Fall has arrived, the new Hands on DC Executive Committee has been formed and students are already well into the school year. That can only mean one thing–the next Hands on DC event of this, our 20th year, is right around the corner!
We are excited to announce that the Hands on DC Fall 2013 Work-a-thon will be held Saturday, November 23 at various locations in Washington, DC!
Volunteers from around the area will be descending upon four to five school sites to paint, refurbish and beautify selected DC public schools. We will be sending out more details about specific sites in the coming days, but in the meantime, follow the link here to read more about how you, your friends and family can all become part of this memorable experience. It is an opportunity to contribute both to your community and to the academic success of young students in the area.
So far we have had good turnout, but we need to turn those potential volunteers into confirmed volunteers!
For more information consult the registration website or contact:
Kristen and Natasha, Volunteer Management Co-Chairs
As an all volunteer organization, each year, Hands on DC depends on a great group of volunteers to plan and execute the events we hold throughout the year. The Board of Directors is currently recruiting Co-Directors to work to make our FY2014 event season great! Co-Directors are responsible for managing the executive committee in the operations of the organization, including fundraising, event planning, sites selection, and volunteer management.
Those interested in this great leadership opportunity should complete the application below, and send it to board member Leigh Egaas at email@example.com by no later than August 1st.
If you have questions about the Co-Director role, please reach out Chris and Anne, this years Co-Directors, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
HoDC Co-Director Application Form July2013
HoDC Co-Director Job Description July2013
HoDC Co-Director Nominating Committee Guidelines July2013
Of course, there are many ways to get involved in Hands on DC. We will be looking for new Executive Committee members to help out with school site selection and management, volunteer recruitment and management, logistics, fundraising, and public relations. If you are interested in hearing more about some of these opportunities, please reach out to Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate a successful year by coming out to our annual celebration that took place on the 26th of June. Special thanks to our host Mellow Mushroom Adams Morgan, Urban Alliance, our sponsors, vendors, donors and last but not least, all our volunteers! None of this happens without you!. Congratulations to Laura Matteo and Opeyemi Akinrinsola for your outstanding contribution to Hands on DC and our community!
Hands on DC Annual Celebration
Hands on DC’s annual celebration is just a few weeks away!
The evening will include local artists at work, a silent auction, an interactive mural painting experience, live music, and food and drink with fellow volunteers and Hands on DC friends and supporters!
Wednesday June 26th from 5:30-9:30
Mellow Mushroom, 2436 18th St NW, Washington DC
(Accessible from the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan metro station)
Tickets are $15 for general guest, and $25 for guest with a contribution to Hands on DC. All tickets include food and one drink of choice. Purchase tickets online at: http://handsondc2013.eventbrite.com
Donated Auction Items include:
- Gym membership
- Spa package
- Art work by local artists
- 2 night stay at a B&B in Old Town
- Plane tickets to a vacation destination
- Tickets to a Nationals baseball game
- Restaurant gift certificates
During the month of May, Hands on DC successfully hosted two Work-a-thons on May 4th and May 18th and we could not have done it without you! At these events, volunteers weeded, planted shrubs and flowers, painted hallways, fences, doors, and playground games, and completed special projects. Here are some fun facts about the events:
Fun facts about the events:
Total volunteers: 629 (235 on May 4th and 394 on May 18th)
Number of schools we worked at: 18 (Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, Frances Stevens, Maury, Noyes, Peabody, Tyler, Stuart Hobson, Takoma, Plummer, Walker-Jones, Stanton, Jefferson, Smothers, Garfield, and Marie Reed)
Murals painted: 17
Bookcases built: 10
Bags of mulch used: 320
Gallons of paint used: 113
Thank you all for making our biggest events of the year a success!
As we gear up for the second and final May work-a-thon, here’s a highlight from the May 4 event, which was covered in the DuPont Current. Check out the front page photo of our volunteers!
Thank you to the Current for coming out and for the fantastic photo!
Thank you to everyone who helped make our May 4 work-a-thon such a success! We had a beautiful, sunny spring Saturday. Hundreds of volunteers were in schools across the city, tackling murals, stairwells, landscaping, and more.
Here is just a sampling of the projects from that day:
- You’ve been meaning to add to your cotton t-shirt collection.
- When’s the last time you were allowed to draw and paint on walls?
- Who doesn’t get nostalgic when eating a pizza lunch in the cafeteria?
