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THANK YOU again for making Big Day of Giving 2024 such a success! Our final total is $75,454! These funds will be put to work right away to support Hands4Hope Education and Community Engagement Programs.

Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference is a youth-driven organization with Education and Community Engagement Programs that use the service-learning strategy to inspire and empower youth in leadership and service that has served Sacramento and El Dorado Counties since 2008. Working alongside adult mentors, we equip youth with the knowledge and skills to be civic minded and socially responsible. Participants, ages 8-18, collaborate to create community service projects, and collectively improve their social acuity in the process. 

Early giving began on April 18, so your donations count toward Big Day of Giving now!

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1. "Explore-Act-Lead" | Unique Youth Leadership Model 

Hands4Hope-Youth Making a Difference youth participants explore social issues surrounding them, take action by choosing and designing service projects, then lead these projects from start to finish - everything from food and clothing drives to anti-bullying campaigns. They create and plan their own service-learning projects to support local charities and address unmet community needs.  Along the way, they gain experience and skills in creative leadership, financial literacy, planning & organization, problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration - 21st century skills essential to success in college, the workforce and in life. 

2. We're breaking the barriers on volunteerism

Working alongside adult mentors, these youth are building relationships with people and organizations to solve real issues in their community in real-time. Age limitations and liability issues often restrict youth from volunteering directly at some nonprofits. Hands4Hope's network of 45 nonprofit partners allows youth volunteers the opportunity to serve the hungry, veterans, foster children, mentally challenged adults and children, and so many others in need.   

For fifteen years, our proven model has not only served thousands of TODAY's less fortunate - we are cultivating a community of civic-minded and socially responsible citizens for generations to come!

What is the impact of your donation? 


What is the impact of your donation?


$15 = Purchases a T-shirt Scholarship for one student with limited means


$50 = Provides material for two no-sew fleece blanket sets to create and distribute during the Winter Boutique


$100 = Provide a high school student with a new backpack filled with school supplies (including scientific calculator)


$200 = Supplemental food for two monthly dinners prepared for seniors at low-income senior housing facility (average 55 meals)


$500 = Sponsors participation in three-day leadership camp for one youth


$1,500 = Funds the operation of Placerville Youth Center and Emergency Food Pantry for one month (not including staffing)


$3,000 = Funds one on-campus service learning Hands4Hope Club at a middle or high school for half a year


$6,000 = Funds one on-campus service learning Hands4Hope Club at a middle or high school for one year

Meet the teams

Meet some passionate Hands4Hope youth and adult supporters who have teamed up on Big Day of Giving to offer their own campaigns in support of Hands4Hope's goal. They each have a remarkable story to share about how they have personally been involved, and why they are choosing to support Hands4Hope in this meaningful way.

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Mishti first started participating with Hands4Hope through her on-campus Club in 8th grade, and now that she's a senior, she has experienced so much that Hands4Hope has to offer, including her leadership role as President of the Youth Board Executive Committee. 

Monique believes in Hands4Hope's unique role in providing youth with connection and skill-building while helping those around them.

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Scott has been on the Hands4Hope Board of Directors for seven years, and chooses to give his time, energy, and expertise because he believes in Hands4Hope as a means to create strong, caring adults in our community who have leadership skills and compassion. He is personally matching his donors' donations to reach his goal of raising $12,000!

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RObyn & Alexandra

Alexandra says that her time with Hands4Hope has given her opportunities to learn that she could not have received elsewhere. As a member of the Placerville Steering Committee and an Adult Volunteer, Robyn enjoys working directly with youth and experiencing their passion and energy.

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Heather & lily

Heather, a member of the Hands4Hope Board of Directors, says she is inspired by the young people in Hands4Hope. Lily is a sophomore who has been involved for nearly 5 years, and is currently in several leadership roles. She loves getting to work with different people.

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ADam, Eadora, & Eataney

This team includes a member of the Hands4Hope Board of Directors, an alumna, and a current participant! Eadora held many leadership positions during her time as a participant, and is currently working as a Hands4Hope intern. Her sister Eataney is a current high school Club participant and leader, and loves seeing the gratitude of the organizations that the club works to benefit.

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Maddi & Gordon

In just two years of involvement, Maddi says that Hands4Hope has made a big difference on her life. Gordon is very involved in many El Dorado County organizations, and includes Hands4Hope in his community-minded efforts because he supports the mission.

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Vidditi is involved in her middle school's Hands4Hope Club, and has enjoyed finding ways to help others while making friends, too. Meredith serves on the Hands4Hope Board of Directors, and volunteers with the Sister Nora's Place outreach opportunity, and enjoys seeing how youth make the residents' lives just a little brighter.

Lynn, emerson & Taylor

Taylor and Emerson are middle school students who have found joy in helping their community through their on-campus Hands4Hope Club, as well as an opportunity to expand their skills. Lynn is a retired teacher who loves volunteering as an Adult Mentor with Hands4Hope Youth participants, especially how she gets to engage with motivated young people who are passionate about service.

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Steve has been a member of the Hands4Hope Board of Director for more than six years, including as past President. He has seen first-hand the impact of the organization on our youth and those they serve.

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Adi & Leslie

Adi and Leslie made a video together! Adi is a middle school student who says she has learned so many leadership skills, grown her confidence, and learned about so many different perspectives. Leslie cares about supporting youth in building skills to enrich our community.

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Gabby & Dolly

Gabby says that participating with Hands4Hope has helped her learn useful skills, like problem solving, becoming a team player, communicating and being organized. Dolly contributes as an adult volunteer and board member in many ways. They have secured a special incentive for donors to their campaign - a chance to receive club-level Giants tickets!



Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour giving celebration from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation that inspires people to support causes they love in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties. This generosity-fueled movement has inspired $91 million in gifts for area nonprofits since 2013. 

Donors can support Hands4Hope through our portal on the Big Day of Giving website to be eligible for prizes and boosts. To avoid additional fees, donors can participate in Big Day of Giving through Hands4Hope's own donor page or by dropping off a check at the Hands4Hope El Dorado Hills Youth Center between April 18-May 2. If your check is to support a specific team / campaign, please indicate in the memo line.

The Big Day of Giving platform accommodates donations through Donor Advised Funds (DAF) and other managed funds. You can find the drop-down to select this option during the check-out process, where the default is entering credit card info. If you would like to donate through Benevity, please contact us

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