Welcome, Misty!

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HandsOn Broward would like to welcome the newest member of our team, Misty Lupinacci. Misty will now serve as Team HOB’s Project Manager. Misty’s role encompasses both the oversight and execution of project management as well as agency engagement. Misty graduated from the University of Florida with a psychology degree and minored in nonprofit management. She has a true passion to serve others. Misty has extensive customer service experience and excellent interpersonal communication skills. She has served in the nonprofit field for eight years and has an almost incurable sense of optimism regarding the future.

We are excited to see the impact Misty will bring to our community!

As one of her favorite quotes states, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” -Dalai Lama XIV

Misty can be reached at misty@handsonbroward.org or 954-233-1298.

Grants & Contracts Coordinator Wanted

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Do you have a passion for volunteerism and service? Do you have what it takes to inspire people to effect positive change in our community? If so, you might be the perfect fit for our team!

HandsOn Broward is looking for a full-time Grants & Contracts Coordinator to join our busy cadre of changemakers.  Applicants should have an understanding of critical issues affecting the Broward County community and a strong desire to seek out and support positive solutions that address those issues.  The ideal candidate will have experience in the grant seeking industry, strong time management skills and excellent communication skills – both written and oral.

The Grants & Contracts Coordinator will be responsible for advancing the mission and vision of HandsOn Broward through the procurement and coordination of community, foundation, federal and corporate grants to support relevant programming.  The Grants & Contracts Coordinator will research and write proposals and contracts, administer grants and compile grant reports. This position requires creativity, critical thinking, ability to work with minimal supervision and a serious can-do attitude.

CLICK HERE to review the full position description.

Interested individuals should e-mail a cover letter and resume to HandsOn Broward’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Kristina DaSilva, at kristina@handsonbroward.org.

My Journey from Digital Connectors to Employment

by Bryant Wright, Comcast Digital Connectors Program Graduate

Img-15Greetings!  My name is Bryant Wright and my journey into computer engineering started in my junior year at Dillard High, where I was enrolled in the Hi-Tech Magnet program. In that program, I was later introduced to another program that would brighten my horizon. The program that I speak of is called the Comcast Digital Connectors Program, offered by my local HandsOn Network affiliate, HandsOn Broward.

Digital Connectors wasn’t just a program that taught the latest computer skills – it was a program that taught me about giving back and spreading the knowledge that I was receiving. I was involved in many volunteer activities such as planting trees in a park, giving a school a fresh coat of paint, teaching the elderly how to use computers and holding an e-recycle drop-off event to allow the public to drop off old computers, monitors, and printers to be properly recycled.

33542_1546731741350_1220798_nNear the end of the program I was honored with the Comcast Digital Connectors Award for my outstanding work and involvement in the community. I was honored in Washington DC in front of thousands. This was a special time because it was my first time on a plane and my first time traveling out of state. I left the Digital Connectors program with a Cisco Computer Literacy certification, the ability to take my A+ Certification for free, increased skills and knowledge, and most importantly – the value of what it means to be a volunteer.

71925_1546730061308_812344_nSeven years after the program and graduating high school, I’m currently enrolled in college in pursuit of my bachelors degree in Computer Engineering. I am employed at the Museum of Discovery and Science as a computer tech, where I’ve been for 9 years. I started at the museum as a volunteer but because of the skills I obtained from the Digital Connectors program, I was able to land an internship at the museum.  That internship later turned into a part-time and then a full-time position.  On top of all that, I’m enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and have started my own IT solutions business named “TECH-IT LLC”. With all that going on, I still find time to give back to my community by volunteering with a program called “The Dennis Project”, where I mentor and help teach S.T.E.M to urban communities.

Want to learn more about how you can become part of the Comcast Digital Connectors Program?  Contact Sophia DiNardo, HandsOn Broward’s Digital Connectors Program Instructor at 954-233-1300 or sophia@handsonbroward.org.

Welcome, Cachet!


HandsOn Broward would like to welcome the newest member to the HOB Family, Cachet Daley! Cachet will be serving as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Cachet comes to HandsOn Broward with a strong background in volunteerism and the unsurpassed compassion that comes with it.

Cachet harbors experience in child and family welfare, the judicial system, volunteer recruitment, event coordination, public speaking, and resourcing. She believes that social involvement is key to sustaining the community and positively charging the social atmosphere.

She seeks to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals to be the effective force that generates positive change in the lives of others and the community as a whole.

Cachet can be reached at Cachet@handsonbroward.org and 954-233-1300.

December Project Leader Spotlight


Our Project Leader spotlight for December goes to rock star Nicole Untch. Nicole first heard about HandsOn Broward in high school, but because she already had enough community service hours for her silver cord, she never considered signing up until someone pointed out how much she enjoyed volunteering.

“At the end of my junior year of high school, I was going through a rough time and found it really hard to be happy. I was lucky enough to have a great friend who reminded me that he’s seen me the most happy when I was helping others,” says Nicole. “That’s when I remembered HandsOn Broward and all the positive things my peers had said about the organization. I did one project and I was hooked.”

What originally motivated Nicole to get involved in the community were her parents. As an Hispanic growing up in Missouri, Nicole felt as though she belonged to a very small minority there. Most people in her community were immigrants in tough economic situations, so Nicole’s parents always went out of their way to extend their hands to those in need. “I saw the difference their simple acts of kindness made in people’s lives and I’ve always wanted to be like them,” says Nicole.

She also states, “Volunteering has completely changed my perspective about my goals for my life. I’ve always wanted help people and volunteering has given me the chance to work very closely with all types of people. I’ll admit that my goals change every few minutes, but the one goal that has developed and stayed strong with me is to make a difference.”

