EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC)/VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) PROGRAM
VITA, a public service program, helps thousands of low-moderate income families prepare their tax returns and claim the EITC free of charge. HandsOn Broward has taken the initiative to standardize the EITC/VITA program across Broward County with a new committee, the Broward VITA Collaborative to ensure sustainability of the program. The Broward VITA Collaborative consists of premier agencies involved with the VITA program in Broward County to include HandsOn Broward, Children’s Services Council, Minority Development and Empowerment Inc., Hispanic Unity of Florida, United Way of Broward County, IRS. HandsOn Broward’s role in this coalition includes volunteer recruitment and retention of over 300 volunteers, training with IRS certification as end goal, marketing and outreach to low-income populations, maintaining records and accounts for reporting purposes.
COMCAST DIGITAL CONNECTORS PROGRAM
Through a grant from Comcast, HandsOn Broward is able to offer the Digital Connectors Program to at-promise youth looking to serve their communities through technology and leadership. Our current program engages teens and young adults, ages 14–21, in leadership development, digital education, life skills management and community service. By learning and involving themselves in their respective communities, taking field trips and hearing from emerging leaders, youth are able to hone technical competencies and grasp lifelong principles that inspire educational advancement and workforce preparation.
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 theBroward 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.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
HandsOn Broward’s Youth Leadership Development Program (Youth Action Corps) is a service-learning initiative that fosters civic responsibility in young people ages 13-17 through life skills, leadership and project management training.
KIDS CARE CLUB
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.
FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY CORPS
Financial Opportunity Corps (FOC) is a new program aimed at providing financial coaching and financial education workshops to low- to moderate-income households. Our innovative coaching program helps make saving for emergencies, reducing debt, building assets, and creating a plan toward long-term financial health possible for people regardless of their income. HandsOn Broward is one of ten sites selected nationwide to launch the FOC initiative. Broward’s FOC is part of a public-private partnership with Bank of America, Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This program reflects the principles of President Obama’s task force on expanding national service and we look forward to empowering our community volunteers to create a sustainable, homegrown program that will help the overall community of Broward County thrive.
DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING/VOLUNTEER RECEPTION CENTER (VRC)
HandsOn Broward is recognized as a leader in Florida’s Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF 15) – Volunteers and Donations – in the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster. Managing unaffiliated, spontaneous volunteers to meet the needs of organizations and individuals impacted by the emergency is critical for response and recovery. Monthly orientation meetings are hosted for interested volunteers throughout the region.
READY-SET-GO! YOUTH MOBILIZATION PROGRAM
Through a partnership with generationOn, HandsOn Broward offers Ready-Set-Go, an initiative that seeks to provide organizations with the capacity, resources and tools to more effectively engage youth and family volunteers. Ready-Set-Go! creates much needed volunteer opportunities and supercharge organizations. The initiative was piloted through five HandsOn Network Action Centers and more than 115 community-based organizations.
RE-ENGAGE FOR GOOD
Through a grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, HandsOn Broward connects soon-to retire Baby Boomers to hands-on service opportunities that utilize their diverse skills and talents. HandsOn Broward works with corporate and community partners to identify the interests of volunteers ages 55 and up and to match them with nonprofit organizations that need the assistance.
NATIONAL SERVICE DAYS
• Martin Luther King Day of Service- January 20, 2014
• National Volunteer Week- April 6-12, 2014
• Earth Day- April 22, 2014
• National and Global Youth Service Days- April 11-13, 2014
• 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance- September 11, 2014
• Make A Difference Day- October 25, 2014
• National Family Volunteer Day – November 22, 2014
VISIT US AT WWW.HANDSONBROWARD.ORG TO REGISTER FOR PROJECTS