Volunteers set to spread across city for Hands on Charlotte

Volunteers are shown helping out during Hands On Charlotte Day 2014.
Volunteers are shown helping out during Hands On Charlotte Day 2014. Hands On Charlotte

Hundreds of volunteers will fan out across Charlotte on Saturday to sort donated clothes, do landscaping at a school, clear neighborhood debris and repair nature trails.

And that’s just for starters at the 23rd edition of Hands On Charlotte Day.

Volunteers will help at about 10 sites, and Beth Addison hopes you’ll join in.

The event, after all, “impacts thousands of lives,” Addison said. She is fund development and communications manager for Hands On Charlotte, the nonprofit volunteer service organization that runs the event.

Founded in 1991, Hands on Charlotte promotes volunteerism and direct community service throughout the year to meet Charlotte’s most critical needs.

Hands On Charlotte Day is the organization’s largest fundraiser, raising money through sponsorships and registration fees.

The event aims to draw 500 volunteers who can choose from various sites when they register online. Companies send teams of volunteers, including UTC Aerospace Systems, the event’s legacy sponsor, and the local office of UBS.

Saturday’s volunteers can help landscape at Marie G. Davis Academy, where “Hands On” crafts projects will be available for children.

They can do trail maintenance at the Carolina Raptor Center, weeding and mulching at Friendship Gardens, or clothes sorting at Crisis Assistance Ministry. Sorting food at Second Harvest Food Bank is already booked.

The event from 9 a.m. to noon comes at the end of National Volunteer Week and will conclude with an after-party at Sugar Creek Brewing Co., on Southside Drive off Old Pineville Road.

Addison said she hopes the event will inspire volunteers who turn out Saturday to catch the volunteer bug throughout the year.

Working with 120 nonprofit partner agencies, Hands On Charlotte volunteers provide about 31,000 service hours each year. Volunteers can choose from up to 150 volunteer opportunities a month, she said.

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Hands On Charlotte Day 2015

To register as a volunteer, visit www.handsoncharlotte.org/hocday2015.