PBO Advisory Group Partners with HandsOn San Diego to Optimize Volunteering

At PBO Advisory Group, our company and team members are dedicated to serving our community. In 2017, PBO Advisory Group formedPBO Serves, a philanthropic committee whose mission is to build awareness and education about local needs through service, opportunities, and events to add value to our team and community.

At PBO Advisory Group, we not only want to serve our community but provide our employees access to great benefits. From healthcare to day care, we look for quality services that will provide not only the support they need, but also allow our team to expand their horizons. We are proud to be working with HandsOn San Diego to help our employees pursue their desire to volunteer in the community and meet our organization’s goals.

Studies show that more than 25% of the adult U.S. population volunteers. Many more want to volunteer but don’t know how to get started.

That’s where HandsOn San Diego comes in.

The nonprofit addresses the most common barriers to pursuing volunteer opportunities:

  • Does it fit my schedule?
  • Is it something I care about?
  • How long do I have to volunteer?
  • Is it convenient for me?

Through its robust website, HandsOn San Diego helps connect organizations with volunteers. Based upon your interests and schedule, you can find volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood or across the county that you can do with your family and friends or by yourself, in-person or at home. Whatever you want to do, chances are HandsOn San Diego can match you with an organization in need.

In April, in celebration of National Volunteer Month, PBO Advisory Group paid for all of our employees to register with HandsOn San Diego and to use the organization’s database and calendar to find the perfect volunteer experience.

PBO Serves’ mission is well-aligned with HandsOn San Diego’s mission to strengthen communities through volunteer action. PBO Advisory Group is partnering with HandsOn San Diego to create a company-wide event later this year for the PBO Advisory Group team to work together on a volunteer project. The company provides paid volunteer time to foster a team volunteer event while also supporting an activity that the team members are passionate about.

According to a recent employee survey, a majority of the PBO Advisory Group team are eager to volunteer with San Diego’s youth and the homeless. Many expressed interest in mentoring opportunities, as well as opportunities to serve meals to those in need.

HandsOn San Diego’s mission is to strengthen communities through volunteer action. Executive Director Lisa Lindgren looks forward to expanding its network so volunteers can easily find opportunities in all geographic and cultural communities in San Diego County. While the pandemic limited the number of organizations and specific events that HandsOn San Diego could offer to would-be volunteers, according to Lisa, more opportunities are coming online as things continue to open.

None of the nonprofit organizations that work with HandsOn San Diego are charged for the service. Volunteers pay a minimal, one-time membership donation of $25 or $50 per family. Group and corporate rates are also available. HandsOn San Diego is funded by these membership donations, grants and general donations. (See the website for more information about how to donate.)

In addition to finding opportunities, HandsOn San Diego also tracks volunteer hours, so it’s ideal for high school students, Girl Scout troops and others with specific time requirements (including court-mandated volunteer time).

HandsOn San Diego is a program of Mission Edge San Diego, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is an affiliate of the Points of Light Global Network, a network of innovative volunteer-mobilizing organizations located in more than 250 cities and 37 countries around the world. It is also a Service Enterprise certified organization.