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.

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Fort Lauderdale Nonprofit Hosts Birthday Party for Young Changemaker

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


Jose Guzman creates art for a care package

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.”


Jose’s friends helped celebrate his birthday by making a difference

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.