What Volunteer Opportunities Can I Post? 

As a nonprofit partner, you can post a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to the Hands On Greater Portland website depending on your needs. Whether you're looking for a skilled volunteer to work on your social media plan or a group of volunteers to help out at an upcoming event, we can help you get the word about your volunteer needs to the thousands of volunteers who visit our website each month.

I'm looking for volunteers to help my organization for more than a single day...

Great! We can help. The majority of our nonprofit partners have ongoing volunteer needs that ask volunteers to commit to special projects, skilled volunteer roles, or other positions that require more than a one-day commitment. Examples might be:

  • Mentorship/tutoring positions
  • In-office volunteers
  • Skilled / Pro Bono volunteers (medical, technical, grant-writing, etc.)
  • Board members
  • Drivers
  • Any position that may require a background check or a multi-day training or orientation

These types of postings are known as Ongoing Referrals on our website, due to their need for an ongoing commitment, and can be found through our extensive Search Page. Volunteers who express interest in these types of postings will be referred directly on to you for follow-up to determine whether they might be a match. 

Any ongoing need you have can be posted to the website for one to six months. Every six months we ask that you review the posting for accuracy and currency before we reactivate it.

I'm looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours at an upcoming event or work party...

Sometimes your organization may need a group of volunteers to come help out on a project or event shift, without requiring that they commit beyond a single day.

These "done-in-a-day" opportunities show up on our Project Calendar, which is incredibly popular among new volunteers looking for an easy way to get engaged without an initial longer-term commitment. 

"Done-in-a-day" projects can show up on our calendar in a few different ways:

Bulletin Board Listings:

Do you need volunteers for an upcoming fundraiser, gala, walk, or run? Are you looking for a group of volunteers to help out with a one-time cleaning/painting/gardening project at your office? Do you have monthly work parties that could use some extra volunteer support?

Most of these annual, one-time, or monthly events will be posted to our website through our daily Bulletin Board. 
The Bulletin Board allows volunteers to browse a digest listing of volunteer events or work parties happening that day that are managed directly by local nonprofits (not by Hands On). Contact information will be included in each listing so that volunteers can get in touch with you directly (via your preferred method -- email, phone, online registration).

Any volunteer need that could use at least three volunteers for done-in-a-day shifts can be submitted for inclusion in the daily Bulletin Board provided that we receive event information at least one month prior to the project or event day(s). Your listing will be posted to the daily Bulletin Board on each day that that volunteers are needed. 

Hands On Managed Calendar Projects:

Do you ever wish you could just have a group of volunteers show up ready to help you sort, clean, weed, serve, engage, pack, or craft each month, without having to jump through the hoops of recruitment, pre-project communication, and volunteer follow-up? Hands On can help!

Hands On Managed Calendar Projects are designed to make volunteering easy -- for both your organization and the volunteers who want to help.

On your end, we can help consult with you about group-based project ideas, and we'll take care of the volunteer piece by managing volunteer sign-ups directly, sending confirmation and reminder emails to volunteers, and tracking hours for those who attend. We'll also place one of our awesome Hands On trained Volunteer Leaders on the project to help support you and the volunteers on the day of the project and manage pre and post project communication. 

For volunteers, all they have to do is sign up with a click of a button (assuming they meet the minimum age requirement) and then show up on the morning of the project ready to lend a hand -- no advanced skill or training required. Hands On Managed projects are by far one of the most popular ways volunteers connect through our Project Calendar
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While all one-time volunteer opportunities are eligible to be posted as calendared referrals, done-in-a-day projects must meet a set of criteria in order to be developed into a Hands On Managed Calendar Project.

Hands On Managed Project Critera

  • Recurring (1-2x/month, 1x/week for at least one season)

  • Project time is 1-4 hours in length

  • Group-based (at least 4 volunteers)

  • Hands-on

  • Directly serves your organization's mission and/or facility (no fundraising activities)

  • Requires no special skills or advance training aside from on-site orientation on the day of the project

As the hosting nonprofit, your organization has the overall responsibility for managing the project specifics: designing the project to meet an important need, arranging to have necessary tools or supplies, providing orientation and/or training to volunteers at the beginning of the project, and being present during the entire project.

The Hands On Volunteer Leader is responsible for managing the volunteers: communicating scheduling information between the your organization and Hands On volunteers, managing project sign-ups, and working with the you to oversee the event itself.

If you're interested in developing a Hands On Managed Project, please be in touch with your Hands On contact to discuss your ideas. 
 

Hands On Special Events:

Throughout the year, Hands On celebrates national and local days of service by making an extra push to mobilize volunteers on done-in-a-day projects throughout the Greater Portland community. During these event days, we post special Hands On Managed Projects that don't need to meet the "recurring" criteria -- so if you have a big painting project, need garden make-over, or have another idea for a hands-on one-time project, special events days are a great way to get those projects done and introduce new volunteers to your organization!

  • MLK Weekend - Third weekend in January

  • Global Youth Service Day - Third weekend in April

  • Comcast Cares Day - last Saturday in April

  • September 11th

  • Make a Difference Day - Fourth Saturday in October

  • Veterans Day - November 11th

  • Family Volunteer Day - Third Saturday in November


Hands On BusinessCares Projects:

In partnering with Hands On, your organization has the opportunity to engage community-minded businesses in meeting your volunteer needs and to create ongoing relationships with corporate partners.

BusinessCares is a fee-for-service program that connects businesses with custom, group-based, done-in-a-day volunteer opportunities for their employees with many of our nonprofit partners. Project criteria is based on that of Hands On Managed Calendar Projects, but projects don't have to be recurring in nature.

To learn more about BusinessCares and add your organization to the list of potential hosts for BusinessCares projects, please contact businesscares@handsonportland.org.