HandsOn Broward Programs 2017


Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

VITA, a public service program, trains volunteers to help thousands of low-to-moderate income families prepare their tax returns and claim the EITC free of charge. To ensure the program’s long-term sustainability, HandsOn Broward led the charge to establish the Broward VITA Collaborative, a coalition that brings appropriate agencies together to ensure standardized EITC/VITA programming across Broward County. HandsOn Broward, Children's Services Council, Minority Development and Empowerment Inc., Hispanic Unity of Florida, United Way of Broward County, and the IRS are among the collaborative participants. HandsOn Broward's role in the collaborative includes recruiting and retaining over 300 volunteers, training that culminates in IRS certification, marketing and outreach to low-income populations, and maintaining records and accounts.

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Comcast Digital Connectors Program

Comcast launched its Digital Connectors Program in 2009 as part of a national movement to inspire youth to use technology to change themselves, their communities and their world. Managed locally by HandsOn Broward, this hands-on, lab-oriented course prepares teens and young adults, ages 14 and 21, for exciting career opportunities in the technology industry while also developing them as community leaders. Participants have the opportunity to earn community service hours and receive certificates of completion from Comcast, Cisco IT Essentials: PC Hardware & Software and EverFi Financial Literacy

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Corporate Volunteer Services

HandsOn Broward identifies volunteer projects that suit organizational goals and project requirements of socially responsible companies who seek to engage their employees in the Broward County community.  Whether an on-site assembly project or an off-site beautification project, HOB works carefully with businesses to create a memorable, sustainable and impactful volunteer experience. 

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Kids Care Club is an initiative that develops compassion and social responsibility in elementary and middle school children while demonstrating to each child their power to impact communities through volunteer service regardless of age.

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HandsOn Broward’s Teen Service Club offers youth ages 13-17 the opportunity to get out into the Broward County community and make a positive impact through service.  Teen Service Club members participate in “hands on” direct service volunteer opportunities led by HandsOn Broward staff members at partnering nonprofit agencies throughout Broward County. A new Teen Service Club project is offered each month and members choose projects that interest them.

Some benefits of Teen Service Club are:

  • Learning about social issues and community needs
  • Developing personal insights, gaining leadership skills and understanding good citizenship
  • Improving college applications and résumés while positively impacting the local community
  • Assisting participants in meeting their schools’ community service requirements
  • Providing opportunities to visit different places, meet diverse people and enjoy new experiences.
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HandsOn Broward’s goLEAD program is a service-learning initiative developed by generationON that inspires, equips and mobilizes middle- to high-school youth to become strong leaders who effect positive community change through service. Participants engage in 30 hours of meaningful service-learning, leadership skill-building and hands-on activities that culminate in a collaborative capstone service project that benefits the local community.

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Disaster Response Team Training/Volunteer Reception Center (VRC)

In the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster, HandsOn Broward is charged with leading Broward County’s Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF 15) - Volunteers and Donations.  In this role, which is critical for response and recovery, HandsOn Broward manages unaffiliated, spontaneous volunteers to meet the needs of organizations and individuals impacted by the emergency. Monthly orientation meetings are hosted for interested volunteers throughout the region.

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration | January 14-16, 2017
  • National Volunteer Week | April 23-29, 2017
  • Earth Day | April 22, 2017
  • National and Global Youth Service Days | April 21-23, 2017
  • 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance | September 11, 2017
  • Make A Difference Day | October 28, 2017
  • National Family Volunteer Day | November 18, 2017
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