Nicole volunteered several times with HandsOn Broward for events like the Children’s Services Council Back to School Community Extravaganza and In Jacob’s Shoes, before taking the lead and attending Project Leader Training. She then became one of the leaders who served on the 911 National Day of Service and Make a Difference Day at Our House in Dania Beach.

Nicole decided to become a Project Leader because she wanted to invest even more in her community. “The Project Leaders I saw at events were so happy, very involved, and great at getting the volunteers involved and I wanted to be like that. From set-up to clean-up you work with the other PLs to make each event a memorable experience and you feel great when the project is done,” says Nicole.

“My advice to new volunteers is to be willing to do anything and everything!” says Nicole. “HandsOn Broward provides so many different projects, but you can find a place in every project. Be open to getting to know new people and trying new things and you’ll have an amazing experience.”

Nicole sums up her experiences in a quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” 


Nicole, you are the change! Thank you for your dedication to making a difference in our Broward County community.

HandsOn Broward Honored with NobleCause Grant to Foster Volunteerism

noblecause_stackHandsOn Broward, Broward County’s premier volunteer mobilization hub, has been awarded a $6,500 grant through NobleCause, a national grant competition mobilizing volunteers to address the greatest challenges facing their local communities.

These funds will support HandsOn Broward’s three-day 2017 MLK Weekend of Service Celebration that embraces Dr. King’s vision of a community coming together, collectively and collaboratively, to assist those who require a helping hand, regardless of age, gender, creed, or race. The weekend will be accomplished through three signature events:

  • The Human Race, a family-friendly 5k Run/Walk that supports programs honoring Dr. King’s vision of civic service,
  • A Sunday Supper to encourage community members and civic leaders to share a meal, discuss issues that affect our community
  • An MLK Signature Day of Service with service activities appropriate for all ages to benefit either a local charitable organization or low-to-moderate income neighborhood.

“HandsOn Broward believes that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of equality and social uplift is too powerful to be limited to a single day of service,” said Dale Mandell, HandsOn Broward’s CEO. “Thanks to the support of NobleCause, we’re able to bring the community together for a weekend of service to honor Dr. King’s legacy. We’re grateful to NobleCause for sharing our vision.”

NobleCause is made possible by a donor within the GiveWell Community Foundation and organized by NobleHour.com, a volunteer management tool that promotes a culture of civic engagement and charts meaningful acts of goodness. For more than a decade, NobleHour has been connecting and equipping thousands of schools, non-profit agencies, and organizations to shape well-rounded students and service leaders, build better communities, and measure their collective impact.

In total, the NobleCause competition awarded $1,000,000 in grants, recognizing 100 organizations at the $6,500 level and seven organizations at the $50,000 level. All grant recipients demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness, foster partnerships, and cultivate leaders who take action.

“We set out to encourage communities throughout the country to tell us their big, sustainable ideas to inspire quality volunteerism,” said Wesley Barnett, managing partner for TreeTop Commons and NobleHour. “By organizing volunteers to address local concerns, NobleCause award recipients are defining social responsibility right in their own communities.”

For more information regarding 2017 MLK Weekend of Service Celebration, visit www.HandsOnBroward.org .

About HandsOn Broward: HandsOn Broward inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action to effect positive change in Broward County. To learn more about HandsOn Broward’s upcoming service opportunities or to schedule a volunteer orientation at your organization or place of business, please call 954.233.1300 or visit us online at www.HandsOnBroward.org .

About NobleHour: Since 2007, NobleHour has proven to be the volunteer management solution for organizations across the nation. With its robust online platform, Noblehour enhances community engagement with a variety of innovative and transformative tools for finding, tracking, and measuring volunteer, service‐learning, and community service initiatives.

With offices in Lakeland, FL, and Portland, OR, The NobleHour team is a dedicated group of pioneers, scientists, and artists with unbelievable talents and an astonishing willingness to think outside the norm to empower people to “do good” in their communities.

Visit NobleHour.com to learn more!


Fort Lauderdale Nonprofit Hosts Birthday Party for Young Changemaker

Local youth celebrates his 9th birthday with a service project for children in need


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Jose Guzman, a small boy with a gigantic heart, dreamed about celebrating his 9th birthday by making a difference for children in his community. On November 5th, Jose’s birthday wish came true with the help of local nonprofit, HandsOn Broward. Together they planned his birthday celebration to benefit 4Kids of South Florida, a nonprofit organization that helps find homes for children in crisis.

On the day of the party, twenty of Jose’s closest friends gathered at HandsOn Broward’s offices to assemble and decorate 50 care packages filled with socks, toiletries, toys, and other items that would brighten a child’s life. Prior to the big day, Jose had successfully solicited donations to fill the boxes from his friends, family, and the community.

When asked what prompted him to celebrate his birthday this way, Jose responded, “I decided not to have a birthday party because I love helping other people. Not just myself, but other people in my community.”

He continued, “I’m thankful for HandsOn Broward because they make me feel awesome.”


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Jose’s mother, Jacqueline Guzman, elaborated, “I was caught by surprise to hear him tell me he wanted to help the homeless [for his birthday]. I sent emails to a few organizations to see how Jose could get involved in the community and HandsOn Broward replied with open arms.”

“We were thrilled when we received Jacqueline’s email and knew immediately that we wanted to be involved,” said Dale Mandell, HandsOn Broward’s CEO. “Jose truly represents the best of our future. His energy and dedication to helping others sets the bar high and serves as a positive model for other children. HandsOn Broward is proud to have helped plan and share this day with him.”

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the celebration came a few days later, when Jose and his mother arrived at 4Kids of South Florida to deliver the filled boxes. 4Kids received the boxes enthusiastically and immediately added Jose’s name to their Advocate Wall—a fitting testament to one boy’s desire to make a difference.