2014 Leadership Institute Fellowship Team (LIFT) Program

LIFT logoDear San Francisco Bay Area Community Members,

  • Are you committed to bringing about positive change in your community?

  • Do you believe in volunteerism as an agent of positive impact?

  • Are you looking for a way to take your involvement in the non-profit community to the “next level” by serving on a non-profit board or as a staff member?

Consider applying to be a LIFT Fellow in 2014!  Teams will be located in each of the following areas:  San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the East Bay.

LIFT Program Details and Application Process

HandsOn Bay Area (HOBA) strengthens communities through volunteer action and leadership development.  We strive to provide volunteers with a high-quality experience that fuels further action, and we envision a day when everyone is inspired and equipped to be the change they wish to see in the world.

HOBA offers a year-long Leadership Institute Fellowship Team as part of our broader Lead program initiative. Our goal is to prepare participants to become non-profit and community leaders.  Fellows gain knowledge and skills that will enhance their ability to create change in their community while supporting the staff and mission of HOBA.

Program goals are accomplished through:

Leadership Development

  • Receive training from local experts in the non-profit sector

  • Engage in direct-service projects in the community

  • Learn how to network with colleagues and peers

  • Work collaboratively as a team

Leadership Experience

  • Lead and develop large-scale service projects

  • Create, plan and execute service-learning

  • Identify resources and contacts in the community

  • Achieve goals as a team

Leadership Fellows are:

  • Compassionate individuals

  • Ready to take their volunteerism to the next level

  • Individuals of all backgrounds and life experiences, at least 18 years of age

  • Involved in their community

  • Committed to making change in their community

  • Ready to enhance their ability to make a difference

  • Corporate and non-profit professionals with leadership experience or potential

  • Looking for meaningful involvement in their workplace or community

  • Motivated to contribute to their community

  • Interested in working for a non-profit or serving on a non-profit board of directors


Fellows will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Non-profit Relationship Building

  • Community Organizing

  • Managing event logistics for large days of service

  • Providing organizational support through fund raising

  • Volunteer outreach and management

  • Planning group-based, service-learning opportunities

  • Group facilitation and collaboration

  • Public speaking and communication strategies

  • Understanding local community needs

Fellows will also:

  • Develop and explore their personal leadership capabilities

  • Network with others working to improve community and civic life

  • Become a leader in the community where they live

  • Develop an action plan that will be implemented during and after their fellowship

  • Meet HOBA staff and board members

  • Have opportunities to attend HOBA board meetings

  • Receive a variety of trainings on the non-profit sector, social issues and more

  • Be connected to a network of LIFT alumni


Fellows will:

  • Commit to two full-day retreats in the Bay Area on January 25 and February 8, 2014

  • Attend two projects as a team on February 1, 2014 and an additional February date TBD

  • Attend a mid-year Reconnect retreat on Saturday, June 28, 2014

  • Attend ten monthly team meetings (one per month from February – November; time and dates will be decided on by the team)

  • Attend one HandsOn Bay Area Board meeting

  • Attend four to six supplemental trainings

  • Present accomplishments at a graduation ceremony in December 2014

  • Commit an additional five to ten hours per month for the practical skills application component, which will be done individually and with teams

  • Work with their team to accomplish their goals

  • Become a Project Leader with HandsOn Bay Area

Application Process

We invite interested HOBA members and community members to apply to HOBA’s LIFT Program.  There is no cost for the application, but if selected, there will be a non-refundable $250 fee that will be applied to materials, training supplies and will be used as the working budget for the team. (A limited number of partial scholarships will be available on a needs basis).

Successful applicants will be invited to continue with the selection process via an interview.

You DO NOT need to be a current HOBA volunteer to be selected!  All are welcome to apply, even if you have not participated with HOBA in the past.

The 2014 LIFT Program is currently underway. Applications for the 2015 LIFT Program will be available in September 2014.

Please contact lift@hoba.org for additional information.

The LIFT Program is made possible by generous support from the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation.