handson bay area impact grants

HandsOn Bay Area Impact Grants

HandsOn Bay Area Impact Grants are awarded to local nonprofits on behalf of our outstanding volunteers. Each June and December, three winners will be given the opportunity to choose a recipient organization.

Winners will be selected by the following criteria:

volunteer hero impact grantVolunteer Hero $500

Volunteer with most volunteer hours from January - June or July - December

project leader impact grantProject Leader $350

Project Leader who led the most volunteer projects from January - June or July - December

youth rising impact grantYouth Rising $150

Youth volunteer (17 and under) that logged the most volunteer hours from January - June or July - December

Impact Grant Winners Winter 2017

roberto sagredo handson bay area impact grants winnerRoberto Sagredo • Volunteer Hero $500

Roberto has volunteered over 75 hours since June 15th 2017!

Recipient Organization: GLIDE

Why do you support GLIDE?

" I chose GLIDE for several reasons. I am a member of the church, I have been singing in their choir (The Glide Ensemble) for over a decade, and because they have done so much for San Francisco over the last 53 years (Cecil and Jan)."

Why do you volunteer?

"I volunteer to gain a perspective on how our society is doing and where the needs are.   I am in between jobs and being off “the treadmill” is allowing me see this for the first time.  I am learning we can all contribute and make a difference when volunteering."


vivien wang handson bay area impact grants winnerVivien Wang • Project Leader $350

Vivien has led over 30 projects since June 15th 2017!

Recipient Organization: Project Open Hand

Why do you support Project Open Hand?

"Project Open Hand truly embodies its belief that "food is love and love is medicine" in its daily operations serving nutritious, delicious meals to over 2500 seniors, critically ill and disabled adults. Their staff--shout out to Sharon, Jo and Kelly of Downtown Senior Center--are utmost professionals and a true pleasure to work with. Personally, the DSC was a twice-a-week routine and second home for me during an extended period of unemployment, and for this I will always be grateful."

Why do you volunteer?

"To be present; to be of service to others in my city; and to always be grateful for the opportunity to make a small difference in someone's day."


minh nguyen handson bay area impact grants winnerMinh Nguyen • Youth Rising $150

Minh has completed nearly 100 volunteer hours with HandsOn Bay Area this year. Minh will also receive the Presidental Volunteer Service Award!

Recipient Organization: Martin de Porres House of Hospitality

Why do you support Project Open Hand?

"I chose Martin de Porres because it prevents hunger for many homeless people. Here, people are so caring and passionate about what they do. They inspired me to give and to always take action for the community."

Why do you volunteer?

"I think that volunteering is a great chance for me to give back to the community. Through all the organization, I learned  many things outside of class, and also have had chances to meet many wonderful people that inspired me to do more."

Impact Grant Winners Spring 2017


impact grant winner shae hughesShae Hughes • Volunteer Hero $500

Shae has volunteered over 25 service hours this year and just recently became a Project Leader!

Recipient Organization: The Bay Area Crisis Nursery

Why do you volunteer?

"There are issues in our communities that need to be addressed, and I believe people possess the pieces to the solutions to these issues. I enjoy contributing my pieces when I can, hopefully leaving a positive impact. In doing so, I repeatedly encounter a profound sense of fulfillment and live out a mission taught to me: "enter to learn, leave to serve."

impact grant winner felix mikhalkovFelix Mikhalkov • Project Leader $350

Felix has led more than 20 volunteer projects already this year! He is a regular leader at Sanctuary Homeless Shelter and the Special Olympics.

Recipient Organization: San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Syringe Access Program

Why did you choose this organization?

"I choose this nonprofit because of its positive impact on the San Francisco community. This organization never stops trying to improve the public health of San Francisco, and their volunteers are among the most pleasant people I've had the privilege of meeting."

impact grant winner victor manalacVictor Manalac • Youth Rising $150

This high school student is a regular at our Full Circle Farm and Almost Eden Garden projects.

Recipient Organization: The Almost Eden Garden Project

Why do you volunteer?

"Initially I volunteered to get through a graduation requirement. Having gone through the volunteering experience and as I approach college, I realize the volunteer work and community service is critical in any group to forge bonds of solidarity and community. I plan to continue volunteering during my college life, and make volunteering a lifelong activity."


Please contact Volunteer Services and Community Relations Manager Elena Noyes at elena@handsonbayarea.org.