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Hands On has created an innovative and fun approach to community service – right from your home! Our Portable projects provide community service opportunities for families and individuals that fit your busy schedules. We provide a project info sheet, materials list, instructions, and service time sheet for a fun project that will benefit a local nonprofit.

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Teacher’s Pet 

Help create supplemental learning materials that will be used in and out of the classroom to help Buncombe County Schools’ elementary students improve their basic math skills (ex. flashcards, math skill games). Templates provided by Math Curriculum Specialists that align with classroom learning. Respond to this Opportunity

Project Linus 

Remember that special security blanket that your child loved? Project Linus blankets are for seriously ill or traumatized children. Volunteers knit, or make simple no-sew fleece “blankies” to remind a child in crisis to know that someone cares. Blankets are given to the WNC Project Linus chapter for distribution (ie. hospitals, social workers, police). Respond to this Opportunity

Donate your outgrown children's books to Hands On and we'll put them in the hands of children who need them most. "Read-cycled" children';s books will be distributed by The POP Project to nonprofits, schools, shelters, and area juvenile correctional facilities serving children in need. Respond to this Opportunity

Knit n Give
Help hand-knit newborn or adult hats from home! Completed baby hats will be given to newborns and expectant mothers served by Western North Carolina Community Health Center (WNCCHS). These hand-made hats are treasured by the families and help serve as incentive to keep scheduled appointments. Adult hats will be delivered to Homeward Bound of Asheville to be distributed to homeless men and women served at the A HOPE Day Center. Your handmade caps will keep these folks warm during our long winters. Respond to this Opportunity

Little Learners
Create hands on supplemental materials that will be given to families to support their toddler and preschool-age child’s early learning outside the classroom. Many families want to provide educational activities for their children, but have limited resources and access to appropriate learning materials at home. Project themes include number, shape and color recognition. Respond to this Opportunity

Forever Friend Pet Toys
Volunteers make simple dog and cat toys that will give shelter animals something to play with while they wait to be taken home. (ex. braided tug toys and tennis ball ropes for pups and catnip string toys for kittens). Colorful “adopt me” bandanas will help these little ones get noticed…and adopted! Completed toys and bandanas will go to the Asheville Humane Society. Respond to this Opportunity

Walker Totes for Seniors
Sometimes a little extra help is all seniors need to keep living independently and safely at home. This tote provides some convenience and, ultimately, a greater sense of independence to those who rely on walkers for added security. You don't always need sewing skills or access to a sewing machine to make these helpful totes for seniors. We've found a crocheted version as well! Donated totes will be delivered to Council On Aging of Buncombe County to be distributed to homebound seniors they serve. Respond to this Opportunity.

Crafting Together
"Crafting Together" Kits will be provided to parents at The Mediation Centers' Family Visitation Program as an activity option, and will enable parents to have simple, organized crafts available to complete with their children during the visit. Hands On provides instructions for a few easy kid-friendly craft projects. These projects were chosen for both their simplicity of materials and creation time. Respond to this Opportunity