Frequently Asked Questions...

What is Hands On Orlando’s mission?
Hands On Orlando helps you help others.

How important is Hands On Orlando to me and Central Florida?
We have served over 190,000 volunteers, assisted
more than 300 organizations, schools and parks and managed over 5250 projects. We improve our community by educating, inspiring and empowering people to help others through volunteer action.

How many people have Hands On Orlando helped?
Hundreds of thousands of people. Help comes in degrees of importance. Plus 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 mometary 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?
Please 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 hard, detailed and challenging work.

Why does Hands On Orlando lead its volunteer projects?
Our leadership, with trained volunteer Project Leaders, helps ensure positive outcomes for volunteers, people who need help and recipient non-profit 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?
We serve volunteers and people in-need who embrace any faith or philosophy.

I lead a group.  Can we reserve volunteer spots?
The risk of no-shows is too great. That's an important lessons we have learned over the past 16 years.

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

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

Why doesn't Hands On Orlando serve people who are court-ordered to perform “community service?”
The courts have defined “community service” as a punishment.

Who sets the minimum age of volunteer participation?
Agencies that receive our help set the minimum age of participation, and it varies by project. Factors include liability, work quality and quantity. All HOO 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.

What are Hands On Orlando’s greatest challenges?
Funding is our greatest challenge. The vast majority of people we serve mistakenly think they help us when they volunteer. So they don't typically donate money.

Also, the social-services segment of the non-profit sector generally does a poor job of retaining and passing along institutional knowledge. We have to constantly rebuild relationships.

When was HOO founded?
June, 1999.