as effective members on local board of directors, or want to create a one-time, service-based team building activity, we are uniquely positioned to help make community engagement “work” for business. We can source project ideas or manage the entire experience.  Managed service projects range from $50-$75 per volunteer.  Customized packages begin at $500 and can include any combination of the options listed below.


Volunteer Opportunities

Do It Yourself (DIY) Projects projects that can be completed from your home or office whenever convenient.  Project ideas, a list of materials, and instructions are provided.

Project Sourcing a curated list of service projects and sites based on your date, interests, goals, budget, and scope.  Your team will plan and execute the project.


Managed Volunteer Engagement

Onsite Projects service projects at your office, conference or meeting location.  Examples include:

Meal Placemats, estimated budget: $1,000 A great “hands on” activity, this project encourages interaction between volunteers and gives them the opportunity to tap into their creative sides.

Plarn Blankets, estimated budget: $1,500 Plarn is a plastic yarn that is created from plastic shopping bags, “rescuing” them from environment. After a brief training, volunteers crochet this yarn into simple blankets or bed rolls that are distributed both by local police officers as well as local organizations that serve the homeless. The project is spearheaded by the City of Greensboro’s recycling department, in partnership with numerous different organizations.

No-Sew Blankets, estimated budget: $2,000 Create “no-sew” fleece blankets to distribute to various organizations.  An especially timely product for a January service project.

Recipe Card and Cooking Tips Kit, estimated budget: $2,500 Assemble small kits that contain recipes, cooking tips, and other supporting materials.

Trail Mix Bags, estimated Budget: $2,500 Create special trail mix snack bags from ingredients like cereal, snack crackers, dried fruit, and nuts. Volunteers can also create a label with an encouraging message or personalized art to place on the bag.

Calm-Down Kits for Classrooms, estimated budget: $3,000 “Calm-down kits” are small boxes or bags that contain a variety of items that a child can interact with—either alone or with a teacher’s assistance—to help them focus their mental energies, allowing them to de-escalate from a high-anxiety or emotional state.  Volunteers can assemble the kits as well as create personalized, encouraging messages to go into each kit.

Partner Site Projects service projects at a nonprofits or schools.  Locations can be at multiple sites, depending on the number volunteers. Examples include:

School Transformation projects are an excellent choice for large groups and can accommodate multiple, simultaneous service projects at a single school.  Projects can include:  outdoor landscape improvements, creation of outside study and social areas, interior painting, cleaning and/or organizing classrooms.



Mission-Specific projects include sorting and organizing donations (food bank, diaper bank,) assistance with special campaigns and projects, hosting special events (parties, socials) for clients, improving housing for clients (Whole Man Ministry, Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.)




Site Improvements include landscaping, gardening, exterior cleaning, interior painting and decorating, murals that aren’t necessarily tied to the organization’s mission.







HandsOn Board Basics and Leadership Development three hour classes for beginner or seasoned board members.  Content and timing can be tailored to specific issues/concerns.

Nonprofit Board Speed Dating two hour day or evening event for employees interested in serving on a nonprofit board or board committee.  Typically includes 6-8 nonprofits, depending on the number of employees.

Project Blueprint Board Leadership Training five two-hour classes that address the roles and responsibilities of board members.  The sessions closely align with BoardSource’s Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards and culminates with nonprofit board speed dating.

Specialized Training and Consulting  HandsOn NWNC can customize training or advise you on your corporate service or other social responsibility programming.


Volunteer Recognition

Forsyth County Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Sponsorship event honoring outstanding volunteers in over 15 categories.  Attracts approximately 300 volunteers and representatives from nonprofits, businesses, and government.   Multiple sponsorship levels available beginning at $300.

President’s Volunteer Service Awards bronze, silver, or gold packages available based on the number of service hours a volunteer provides within a 12-month period.  Lifetime Achievement recognition also available based on the cumulative number of service hours over a volunteer’s lifetime.


Helpful Resources

How Corporate Volunteer Programs Increase Volunteer Engagement 
Why is Volunteering Good for Your Business
UnitedHealthcare Study Finds Americans Who Volunteer Feel Healthier and Happier