Follow the Leader! HandsOn Network Continues Innovative, Interactive Volunteer Service Campaign

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Follow the Leader is part of Points of Light Institute’s (http://www.pointsoflight.org) Get HandsOn Campaign to demonstrate the power of volunteerism. Follow the Leader is an innovative and fun interactive online community that shows people how to create and run their own successful volunteer projects. Register on http://www.gethandson.com through the end of May to participate in Follow the Leader.

Follow the Leader, happening now, is part of the Get HandsOn campaign, a national call to action and multi-year effort by the Points of Light Institute to demonstrate the impact of volunteer service as a solution to the nation’s most pressing challenges related to education, environment, economy and emergency response. Follow the Leader is an innovative and fun interactive online community that shows people how to create and run their own successful volunteer projects.

Register on http://www.gethandson.com through the end of May to participate in Follow the Leader. Registrants will then choose and download a Project Playbook, complete their service project and tell us how it went – with a journal post and photos. Garnered from HandsOn Network’s extensive experience in creating and managing volunteer projects, these Project Playbooks represent some of the most impactful and successful volunteer projects undertaken across the nation.

All members who complete and report back on the impact of their project will be eligible to win the Follow the Leader Grand Prize Award: an all expense paid trip for two to the Philippines for a one week “Volunteer Vacation” coordinated by HandsOn Manila that includes airfare, and six night’s lodging. There are also chances to win other great prizes, including: an Apple iPad, a trip to Washington D.C. for the upcoming Tribute Event, and a trip to New Orleans to attend the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

The playbooks are a step by step project guides; both for the implementation and management of the project from beginning to end. HandsOn Network wants to motivate those already creating change and tap into the vast network of those who want to join them but need to be invited – in an imaginative way.

Once a member chooses and downloads a playbook, the website offers the ability to invite family, friends and co-workers to join in the project via Twitter, Facebook and email. After completing the project you can post blogs and journal entries about impact and experience.

Visit http://www.GHOfollowtheleader.com for an engaging, visual description of Follow the Leader with downloadable digital assets.

About Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help people act upon their power to make a difference. Points of Light Institute operates three dynamic business units that share our mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator.

About HandsOn Network
HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at $626 million. For more information, please visit http://www.HandsOnNetwork.org.

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