Donate Responsibly!


Donating is one way to help in times of dire need, but not all donations can be utilized well.  Cash donations are most preferred and highly recommended because it reduces the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods while supporting local economic recovery.  We also strongly encourage donors to carefully research charitable organizations prior to donating to make sure their donated funds will be utilized well.

For more information on donating responsibly, check out

American Red Cross and the Salvation Army also accept cash donations.

For Salvation Army donations to the Oroville Spillway, go to their website (linked above) or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Oroville Response”. Donations by mail may be designated “Oroville Response” and sent to:

The Salvation Army

PO Box 348000

Sacramento, CA 95834


2017 National Seasonal Preparedness

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has prepared the 2017 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar & key messages which provides you with content to promote preparedness all year.

Download the Ready 2017 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar (PDF)
Download the Ready 2017 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar (JPEG)

General Preparedness

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include your pets.
  • Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends.
  • Check on neighbors.
  • Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work etc.
  • Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action.
  • Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise.
  • Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive.

For more information, visit

Ready National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar for 2017.

Volunteer to Help the Homeless at the City of Sacramento Warming Center

We need your help! The City of Sacramento will be opening a warming center anytime temperatures reach below 40 degrees.  This “Pilot” program starts on Sat. 12/24 and will potentially continue through March 2017 on every evening when the temperatures fall below 40 degrees.  HandsOn Sacramento has been asked to help provide staffing for the center throughout the night for two shifts (6 p.m. – 12 a.m. and 12 a.m. – 6 a.m.).

The warming center will be at the Southside Park Pool House at Southside Park, 2107 6th Street, Sacramento, 95814.  Security will be provided as well as snacks, drinks, and blankets for people who utilize the warming center.

Please sign-up here if you are interested in volunteering for this effort and we will alert you when volunteers are needed (and you will be needed!)

HandsOn Sacramento Staff

Tips for Raising Caring Kids through Volunteerism

The holidays provide a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and electronics and connect as a family together through volunteerism. Start off your holiday season and volunteer through our website. A perfect project to get you and your family in the spirit of giving and caring is “Help to assemble 10,000 kits for Homeless and Low Income Kids” on December 7th. Or get in the holiday spirit and Help Decorate the Hart Senior Center in Sacramento for the holidays year round.

If you are looking for something to do on your own, consider this project I have done with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and again with their friends each year. I assign each kid to earn $20-30 by doing chores for their parents for 2-3 weeks. At the end of the three weeks, I take all of these kids to the grocery store where each child will purchase a holiday dinner for a family. It is interesting to see the kids do the math and to really work at stretching their individual budgets (more lessons learned…) Then we take the food purchases and drop them off at a local food bank food drive i.e. the annual Sacramento Food Bank Turkey Drive on 11/21. I love doing this every year and it is so rewarding to watch these kids proudly make their hard-earned purchases and deliver them to help others in need.

Are you looking for other ways to get your family engaged? This article appeared in our weekly HandsOn Network/Points of Light newsletter:

“Tip #5: Get your kids to give back. “Volunteering is a powerful way to teach kids valuable real life lessons about empathy and caring,” say parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba and generationOn Executive Director Dan Horgan in this week’s Huffington Post. Find more tips on raising caring kids here – and on Saturday, November 22, join Points of Light’s generationOn and Disney Friends For Change for the 24th annual Family Volunteer Day, a national day dedicated to giving back together. For Family Volunteer Day project ideas and more, visit”

Community Link People Helping People Award Winners Announced Last Night

SACRAMENTO (Oct. 15, 2014) –- People and organizations who have made a positive difference in our regional community were honored this evening as Community Link Capital Region presented its 26th annual People Helping People Awards and celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding.

With the Aerospace Museum of California as the backdrop and several hundred guests in attendance, Community Link’s “Soaring Salute to the Region’s Volunteers” paid tribute to eight individuals and organizations and also honored a long-time former board member by naming one of the awards for him.

Henry Wirz, CEO of SAFE Credit Union, was named the first recipient of the Maynard Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an individual who has been a leadership-level volunteer in our regional community for at least 20 years. And Nelson, who served on the board of Community Link from 1959 to 1965 (when it was known as the Community Welfare Council), was instrumental in bringing the Kings to Sacramento when he chaired the Metro Chamber board and at 92 still teaches ground school to student pilots as a volunteer at the Museum, was on hand to help present the award to Wirz.

