Hands On Hartford, in partnership with others, strengthens community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility.
Hands On Hartford (formerly Center City Churches) provides direct services to people in need by promoting civic engagement and volunteerism. Our vision is to bring agencies, volunteers, congregations, community organizations, donors and businesses together to make a significant impact on our community.
Hands On Hartford specializes in creating volunteer opportunities for groups or teams of volunteers from throughout Greater Hartford. We provide volunteer opportunities for teams formed within congregations, civic groups, service clubs, youth organizations, businesses, or any other group of individuals that wants to come together in service. We emphasize service learning as part of the volunteer experience.
Hands On Hartford is the Hartford affiliate of Hands On Network. Hands On Network is an innovative, international, rapidly-growing 58-city alliance of volunteer organizations that promotes and facilitates community engagement and service learning. Hands On Network offers tested and proven programs for deepening volunteer participation. It provides national corporate and foundation grant support, and shares insights and best practices from leaders in the community engagement movement throughout the world.
Hands On Hartford’s direct service programs include MANNA, which provides basic needs such as nutrition and Peter’s Retreat, which provides supportive housing including for those living with HIV/AIDS. We are non-sectarian.