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Road to The Gulf

Published March 9, 2011

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Are you looking for an effective solution to train and engage more volunteer leaders? Do you have volunteers lined up to serve but not enough projects? Has your community expressed interest in assisting the gulf coast region in recovery efforts in a convenient and economical way? HandsOn Network, the volunteer arm of Points of Light Institute and the largest volunteer organization in the nation, is committed to leveraging the power of volunteerism to help communities address these issues. As we take our annual conference from New York in 2010, to New Orleans in 2011, along the "Road to the Gulf," we are training and activating leaders, building nonprofit capacity and mobilizing volunteers across the country. 

At strategic stops along the Road to the Gulf, we are conducting boot camps to train service leaders to organize and manage others, and develop projects that address community-specific needs. For greater impact, HandsOn University, the training and consulting program of HandsOn Network, has developed an online service leader training course in conjunction with the Road to the Gulf program to so that more organizations can build effectiveness and volunteer leader infrastructure. 

Communities need service leadership now more than ever as we continue to face economic uncertainty and rely more on families and neighbors to solve issues, provide community support, and respond to disasters. The "road" is a civic pathway, a mindset towards self sufficiency and sustainable action in communities. Your road could include packing backpacks with books and healthy snacks for elementary school children in hard-hit gulf areas. Or, your civic path might start with service leader training and tools and resources to manage high-impact service projects in your own neighborhood. 

Learn more about how you can hit the road with us or get access to free volunteer leader training by going to Click on the "Sign Up Here" tab for more information about the tour and to register for the online training.