July, 2007

HandsOn is formally incorporated from two pre—existing non-incorporated entities in July, 2007 as Nonprofit and Volunteer Connections and receives our 501(c)3 designation.

October, 2007

Amy Lytle, our first (and current) Executive Director is hired and our first office opens with a desk and a phone in an otherwise empty office at the American Red Cross building on Coliseum Drive, October 8, 2007

October, 2008

Kathy Davis, Program Director, is hired as HandsOn’s second employee, October 2008, and continues to serve in that role to date.

February, 2009

Nonprofit and Volunteer Connections changes its name to HandsOn NWNC to better align with its global network and to recognize its service area beyond Forsyth County, February 2009.

May, 2010

With seed funding from the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, HandsOn launches the Women’s Emerging Leaders program, our first equity-focused program, May 2010, To date, more than 200 women have graduated from the program, and in 2021, five of those alums were serving together on the Women’s Fund Board at the same time.

September, 2010

The first Nonprofit Essentials class is held in conjunction with the newly-formed Institute for Public Engagement (now Office of Civic and Community Engagement) at Wake Forest University in September 2010. HandsOn has had a deep and wide-ranging partnership with Wake Forest University ever since and hundreds of nonprofits have benefitted from the program.

August, 2013

HandsOn is selected as the new host of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in both Forsyth and Stokes County, August 2013, taking it over from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council. HandsOn hires Goldie Irving, a former HandsOn VISTA member, as its RSVP Director. She would remain the director until shortly before HandsOn helped to transition the RSVP Program to LOVE CDC in August 2019.

September, 2014

At the invitation of the Winston-Salem Foundation, HandsOn moves into space in their new building at 751 W. 4thStreet, September 2014.

January, 2015

HandsOn takes over Project Blueprint from the United Way of Forsyth County and welcomes their first cohort in January, 2015. UW had hosted the program for almost 30 years before inviting HandsOn to take ownership of the program.

April, 2021

HandsOn celebrates the single largest programmatic investment in its history from The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in support of three equity-focused programs, April 2021.


ENGAGE the people and organizations that want to make a difference through a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities.

Forsyth County Town Hall annual meeting that provides nonprofits with legislative updates and the opportunity to connect with local delegation members.

Group/Employee Service Opportunities targets high-impact community service opportunities organized and managed for groups and businesses for short-term or one-day.

Monthly E-Newsletter The Nonprofit Connection contains valuable information concerning HandsOn NWNC programs and announcements.

GetConnected an online volunteer matching tool accessed through our website that allows organizations to post volunteer service opportunities and provides volunteers the ability to search for opportunities.

Sterling Volunteers only background check platform tailored to the specific needs of the nonprofit and service sector to make screening volunteers faster, easier, and less costly for nonprofits and volunteers themselves.


EQUIP our community to meet the challenges it faces by providing nonprofits with the resources they need to effectively, impactfully, and sustainably achieve their missions. 

Governance & Management

Building Capacity for Measurement program that helps nonprofits develop or improve evaluation processes in order to determine impact.

Nonprofit Essentials  ten three-hour classes designed to increase the skills of nonprofit staff and board members in governance and operations.

Organizational Assessment identifies strengths and weaknesses in key management and governance areas in order to create a focused plan that prioritizes and addresses challenging issues.

Service Enterprise a national certification model that uses assessment, training, peer learning, and coaching to help nonprofits improve sustainability and growth by incorporating volunteers at all levels of the organization.

Volunteer Engagement Training Program  six half-day modules that provide a comprehensive understanding of the components of a volunteer program.

Women’s Emerging Leaders  ten month program for mid-level female nonprofit staff and Executive Directors of new or emerging nonprofits, that combines Nonprofit Essentials classes with an intensive 2 1/2 day workshop that includes peer learning, networking, and goal setting.

Board Training

HandsOn Board Basics and Leadership Development half-day classes that develop and strengthen board member skills.

Project Blueprint Board Leadership Training five half-day training classes for black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to prepare them to serve on nonprofit boards or board committees.


Chuck Kraft Scholarship full scholarship awarded annually to a staff or board member of a child or youth-centered nonprofit to attend the Nonprofit Essentials, Project Blueprint, Women’s Emerging Leaders or Volunteer Management Training Series Programs.

Helping Hands Scholarship a partial scholarship that pays for one-half the cost of an organization to participate in the Service Enterprise, Building Capacity for Evaluation, or Organizational Assessment program.

Consulting and Outsourcing

Consultant/Vendor Partners

Individual Consultations with HandsOn staff to advise those who are considering starting their own nonprofit.


INSPIRE our community by unlocking the potential of our neighbors and local organizations and celebrating the role that nonprofits and volunteers play in making our community a better place to live, work and serve.

Cabot’s Reward Volunteers Program is a free way to track and log volunteer hours in order to earn rewards for cash or prizes for your volunteer contributions.  The organizations served also have the opportunity to win rewards.

Daily Point of Light Award is a national award for exceptional volunteers who “spark change and improve the world.”

Forsyth County Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards spring event that recognizes and celebrates the work of outstanding volunteers in Forsyth County.

President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognizes volunteers who have achieved a certain required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.