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Getting involved hands on in SCV

New organization first of its kind

Posted: August 15, 2008 7:44 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2008 5:01 a.m.

The thriving nonprofit community in the Santa Clarita Valley has a new friend - HandsOn Santa Clarita (formerly the Volunteer Resource Center of SCV).

Wade Reynolds, president of the board of directors, said the name change was designed to rebrand the organization.

"The new name really exemplifies our commitment to helping the community help itself," said Reynolds.

"We want people to quickly identify us as a volunteer hub, and comprehensive resource for local charitable organizations."

In addition, the group will now be connected to the national HandsOn organization which is the largest volunteer and citizen action network in the nation.

Reynolds said the Santa Clarita HandsOn organization is the first in California to join the HandsOn family which includes 370 affiliates, called HandsOn Action Centers that serve 83 percent of the American population and are also located in 12 international communities.

Named executive director of HandsOn Santa Clarita is Randy Phillips, a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, who has worked in the textbook publishing and nonprofit industries for more than 30 years.

"I have a passion and commitment to helping others to help themselves," Phillips said. "I believe we can all make a difference by sharing our time, our talent and our treasure with others in the SCV."

At a grand opening celebration held at the group's offices within the SCV Chamber of Commerce, board members and the new executive director cut the ceremonial ribbon and accepted certificates of recognition from local, regional and state political entities.

Phillips said the mission of HandsOn Santa Clarita will be to provide support and resources to build nonprofit capacity and connect local nonprofit organizations with volunteers, groups, and businesses to meet the needs of the SCV.

Phillips, a SCV resident since 1981, worked as the Financial Development Director for the SCV Unit of the American Red Cross before moving to a position at United Way of Greater L.A. Prior to being tapped for HandsOn Santa Clarita he served as the Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley. Phillips also held a position with the American Cancer Society.

In the SCV he has been involved for many years with the SCV Relay For Life, SCV Veterans Memorial Committee and the Santa Clarita Master Chorale.

The new HandsOn Santa Clarita inherits 10 years of supporting the nonprofit community of the SCV with education and advocacy - as well as connecting volunteers with volunteer opportunities.

HandsOn Santa Clarita will continue to publish "The Guide" to SCV community service organizations. The Guide is available at no cost to individuals seeking volunteer or other opportunities with nonprofits in the SCV.

The organization also is the host of Make a Difference Day held in October. Last year more than 800 community volunteers gathered to make a difference through 35 projects around the SCV. This year's

"Make a Difference Day" will be held on Oct. 25.


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