Frequently Asked Questions...

What is Hands On Orlando’s mission?
We tackle community problems by inspiring, educating and empowering people to help others through volunteer action.

How important is Hands On Orlando?
We have served over 185,000 volunteers, assisted
more than 300 organizations, schools and parks and managed over 4500 projects.

How many people have Hands On Orlando helped?
Hundreds of thousands of people.  Help comes in degrees of importance.  Also, our impact is as great upon volunteers as it is upon people who need help.

Is Hands On Orlando a non-profit organization?

Yes, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit, federally tax-exempt, charitable corporation.

How does Hands On Orlando stay in business?
We are 100% funded by donations from people like you, groups and companies.

When I volunteer, am I helping Hands On Orlando?

We actually help you :)

How can I help Hands On Orlando?
People, groups and companies are encouraged to make monetray
donations.  Individuals can also become Project Leaders.

Is Hands On Orlando a volunteer referral service?
We are the opposite of a referral service.  We identify, plan, manage and lead projects.  It's much harder and challenging work.

Why does Hands On Orlando lead its volunteer projects?
Our leadership helps ensure positive outcomes for volunteers and recipient agencies.

What is Hands On Orlando's service area?
Our volunteers have come from across Central Florida, all 50 states and over 60 countries.
  Almost all of our volunteer projects occur in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. 

Is Hands On Orlando a faith-based organization?
No.  People of all faiths and philosophies are all very welcome.

I lead a group.  Can we reserve volunteer spots?
Sorry.  The risk of no-shows is too great.  That's one of the important lessons we have learned over the past 15 years.

Is it okay if I arrive late or leave a project early?
Please arrive at least five minutes early and plan to stay for the duration of your project.  All projects include a formal welcome and wrap-Up.

How does Hands On Orlando come up with project ideas?
We contact and visit non-profit organizations and ask how we can help them.  Organizations also call us for assistance.

Does Hands On Orlando serve people who are court-ordered to perform “community service?”
No.  The court system has defined “community service” as a punishment rather than an opportunity.

Who sets the minimum age of volunteer participation?

Agencies we help set the minimum age of volunteer participation, and it varies project by project.  Factors include liability, work quality and quantity.  However, all projects welcome youth and adults.

Do volunteers need special skills to participate?
No.  We don’t want people to self-disqualify themselves from volunteering.

Can HOO write a letter to verify that I volunteered?
The charity you helped should acknowledge your volunteer time.  We will be happy to sign your attendance form that you bring to projects.  We also make a Volunteer Hours Verification Form available.

What are Hands On Orlando’s greatest challenges?
Funding.  Few people, groups and companies realize that we help them volunteer at our expense.  Also, the social-services segment of the non-profit sector has an extremely high employee turn-over rate.  It generally does a very poor job of retaining and passing along knowledge and experiences.  We are constantly having to rebuild relationships!

When was HOO founded?
June, 1999.