- You know that paint color you’ve been contemplating for your apartment? Nothing affirms if it’s a good color like seeing it on a gym wall.
- Paint by number. You’re hooked! The murals are trace and sketch, allowing anyone to channel their inner Picasso.
- Your Mr./Mrs. Right (or just a date for next weekend!) could be the stranger you meet over a day-long landscaping project. Nothing says love like some perennials.
- The after party is fantastic.
- In a town known for Congressional gridlock and bureaucracy, it’s nice to give back at such a local level and see the immediate impact your time and energy has made.
- Hands on DC is one of the best volunteer groups in DC. <obviously>
- There is nothing better—at the end of a beautiful spring Saturday—than knowing you made a difference in the education of a DC public school student.
Register to volunteer by emailing email@example.com
On a more serious note, reasons to consider a fiscal donation in addition to your time and energy (all GREATLY appreciated):
- Support Hands on DC’s scholarship work! Over 18 years, Hands on DC has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarship funding to DC public school students.
What good are volunteers if we don’t have the materials? Fiscal donations help cover the materials we need to undertake the very ambitious to-do list. Hands on DC provides all labor and materials, and your donation helps keep the ‘hands’ in Hands on DC busy.
- All donations are tax deductible. It’s a two-for-one: feel good when you donate now, and again next April when you file your taxes!
- That money burning a hole in your pocket? Hands on DC can put it to good use. Donations to Hands on DC last….the paint on the wall will be there for years; that new planter box will bloom again next spring.
- “That’s $50 for a T-shirt, right?” Seriously, it’s more than a line in a current pop song: donating $50 not only bolsters all the reasons listed above; it also gets you your very own Hands on DC t-shirt, with our awesome logo!
- Please take a moment to make a donation, whether $5 or $500, to support Hands on DC, the work of our volunteers, and our scholarship program. Donating is easy: Visit our FirstGiving site.
Hands on DC’s annual May events are just around the corner. Sign up today for one of the TWO work-a-thons Hands on DC is coordinating in May: Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 18. For both days, Hands on DC will be in multiple schools across the district.
Twice as many events means we will need twice as many volunteers to cover all the schools. In fact, we expect enough school-based projects–from painting murals and hallways to doing landscaping and playground projects–to keep upwards of 1,000 volunteers busy over the two days.
Help us meet our goal of 1,000 volunteers and spend a sunny spring Saturday making a school a little bit brighter. Grab a friend (or 7!) and sign up today.
You can register as a volunteer by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hands on DC is ready to kick off its annual May Work-a-Thons! Join us for our inaugural Fun Run Week, where Hands on DC hosts fun-runs in conjunction with local run clubs. It’s a great way to combine the socializing and fitness of running with the chance to learn more about Hands on DC and how you can get involved.
Tuesday April 16: Shirlington Run Club: Join us at the Bungalow in Shirlington, VA for their summer 5-k route, where the emphasis is as much on running as it is on socializing and having fun. The 5k route starts and ends at Bungalow, which offers its happy hour drinks and menu after the run so you can re-fuel. Grab your friend, your roomie, or your coworker, and make it a fun Tuesday night! Details:
- Bungalow (2766 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA)
- Fun Run Starts at 6:30. Be on-site and ready to run by 6:20.
- The Bungalow/Shirlington location is NOT metro accessible, but parking is free and ample.
- Plan on attending? RSVP my April 15: http://goo.gl/5JY79
Thursday April 18: Three Pacers Store Run Clubs: Join us at one of three local Pacers locations for their Thursday night fun run route (Pentagon Row, Alexandria, or Clarendon). The runs all start at 7 pm and vary between 3-5 miles. Grab your friend, your roomie, or your coworker, and make it a fun Thursday night! Details:
- All three Pacers locations are metro accessible and have limited street parking.
- Pacers Arlington (3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington VA; Clarendon Metro)
- Pacers Alexandria (1301 King Street, Alexandria, VA; King Street Metro)
- Pacers Pentagon Row (1101 South Joyce Street, Arlington VA; Pentagon City Metro)
- Fun Runs start at 7 pm. Be on-site and ready to run by 6:50.
- NOTE: There will be a Hands on DC Happy Hour after the Fun Run in the Clarendon neighborhood.
- Plan on attending? RSVP by April 15: http://goo.gl/Pljp3