A leader in the regional community for more than 30 years and currently chair of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation board, Wirz has served on and/or chaired numerous other boards including NextEd, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, the UC Davis Foundation, the Los Rios Chancellor’s Circle, City Year, the Aerospace Museum of California and the Metro Chamber. Married to an elementary school teacher, Wirz has kept SAFE actively involved in education. The organization funds scholarships through the Sacramento County Academic Decathlon as well as its own scholarship program. Earlier this year, Wirz was honored by the Salvation Army for his philanthropic efforts and in 2013 was honored by the College of Education at California State University-Sacramento.

Other award winners included:

The Sacramento Bee Exceptional Community Support Award (honoring a business or organization with a long history of outstanding support for community initiatives, projects and charities): SMUD. Since its founding in 1946 SMUD has been very active in the community and last year alone, 85% of its 2,200 employees worked on at least one volunteer project—donating more than 20,000 hours and 450 hours to 250 nonprofits.

The SAFE Credit Union HandsOn Superior California Award (honoring a business or organization that has supported an exceptional employee group volunteer project in the past year): Kaiser Permanente. Last January, more than 200 Kaiser employees from all levels of the organization engaged in six different volunteer projects around the region on Martin Luther King, Jr, Day of Caring.

The SMUD S.T.E.M. Leadership Award (this new award honors an individual for exceptional community volunteer service in the area of science technology, engineering and/or mathematics education): Mark Graham, Aerojet Rocketdyne, who over the past 28 years has made more than 4,000 aerospace science presentations to kids in schools around the region—on his own time.

Executive Leadership Award (honoring a corporate executive, business owner or high-level management leader who models exemplary corporate social responsibility for employees, peers and the community at large): Garry Maisel, Western Health Advantage CEO, who “walks the talk.” He currently serves on/chairs eight different community-based boards.

Unsung Hero Award (honoring an individual volunteer who has performed a special deed or project not previously recognized): Deborah Meltvedt, 916 Ink. Her innovative after-school creative writing program at Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School has resulted in more than 800 students having material published since the program began in 2011.

Youth Volunteer Award (honoring an individual volunteer under the age of 21 who has performed a special deed or project): Nicholas Wilson, Safety Center of California. A junior at McClatchy High School, Nick has been a member of the Safety Center board for two years and not only volunteers time at Safetyville but also helps write grant proposals for the Center.

People’s Choice Award (honoring an exceptional nonprofit or service organization that embodies the spirit of the People Helping People Awards in its work to improve the quality of life in the region): Active 20-30 International.  Chosen through an online voting process using Facebook, the two local chapters combined to out-poll three other organization. The two clubs (#1 and #1032) raise thousands of dollars annually for dozens of local nonprofits ranging from Big Brothers-Big Sisters to Sacramento Children’s Home.

Community Link is a 75-year-old nonprofit organization founded in 1939 to identify and address gaps in human services. Today the organization serves a six-county region through its Collaborative Solutions, 2-1-1 Sacramento and Regional Center for Volunteerism/HandsOn Superior California programs.

Good News About Youth Who Volunteer!

Here is some good news for parents and youth. A new report released by Opportunity Nation was featured in the weekly Points of Light Foundation Blog. The article provides fresh and compelling evidence about the benefits to youth who volunteer.  The article states that youth volunteerism is “…linked to a lower likelihood of disconnection among low-income youth”; and volunteering “…may also be an effective path to upward mobility for young Americans.” To read the full article go here. Happy volunteering!

Nominate your favorite volunteer or business for a 2014 People Helping People Award!

Community Link, the parent organization for HandsOn Superior California, is accepting nominations for its 26th annual People Helping People Awards event on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 at the Aerospace Museum of California

Individuals and organizations are invited to nominate one or more people or companies that have provided exceptional service to the regional community. This year, there are two new award categories:

  • The STEM Leadership Award – Honoring an individual for exceptional community volunteer service in the area of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics education; and the
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Honoring an individual who has been a volunteer at the leadership level in the regional community for a minimum of 20 years.

Winners in seven of the eight categories will be selected by a blue ribbon panel of community leaders. The winner of the People’s Choice Award, which honors an exceptional nonprofit or service organization, will be chosen by popular vote using Facebook.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Thursday, Sept. 4.  Click here to see a complete list of categories and to submit your nomination.

The awards event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 15. Proceeds raised will benefit Community Link and its programs: HandsOn Superior California, 2-1-1 Sacramento and Collaborative Solutions. We look forward to seeing you there!