Just last January 28, we finally had the time to attend Hands On Manila's volunteer orientation at Powerbook's Greenbelt. That's where we got introduced to Hand On Volunteer Vacations (HOVV).
Hands On Manila Foundation, Inc. (HOM) is a non-profit organization which provides flexible volunteer opportunities for community service. HOM offers close to 40 projects every month, each led by the Sherpa or the volunteer leader. A 'Sherpa' is a Nepalese term which means mountain guide. Each project may involve five or more volunteers, and may last 2-5 hours.
Projects are printed in the monthly newsletters for distribution or can be asked thru email. The Calendar Projects are divided into the following categories:
- Differently-Abled People
- Sports and Recreation
- Children and Youth
- Computer Literacy
- Environment and Clean-Up Projects
- Culture and Heritage
Hands On Volunteer Vacations fall under the last two (or may also fall under other categories depending on the activity). The sample projects presented at the orientation included projects in Mindoro, Bohol (wildlife conservation) and Aklan (mangrove plantation).
How to become a volunteer? Four easy steps:
1. Attend an orientation.
2. Choose a service project.
3. Contact a Sherpa or the HOM office and sign up for the chosen project.
4. Show up, of course.
If time does not permit you to join the volunteer programs, you may also help by donating cash. Visit HOM's website today and check out your options. 'Be the change. Volunteer.' - HOM
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