ATLANTA – May 23, 2011 – HandsOn Network, the volunteer arm of Points of Light Institute, announced today that it is partnering with Google to create HandsOn Tech, an initiative designed to increase the nonprofit sector’s effective use of technology. HandsOn Tech will activate 24 AmeriCorps VISTA members in communities across the country who will be provided with an in-depth technical education program and will then use that knowledge to build robust, long-term relationships with select nonprofits and local community members to help them implement technology tools that support their missions. “Building nonprofit and community technical capacity, knowledge and adoption will lead to increased efficiency in nonprofit operations, greater collaboration locally and nationally, and increased communications among organizations and individuals with similar challenges and goals,” said Amy Smith, president, HandsOn Network. “We believe leveraging technology in this way will lead to greater impact in addressing the issues facing our communities.” In partnership with experts in technology, including Google, HandsOn Tech members will participate in biweekly educational opportunities to develop replicable nonprofit technology assessment and skill development tools focused on technology needs, capacity and adoption. HandsOn Network is currently accepting applications for VISTA positions that will address nonprofit technology adoption, cloud based applications and online media, and technical assistance and support. Please visit the HandsOn Network website to view available positions or get more information. About HandsOn Network The volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, HandsOn Network is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers reaching more than 83 percent of the nation. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million.