Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) Volunteer Opportunities

Holly Brown from HandsOn Sacramento (left), Lynn Pesely from Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps, and Nick Peterson from Sacramento Self-Help Housing (right) during the turnover of boxes of MREs (Ready-to-eat meals) from Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps to Sacramento Self-Help Housing at HandsOn Sacramento’s office. The MREs are donated by SMUD.

We partner with HARTs Together to bring you volunteer opportunities that are available across the Sacramento Region!

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Volunteers Help Fight COVID Battle Through Selfless Giving

More than 93,000 hours spent offering aid

HandsOn Sac volunteers ready to serve those in need at South Sacramento Samoa Food Pantry

(Sacramento, CA) – Over the past twelve months, the pandemic has unleashed a wave of giving back.  On the Big Day of Giving, HandsOn Sacramento would like to highlight how a year of giving has been extremely valuable in helping people get through the pandemic.

“In the beginning, people were lost.  Everything was shut down and many who came to us said they just wanted to do something to help,”Lynn Pesely, Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Many Sacramento area residents stepped forward in various ways to offer assistance to those struggling in the face of COVID-19.  The pandemic left many in need, but it also drove others to answer the call to help their neighbors in any way possible.

From March 2020 through March 2021, HandsOn Sacramento experienced a large wave of volunteerism in the region as the various non-profit agencies solicited for help and the community responded to give back.

HandsOn Sacramento is a regional center for volunteerism that connects volunteers with organizations that need a hand.  As the magnitude of the pandemic became evident, we saw our volunteer ranks swelled with those who felt they had something to offer. 

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March 2021 Updates

A Year After the Pandemic, Volunteers Continues to Shine #volunteersareessential

Dear Volunteers –

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers continue to be a necessity in our community, and so we thank all volunteers who continue to serve selflessly to make their neighbor’s day, or to create a less lonely quarantine. This month, the need for volunteers continue. We believe all volunteers are essential. If you know a fellow volunteer, give them a shoutout! #volunteersareessential

Because of this, we are recognizing our beloved volunteers who are passionate about their advocacy and exemplify their values in action. People Helping People presents stories of volunteers in our community that are worth sharing. If you know a volunteer who deserves recognition, please send us an email through Mika at mguevarra@communitylinkcr.org.

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“Because Every Child Deserves a Birthday”

Happy 2021! We are grateful for the support that you provide to the children in need that we support through this program. The COVID-19 crisis did not stop Project Birthday from continuing the parties in our three locations, but our operations are affected. Our Party Sponsors have agreed to create a Birthday in a Box for the parties they sponsored, and our in-person gatherings are now limited to the residents of the shelters. Luckily, Project Birthday is now joined by two amazing volunteers, Amahirani and Lauryn. Our small but mighty team is continuing to coordinate and spread the goodness our volunteers have to offer to the children we serve.
Project Birthday is a 100% volunteer organization providing birthday parties to children in need. The mission of Project Birthday is to brighten and celebrate the lives of those in need by providing monthly birthday parties and gifts to children living at the St. John’s Program for Real Change, Next Move Homeless Services and The Salvation Army E. Claire Raley Transitional Living Facility.

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Virtual Volunteering Page

We are pleased to present to you our newest pages on HandsOn Sacramento that will help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity. We are launching our Virtual Volunteering page, which is a dedicated resource to volunteer in the comfort of your own home. In this page, you will see currently available local volunteer opportunities, FAQs for those who need help navigating our website, and a Volunteer Safety page to provide you with precautions while volunteering onsite. We also have other virtual volunteer resources from our partners at Points of Light Foundation, GenerationOn and California Volunteers.

US Department of Homeland Security Nonprofit Grant Program

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nonprofit Grant program provides funding for infrastructure security improvements for “high risk” nonprofit organizations. This funding can be used to purchase and install security cameras, door locks, fencing, and conduct security training and planning. This grant program is competitive, and the applications are submitted to the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Infrastructure Grants Unit which administers the program for the US DHS. The FY 2021 federal grant guidance, however, has not yet been published and is expected to be released sometime this month.

