About HandsOn


Publication: 2012-10-30



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:HandsOn Network


HandsOn Network, an enterprise of Points of Light, is the largest network of 250 volunteer action centers that extend to 16 countries around the world. These centers help people find and engage in volunteer opportunities in their local communities. They focus on innovative approaches to leveraging individual and corporate time and talent to solve community challenges. They also partner with more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations to manage volunteer resources, and developing the leadership capacity of volunteers. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at $626 million.


  • Points of Light

  • Volunteer Action Centers

  • Volunteers

  • Local Communities

  • Amy SmithPresident | Points of Light Action Networks -- Amy joined HandsOn Network in March of 2005 after supporting a variety of initiatives in the organization, including serving as Interim Director of Technology. Amy was the first HandsOn Regional Vice President, supporting all affiliates west of the Mississippi River. She was named President of HandsOn Network in 2008. Prior to HandsOn Network, Amy was the Executive Director of HandsOn San Francisco, driving the merger between HandsOn San Francisco and Community Impact to create HandsOn Bay Area, now the largest Bay Area-wide volunteer service organization. Amy has an additional eight years of corporate experience and has worked for Apple Computer on several initiatives.

  • Gary RenvilleVice President | HandsOn Network -- Gary joined HandsOn Network in September of 2008 after serving 3.5 years at Metro Volunteers in a number of capacities including Development Director, Marketing Director, and as Associate Executive Director. Gary was originally hired as Regional Vice President, supporting all affiliates west of the Mississippi River. He was promoted to the position of Vice President, HandsOn Network in October, 2010. In his current role, Gary works with over 240 HandsOn Action Centers throughout the United States. He has a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Oregon State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Teacher's College, at Columbia University in New York, New York. His passion for the power of volunteerism can be seen in his 20+ years experience in the nonprofit sector from serving as a camp counselor at the age of 13 to his recent appointment by the United States Tennis Association Board Chair to serve on their Committee for Diversity. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and playing with his small by might dog, "Sassy".