Formally established in August 2001, Hands On Manila (HOM) brings to the Philippines an innovative and alternative model of volunteer service. The flexibility model of volunteer service allows for volunteering to be integrated into daily schedules even for busy individuals.

Introduced and developed by the Hands On Network (formerly, City Cares), the model has been successful in many American cities. Hands On Network is an innovative alliance of volunteer organizations founded in 1992 with the mission of encouraging and effectively channeling the volunteer impulse.

Hands On Manila is the first Hands On Network affiliate in the Asia Pacific region. Hands On Manila is committed to empowering individuals to act as citizens and realize their ability to contribute to the community in meaningful ways. By providing a variety of flexible tangible volunteer opportunities, HOM seeks to enhance citizen capacity to effectively serve the community.

Based on the premise that everyone can serve, HOM’s mission is to mobilize people to address the critical social, educational and environmental needs of the Metro Manila area and in some provinces through volunteer action. HOM believes that VOLUNTEER ACTION is a powerful force for creating change.

Through our network of other non-profit and community based organizations, HOM offers flexible, diverse service opportunities for individuals, as well as customized service projects for civic and corporate groups. HOM’s goal is not only to provide service; it is also to provide meaningful experiences that clearly make a difference.

By doing so, Hands On Manila encourages an even greater sense of responsibility, caring and awareness in those who come to know the life-changing power of getting involved. Those in need as well as those volunteering are able to gain a sense of fulfillment and inclusion, as we all work together to unite and improve our community.


Our Vision

We envision a community where people contribute their time, talent, and resource for sustainable development. Our Mission To provide a wide range of flexible, innovative, and community-driven volunteer opportunities; and to mobilize capable volunteers for programs and activities that contribute to sustainable development


To provide a wide range of innovative, flexible, and community-driven volunteer opportunities.

To mobilize capable volunteers for programs and activities that contribute to sustainable development


Hands on Manila’s programs are community driven and were developed using the bottom up approach.

To simply put, we DO NOT create programs that our NGO and community partners don’t need.

We empower our partners by allowing them to develop their own programs and activities and we just help them out through volunteer mobilization and fund generation. We target to develop sustainable, measurable and high impact programs.

Corporate Partnerships

HOM also organizes volunteer activities for corporations as part of its corporate employee volunteer program. Corporate partnerships come in two forms: long-term partnership wherein a corporation taps the expertise and network of HOM for a year or more to develop or strengthen its employee volunteerism; and short-term partnership, or special projects wherein HOM coordinates and matches corporations for a specific volunteer activity through one-off service projects or a series of volunteer activities.

About 100,000 students around the country participate in the program’s competition series, which culminates in a national game-show-style contest held each May.