The funding amount allocated for this program was increased by Congress for FY 2021. Given the impact of the national pandemic on organizations and the potential for a short application timeline, consider preparing or updating previous applications for submission. Eligible institutions are highly encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

For more information about the FY 2021 Homeland Security Nonprofit Grant, please visit the California OES Infrastructure Protection Grants Unit website.

Cal OES Grants Management Chief Reneé A. Mota-Jackson will be conducting online webinars once the funding notification is released. For inquiries, please contact Reneé at (916) 845-8404, (916) 261-4542 or email Renee.Jackson@CalOES.ca.gov.

Thank You, Valeri!

Valeri leads a group of Blue Shield volunteers during the 2017 Blue Shield Month of Service at Folsom Cordova Community Partnership. This was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize the efforts and accomplishments of Valeri Mihanovich, HandsOn Sacramento’s Director, who served in our organization for more than 20 years. Last November 2020, she accepted a position with the California Office of Emergency Services as their new Emergency Services Coordinator/Voluntary Agency Liaison for their Individual Assistance Division.


Her experience in volunteer and disaster management is widely recognized by colleagues, co-workers, and friends. She served as the Volunteer and Donation Liaison for Sacramento, Yolo, and El Dorado Counties and the Coordinator for Sacramento Region Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Through the VOAD, Valeri developed strong partnerships with local governments, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations and convenes the group quarterly to coordinate tabletop exercises, problem-solving discussion groups, and address current needs in response and recovery. Valeri also served as the Vice-Chair for NorCal VOAD and Local Board Administrator for the Sacramento Region Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), a national FEMA program that allocates funds to nonprofits that address hunger and homeless needs in local communities.

Thank you so much for your amazing work, Valeri!

October 2020 Updates from HandsOn Sacramento

Dear Volunteers – We hope everybody is safe and well. Our COVID-19 response continues to pick up speed this month. We are pleased to present to you our newest pages on HandsOn Sacramento that will help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity. We are launching our Virtual Volunteering page, which is a dedicated resource to volunteer in the comfort of your own home. In this page, you will see currently available local volunteer opportunities, FAQs for those who need help navigating our website, and a Volunteer Safety page to provide you with precautions while volunteering onsite. We also have other virtual volunteer resources from our partners at Points of Light Foundation, GenerationOn and California Volunteers.

Please be sure to register at HandsOn Sacramento first before you volunteer. While we appreciate you for sharing our volunteer opportunities on social media, our partner volunteer agencies would like to know who their volunteers are and when they are coming.  Also, please know, that when you support a COVID-19 volunteer response effort, you are providing an essential service to our community. We will continue to send you updates as the situation on evolves. The need is urgent. Please continue to check back here for additional opportunities and the situation is always changing.

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September 2020 Updates from HandsOn Sacramento

Dear Volunteers – We hope everybody is safe and well. More then ever, our community needs us to help face the challenges we’re currently facing. The COVID-19 pandemic, the wildfires across our state and everyday issues dampened our spirits, but your help as a volunteer will serve as a ray of light. Aside from food pantry and food bank needs, we are adding more ways to volunteer in our community. Please be sure to register at HandsOn Sacramento first before you volunteer. While we appreciate you for sharing our volunteer opportunities on social media, our partner volunteer agencies would like to know who their volunteers are and when they are coming.  Also, please know, that when you support a COVID-19 volunteer response effort, you are providing an essential service to our community. We will continue to send you updates as the situation on evolves. The need is urgent. Please continue to check back here for additional opportunities and the situation is always changing.

Northern California Wildfire Response

Northern California Grantmakers is monitoring various fire updates, complied vetted funds, resources and events on their page by working with key state and local partners. The widespread wildfires in Northern California has caused damage to homes and structures, displacements, smoke and other impacts, which is added by the current extreme heat weather and COVID-19 pandemic.


For more information, visit Northern California Grantmakers’ Website.

Please do not self-deploy and donate material goods at this time. See the think above for how to make a monetary donation.

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